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Pete Wernick's Boulder Bluegrass Camp
A new type of bluegrass camp!

January 8 - 14, 2017

Because Colorado January weather can be quite cold, especially at night, all camp activities will be held in heated indoor spaces in the Boulder Inn.

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Camp Hours: Sunday 7-9pm, Mon.-Sat. 9:30-5:30
Optional nighttime activities (open mics, jamming, karaoke, bluegrass movies, field trips, etc.)

Tuition: Tiered pricing (see below) as low as $300.

NEW!! For full bands not attending the camp...
Two-hour band coaching session with Pete, 4-6pm Tues. Wed. Thu. January 10, 11, or 12. $300. Write Pete for info or a reservation.

Limit of seven people in each of the main bluegrass instrument categories: Fiddle or dobro / guitar / banjo* / mandolin / bass.

* Pete will not be offering any banjo camps in 2017. More info

Closet pickers, this is for you!
All bluegrass instruments welcome
No jamming experience necessary
You will be jamming the first morning!

Full staff of outstanding Colorado musician/teachers led by Pete and Joan Wernick

including Jordan Ramsey (2016 Winfield Mandolin champion!), Justin Hoffenberg, Ernie Martinez, and Hereford Percy
Music sample with Jordan, Justin, and Pete

Instructional content:
  • Daily instruction at all levels for all instruments
  • Coached small groups, all levels
  • Harmony singing taught daily

For novice jammers
Same content and requirements as a typical Pete Wernick Jam Camp. You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. Fast playing is not expected, nor is the ability to solo required.

For intermediate level jammers (able to follow chord changes, take simple solos on the fly, willing/able to sing)
Harmony singing, fine points of jam dynamics, creating good solos, rehearsed or on-the-fly

For organized bands Harmony singing, band cohesion, rehearsal guidance, stagecraft including working with sound systems, band decision-making, "how to make a band work".

Tiered pricing

(tuition only, meals and accommodations on your own with discount rates available at the Boulder Inn):

Full bluegrass performing bands -- just $300/person
All members of the band (at least 4 people) must attend for the full week. Each band must be an ongoing performing band with 15+ paid performances/year. Short description of band and recording of 2+ songs should be sent with application.

Partial bluegrass groups -- $450/person Groups of people who often play together and want to be coached together in a group. Need not be performers, may include novice players. Rate available only for people registering together.

Individuals -- $600 These spots will filled as available, with preference given to people registering in groups. Waitlists for each instrument will be used to fill vacancies in partial groups. To get on waitlist, send completed application and deposit as directed on signup page. Groups will be completed by Dec. 1 and all applicants notified.

Comments from recent campers:

“I do not believe I have ever been to any type of class where the instructor made learning so easy and so much fun.”

“An incredible experience... a depth of knowledge on the subject beyond just technique, including the history, etiquette, and flavor of the genre.”

“I had a wonderful time. I like your idea of a program that focuses on entire bands. Thanks for a great experience.”

“I have never had so much valuable information and real teaching in such a short period of time.”

“I have been waiting to start playing real bluegrass with people for quite a while, and now I can.”

“One of the best experiences in or out of music I have ever had!”

“I had a great time, learned a lot, met great people.. The best week of my whole year!”

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