Ukestrations

Instructors: Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart
Instrument: Ukulele

We are rather renowned for our ukestrations of contemporary songs. The very essence of an ukestra is inclusion, so the parts cater for a wide range of abilities and aim to increase skills for all levels. We have some fun riffs and licks that make group-uke-performed songs sound so much more. But our real aim is to leave you with new skills, techniques and knowledge, and a new sound that you and your audiences will enjoy for their diversity and musical skill. These skills are taught using a swathe of contemporary songs including those by Lorde, Gotye, Sia, Tom Petty, Paul Kelly, Burt Bacharach, The Madden Brothers, the Beatles, Ben Lee, U2, Jimmy Eat World, and more

Singing the Strings (all levels)

Instructors: Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart
Instrument: Ukulele

Let your ukulele help you find vocal harmonies. This workshop is all about singing with the ukulele. Jane has been leading choirs for over 20 years and enjoys helping you find your voice. You will learn how to unleash your voice, or get better at finding your harmonies, or even go down the dark road of vocal improvisation depending on your level. All levels of singers are welcome! Pre-requisites – shower singing, car karaoke or sheer determination and enthusiasm.

The Building Blocks of Improvisation –
A pentatonic love-in with My Girl and The Sunshine of Your Love

Instructors: Mark Jackson and Jane Jelbart
Instrument: Ukulele

This is home base for Ukulele Improvisation. We learn two great songs, and along the way we learn the major and minor pentatonics. Pre-requisites – know the names of your strings and about a dozen chords.

Beginner Mandolin

Instructor: Lex Baas
Instrument: Mandolin

This class will take a joyous hands-on approach to making music for beginning mandolin players. No prior experience is necessary!  We’ll learn how to tune the mandolin, learn basic chord shapes so we can explore rhythms and we’ll learn some fiddle tunes to explore the fingerboard and make music together.

Mandolin Solo and Back-up

Instructor: Lex Baas
Instrument: Mandolin

This class is for those with a basic understanding of chords and some fiddle tunes in your repertoire. We’ll look at effective mandolin back up for singers and the different roles of the mandolin in a band setting. We’ll also begin to explore solo and improvisation based on some useful patterns on the mandolin.

Intro to Percussion (Beg)

Instructor: Marvin Walker.
Instrument: Percussion instruments

This class will cover and hopefully de-mystify basic rhythm theory involving subdivision of 4/4, 3/4, 6/8 time signatures with hands on playing of various drums and hand percussion. Included is a terminology component designed to help you play and communicate various popular rhythms, half-time and cut-time, and straight vs. swing time-feels. And what the heck ARE Mozichuks And Hummalakas? You will get hands-on opportunity to play a good assortment of hand drums and percussion instruments and you are encouraged to bring whatever personal gear you choose.

Percussion Technique (Beg)

Instructor: Marvin Walker
Instrument: Percussion instruments

This is an extension of the morning “Intro” class and will focus more on specific percussion technique and playing patterns including the “dumbao” rhythm on conga drum, “go to” patterns for various hand-held percussion “toys” and “pizza box 101!” The boxes will be supplied and a couple pair of brushes but you are encouraged to please bring a pair to take full advantage.*
* borrow? Or purchase for under $20 at most music stores

Slippin’ and a Slidin’ In Open D – Intro to Blues Slide Guitar

Level: Intermediate Guitarist, Slide Beginners
Instructor: Judy Brown
Instrument: Guitar

Starting with the basics: tuning the guitar in open D, how to hold the slide, left and right hand string dampening techniques, and sliding up/down. Discover your personal vibrato style while learning standard blues songs such as Key to The Highway and Ramblin’ on My Mind. Participants should bring their own slide, an electronic tuner and a guitar ideally strung with medium gauge strings or heavier.

Slippin’ and a Slidin In Open G – Intro to Blues Slide Guitar

Level: Intermediate Guitarist, Slide Beginners
Instructor: Judy Brown
Instrument: Guitar

Starting with the basics: tuning the guitar in open G, how to hold the slide, left and right hand string dampening techniques, and sliding up/down. Discover your personal vibrato style while learning standard blues songs such as I Just Can’t Be Satisfied and Walkin’ Blues. Participants should bring their own slide, an electronic tuner and a guitar ideally strung with medium gauge strings or heavier.

