Charlotte NC
Saturday December 2, 2023 10:00-6:00      $95.00
One whole day of Holiday themed music fun and learning.

Last year was more casual fun.
This year it's actual instruction, learning and developing our musician skills.
Durham Memorial Baptist Church

Inside the beltway just north of 85.
Read on and find out what this is really all about.

Close to everything. Restaurants, motels etc. 

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What it's like

Last year was casual fun and getting to meet other local pickers in a friendly holiday way.

This year however we're going to actually learn about our music, our banjos, guitars and the like and how to play them together. That's why this one is a paid event while last year was a fun party. 

Be ready for fun and also be ready to be empowered in your music. You'll gain knowledge, and experience as we unfold the jamming scene for you. 

Small Groups

That's the way bluegrass is supposed to be played.

We'll arrange small groups for you according to skills, interests, instruments, singing to get you the best ensemble experience. Sometimes groups can change so you can get a variety of experience with more people.

Large Group Instruction . . .

happens periodically as the occasion calls.

Especially first meeting of camp and typically mornings but other times too. These sessions are for everyone to get on the same page together. 

Breakout and Topical Sessions

Mixed groups according to topic like:

Finding melody - Faking a solo when you don't know or haven't practiced the melody - Leading a song or following one. Singing and also Harmony singing - Instrument specific breakouts - Pick up notes - Fills - tone, timing and technique - Learning strategies - How to find your key(s) - capos and transposing. Who knows what will come up. We can't always hit everything but some things we always get to work on.

Gilbert Nelson

aka Dr. Jambo 

Gilbert Nelson is your host. He leads jammers to green pastures. A passionate player and teacher of the music. Gilbert can hone in on where you're at and guide you in ways to break out with more knowledge and pathways to improvement. He knows how to bring out the best in you and he leads jam camp by example with inspiration, energy, and insight.

Leigh Nelson

aka General Leigh

Affectionally known as "General Leigh" Leigh is Gilbert's "backup brain" She's part musician, part organizer and problem solver. Leigh knows jamming. She's a master with gentle and knowledgeable instruction making learning fun. Leigh plays Bass Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin and she's learning banjo now. She’ll even sing for you if you’re nice.

We love the Wernick Method

A common sense approach to getting musical fun and success in bluegrass jamming.

You'll be jamming in the first 5 minutes. We use Pete Wernick's time tested methods to get you understanding, how to techniques and plenty of action in a friendly circle of people just like you.

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