East Troy Bluegrass Bootcamp! Sunday, September 11th

Want to learn a couple of bluegrass tunes or a little improvisation?

Play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, sing or ?

Melissa Sherman, the original founder of the East Troy Bluegrass Festival, and Lisa Creason of CreasonStudios team up to create a bootcamp for kids of all ages and abilities.

Come learn a little bluegrass and then perform with fellow bootcampers on the main stage!

On Site Registration begins at 9 a.m.

This event is open for all bluegrass instruments.

Looking for helpers! Opportunity to solo, if you want it! See below.

Mini Bootcamp Schedule

Time Description
9 – 10a Registration at the Bluegrass Kids Boot Camp tent
10 – 11:30a Session 1: Meet at Boot camp tent to find break out areas
11:30a – 1p Break
1 – 2:45p Session 2: Break out areas
3:00 p.m. Perform (not required)

Where?

East Troy Bluegrass Festival returns to village square Sept. 10-11, 2011. The sounds of Bluegrass music and the fans who love it will fill East Troy’s historic village square for the 18th Annual East Troy Bluegrass Festival on Sept. 10 -11. The rain location is East Troy Middle School, 3143 Graydon Ave. Check www.easttroywi.org for updates.

What to Bring

Student should bring their own instruments (tunable and playable) and any necessary accessories. Please check your instrument prior to the bootcamp (or have it checked out by a professional if you are unsure), as time will not permit assistance with repairing, restringing, or tuning of difficult instruments. Items you may need for your instrument include: extra strings, capo (for banjo and guitar), strap (for banjo, guitar, and mandolin), rosin, etc. Other things to bring:

  • Audio recorder and accessories to practice what you just learned during breaks
  • Tuner, if you have one
  • Rain gear—just in case!

For further information, please contact: Melissa Sherman Melissa@hardryde.ca or Lisa Creason lisa.creason@yahoo.com 262.694.9257

Ability Levels

Please be at least acquainted with your instrument (i.e., you have played it a year or so or have taken lessons).

Beginning

Fiddle: You should be able to play in first position on all strings, reproduce simple melodic phrases and/or can read all first position notes. You may know simple basic tunes but know little about a chop or know little about bluegrass tunes.

Banjo/guitar/mando/bass, etc.: these students must know a few chords, however may have trouble changing in time. These students may know how to pick out a simple lead on an instrument, but may not be quite in time or be able to play up to tempo.

Intermediate

Fiddle: You should be able to play in tempo or faster tempos. Have good command of the bow and can possibly play double-stops and/or third and above positions. Fiddle players in this group should have knowledge of a few bluegrass songs (and possibly understand how to play backup) to other instruments.

Banjo/guitar/mando/bass, etc.: these students must know how to play the basic chords and change in time. They should be able to have a basic knowledge of breaks and be able to play a simple break up to tempo.

Advanced

Fiddle: these students can play well in both melody and harmony in an ensemble, can keep tempo, be able to play double-stops, chords, and (most likely positions above 3rd =). The advanced fiddle player will also have an ear or understanding of chordal structures and may have improvising basics down.

Banjo/guitar/mando/bass, etc.: these students must know how to play chords and change in time. They should also be able to pick out a break to a few songs that is more than just the melody line. It will be thought in advance that these children will be able to pick up on breaks quickly.

If you are in the intermediate or advanced group and would like to be a helper,
I’d love to hear from you! If there are a few helpers,
we could have a special tune just for you to be flashy about!

Expectations

Beginners will be required to attend both sessions. Advanced can come to just the later sessions. Anyone that is a helper would be needed in the first session. If you want a solo, I recommend you come to both sessions. This is a free workshop meant to teach you a little something fun. We reserve the right to excuse anyone that doesn’t have the same goal. We may also move students around according to ability to help out for the best fit.

Thanks! This is going to be lots of fun!

Practice Files for Now…

Please send an email to lisa.creason@yahoo.com (Subject: East Troy Bluegrass Kids Bootcamp Send Me the Link Please!) with your name, instrument and ability level. I will send you a link to the files to practice against. It is important that you include your instrument and ability, so that I can make sure I have what you need up there. This is all about you (or your child) and having fun!

Thank you!

Want to learn a little bluegrass tune or improvisation? Play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, sing or ? Melissa Sherman, the original founder of the East Troy Bluegrass Festival and Lisa Creason of CreasonStudios team up to create a bootcamp for kids of all ages and abilities.

Come learn a little bluegrass and then perform with fellow bootcampers on the main

Want to learn a little bluegrass tune or improvisation? Play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, banjo, sing or ? Melissa Sherman, the original founder of the East Troy Bluegrass Festival and Lisa Creason of CreasonStudios team up to create a bootcamp for kids of all ages and abilities.

Come learn a little bluegrass and then perform with fellow bootcampers on the main stage!

Looking for helpers! Opportunity to solo, if you want it! See below.

Mini Bootcamp Schedule

Time Description
9 – 10a Registration at the Bluegrass Kids Boot Camp tent
10 – 11:30a Session 1: Meet at Boot camp tent to find break out areas
11:30a – 1p Break
1 – 2:45p Session 2: Break out areas
3:00 p.m. Perform (not required)

What to Bring

  • Student should bring their own instruments (tunable and playable) and any necessary accessories. Please check your instrument prior to the bootcamp (or have it checked out by a professional if you are unsure), as time will not permit assistance with repairing, restringing, or tuning of difficult instruments. Other items you may need for your instrument include:

o    Extra strings

o    Capo (for banjo and guitar)

o    Strap (for banjo, guitar, and mandolin)

o    Rosin for fiddles

  • Audio recorder and accessories to practice what you just learned during breaks
  • Tuner, if you have one
  • Rain gear—just in case!

