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My first ever camp of any kind! Lorna and I at wipe out stage...
We had such a blast at the music camp...there were about 150 people there, most of them guitar, then banjo, then mandolin (not to be mistaken for Mandarin, which I did a few times) us fiddlers! and these big bass things. It was bluegrass, which I knew nothing about, so it was quite an adventure.
Absolutely exhausted, it was so much fun, everyone was awesome, made a ton of friends, learnt so much stuff, played in jams, had virtually no sleep.... they did a jam til you drop every night, which we did.....I did play a solo at one of the jams, was terrified, Lorna was meant to play it with me, but she backed out after the first note, so I thought what the heck, just keep going, and even tho I was trembling on the inside....I guess no one noticed.
This is up there with one of the best times of my life... 8 hours of lessons a day, with Nate Lee and Gretchen Priest, they were so patient and fun...brought back enough learning materials for a year!
And....Lorna got her dream fiddle - I'll let her share that story cause its a good one....
First pic, sad that it's our last lesson
Hey, I'd say for this camp "Acoustic Music Camp" - very little, just have a fiddle and be able to bow! Reading sheet music or tabs is a plus. I see that some others might be a bit more intense, but I've never been anywhere else.
There were a few there with just a couple months under their belts. We've been playing since december, so we knew few easy country songs, nothing really to tempo tho.... No one is left out, from easy to wow! Everyone wants to help you, super nice people, no down time, so you are kinda thrown in and really pick it up without thinking about it. We going next year again for sure!....you gonna come too? I'm gonna start stashing now...
Sounds soooo tempting! Google maps just informed me that it's a 19 hour drive from South Florida, yikes! Looks like I might have to plan a road trip. That would be awesome to meet you both 🙂
I found an outfit called "Scor" online. They do a dozen camps around the country over the course of the year. Anyone ever hear of them?
Oh that'd be great, if you get to thinking you want to go next year, you can crash at our house - We are about 30 mins from the camp.
Just looked up scor - chamber music, looks promising, a little more expensive, but I'm thinking the point of the camps is that they are really intensive and you come out with a lot more than you went in with...so I'd pick one with the music you are interested in...
Thanks, Mimi Aysha, ... offer is reciprocal since I'm exactly 30 minutes from Fiddlershop and I think you said somewhere that you and Lorna had a visit on your bucket list. After the travelling violin, maybe we'll have to start a "travelling violinist" thread some time 🙂
Good point about choosing a camp that does the kind of music I'm interested in. Bluegrass is super intimidating for me. I'm struggling, as is, with the quick little etudes towards the end of Suzuki book 1. When damfino posts a video, those quick fingers and bow crossings are aspirational!
There's a meet up of bluegrass players in my area that I'll check out when they get back together in September and see how that sits with my ear.
Oh yes that would be cool for sure - it is on our bucket list! We haven't made it out of texas yet, both of our youngest kids graduated this year so there will be more time...
It's our hubbies that we are worried about, they are both sweethearts, but seem to be a little more needy than most (or maybe because they love us so much!) Whenever we set off anywhere we both get the same calls asking, where are you? what are you doing? why? whats for dinner? ....and we both just crack up! We take bets on who's hubby is gonna ask what for dinner first...
Can't do from 2nd week of November through December, already traveling tons.
But other than that, any 2-3-ish day trip is great, just have to bring laptop and will travel! So outside of those months I'm totally flexible...
Woo hoo! - this will be a lot of fun...we could all meet up and explore, go eat together and stuff, play a ton of violin!
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