For further information, please contact: Melissa Sherman Melissa@hardryde.ca or Lisa Creason lisa.creason@yahoo.com 262.694.9257

Ability Levels

Please be at least acquainted with your instrument (i.e., you have played it a year or so or have taken lessons).

Beginning

Fiddle: You should be able to play in first position on all strings, reproduce simple melodic phrases and/or can read all first position notes. You may know simple basic tunes but know little about a chop or know little about bluegrass tunes.

Banjo/guitar/mando/bass, etc.: these students must know a few chords, however may have trouble changing in time. These students may know how to pick out a simple lead on an instrument, but may not be quite in time or be able to play up to tempo.

Intermediate

Fiddle: You should be able to play in tempo or faster tempos. Have good command of the bow and can possibly play double-stops and/or third and above positions. Fiddle players in this group should have knowledge of a few bluegrass songs (and possibly understand how to play backup) to other instruments.

Banjo/guitar/mando/bass, etc.: these students must know how to play the basic chords and change in time. They should be able to have a basic knowledge of breaks and be able to play a simple break up to tempo.

Advanced

Fiddle: these students can play well in both melody and harmony in an ensemble, can keep tempo, be able to play double-stops, chords, and (most likely positions above 3rd =). The advanced fiddle player will also have an ear or understanding of chordal structures and may have improvising basics down.

Banjo/guitar/mando/bass, etc.: these students must know how to play chords and change in time. They should also be able to pick out a break to a few songs that is more than just the melody line. It will be thought in advance that these children will be able to pick up on breaks quickly.

If you are in the intermediate or advanced group and would like to be a helper,
I’d love to hear from you! If there are a few helpers,
we could have a special tune just for you to be flashy about!

We will base our groups on what you mark on your form, but we reserve the right to move a student to another group after the instructor has worked with the student if we feel it will be in the student’s best interest.

Student Expectations

Beginners will be required to attend both sessions. Advanced can come to just the later sessions. Anyone that is a helper would be needed in the first session. If you want a solo, I recommend you come to both sessions. This is a free workshop meant to teach you a little something fun. We reserve the right to excuse anyone that doesn’t have the same goal. We may also move students around according to ability to help out for the best fit.

Thanks! This is going to be lots of fun!

stage!

Looking for helpers! Opportunity to solo, if you want it! See below.

Mini Bootcamp Schedule

Time

Description

9 – 10a

Registration at the Bluegrass Kids Boot Camp tent

10 – 11:30a

Session 1: Meet at Boot camp tent to find break out areas

11:30a – 1p

Break

1 – 2:45p

Session 2: Break out areas

3:00 p.m.

Perform (not required)

What to Bring

· Student should bring their own instruments (tunable and playable) and any necessary accessories. Please check your instrument prior to the bootcamp (or have it checked out by a professional if you are unsure), as time will not permit assistance with repairing, restringing, or tuning of difficult instruments. Other items you may need for your instrument include:

o Extra strings

o Capo (for banjo and guitar)

o Strap (for banjo, guitar, and mandolin)

o Rosin for fiddles

· Audio recorder and accessories to practice what you just learned during breaks

· Tuner, if you have one

· Rain gear—just in case!

For further information, please contact: Melissa Sherman Melissa@hardryde.ca or Lisa Creason lisa.creason@yahoo.com 262.694.9257

Ability Levels

Please be at least acquainted with your instrument (i.e., you have played it a year or so or have taken lessons).

Beginning

Fiddle: You should be able to play in first position on all strings, reproduce simple melodic phrases and/or can read all first position notes. You may know simple basic tunes but know little about a chop or know little about bluegrass tunes.

Banjo/guitar/mando/bass, etc.: these students must know a few chords, however may have trouble changing in time. These students may know how to pick out a simple lead on an instrument, but may not be quite in time or be able to play up to tempo.

Intermediate

Fiddle: You should be able to play in tempo or faster tempos. Have good command of the bow and can possibly play double-stops and/or third and above positions. Fiddle players in this group should have knowledge of a few bluegrass songs (and possibly understand how to play backup) to other instruments.

Banjo/guitar/mando/bass, etc.: these students must know how to play the basic chords and change in time. They should be able to have a basic knowledge of breaks and be able to play a simple break up to tempo.

Advanced

Fiddle: these students can play well in both melody and harmony in an ensemble, can keep tempo, be able to play double-stops, chords, and (most likely positions above 3rd =). The advanced fiddle player will also have an ear or understanding of chordal structures and may have improvising basics down.

Banjo/guitar/mando/bass, etc.: these students must know how to play chords and change in time. They should also be able to pick out a break to a few songs that is more than just the melody line. It will be thought in advance that these children will be able to pick up on breaks quickly.

If you are in the intermediate or advanced group and would like to be a helper,
I’d love to hear from you! If there are a few helpers,
we could have a special tune just for you to be flashy about!

We will base our groups on what you mark on your form, but we reserve the right to move a student to another group after the instructor has worked with the student if we feel it will be in the student’s best interest.

Student Expectations

Beginners will be required to attend both sessions. Advanced can come to just the later sessions. Anyone that is a helper would be needed in the first session. If you want a solo, I recommend you come to both sessions. This is a free workshop meant to teach you a little something fun. We reserve the right to excuse anyone that doesn’t have the same goal. We may also move students around according to ability to help out for the best fit.

Thanks! This is going to be lots of fun!

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