I Change When I Wanna Change – Intro to Blues Rhythm Guitar

Level: Beginner to Intermediate Guitarist – Beginner Blues Players
Instructor: Judy Brown
Instrument: Guitar

Working in standard tuning you’ll learn about the common blues forms (8, 12 and 16 bar blues), different feels such as the shuffle, 6/8 slow blues and straight time, muted right hand picking technique, turnarounds, endings and one chord grooves.  We’ll work on songs such as Big Boss Man, Cat Fish Blues and Bring It On Home.

The Rhythm Hand

Instructor: Gary Nielsen
Instrument: Guitar

In this course you will play rhythms that you feel, not ones that you think. No complicated down-up-down patterns to memorize . . . just a steady, constant strum with naturally inspired variations that fit the song you’re playing. You’ll learn how to spice up boring rhythms with easy-to-use techniques that will enhance your songs. You’ll use a pick for this Saturday session.

On Sunday we’ll look at the legendary boom-chicka style of strumming. It’s a bass-strum pattern with an alternating bass very popular in bluegrass and folk music but also applicable in other genres. Good with either a pick or the fingers.

Come try your hand . . . your Rhythm Hand.

Swing Guitar

Instructor: Gary Nielsen
Instrument: Guitar

Imagine the chords you know as a box of 16 crayons . . . only so many colours to choose from. By learning some basic swing chord shapes you can increase your choices to the 32 crayon box and add some really cool sounds and colour to your songs. These are 3 or 4 note closed chord shapes . . . all movable and no bar chords!

On Saturday we’ll concentrate on song examples from the Great American Songbook . . . the Old Standards. Sunday we’ll learn songs from the Western Swing repertoire . . . none other than Bob Wills. The same chord shapes and rhythms will be used in both classes.

Beyond The Basics Guitar

Instructor: Jenny Lester
Instrument: Guitar

Do you know how to play G C D A E & F chords and would like to works on runs, walk ups, fills? We will explore scales, finger patterns, improvisation, finding melodies and learning about chord creation.  In class we will practice counting measures and exploring different rhythms for right hand techniques.  We will learn one intermediate, popular picking tune and alternate chord progressions for it.

Three-Part Harmony Singing

Instructor: Jenny Lester
Instrument: Voice

Bluegrass harmony is a language and process that enables three singers to create a full, lush, three-part sound. This workshop will give you solid fundamental tools for understanding and crafting your parts. Join in to sing, hear and feel resonance and theory come together in harmony. Everyone welcome, no experience necessary.

Singing for the Joy of It

Instructor: Natasha Sayer
Instrument: Voice

Would anyone like to have some fun with vocals? It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner singer or experienced, this class is all about honoring and celebrating our own unique voices! The class will include a vocal warm up, basic harmony/blending instruction, some fun improv exercises and a sing-a-long.

Vocal Ensemble

Instructor: Natasha Sayer
Instrument: Voice

Perhaps you’re heard it said that your voice is your first instrument. In this class you will get to use your voice in a variety of ways: solo (optional), duo, small group and then whole group! We will do some vocal warm ups including interval training, followed by a blending exercise, small group work (experimenting with unison singing and possible harmonies), and then work on arranging a song that features everyone and their vocal strengths!

Sound Check (All levels)

Instructor: Marvin Walker
Instrument: Any, and vocals

Using the local Royal Canadian Legion stage, participants will get an opportunity to play through a PA system. While this will be a great opportunity for those who have never “plugged in” before, this class will also be of interest to those who have previous experience, and want to learn more about microphone technique, use of stage monitors, or communicating effectively with other musicians and the sound crew. Marvin will share tips learned through years of experience on stage. Though amplifiers are usually forbidden at RAM Camp, this class in the one place where we’ll make an exception. It is hoped this class may also serve as your introduction to performing at weekly jam sessions and the monthly coffee house at the Rossland Legion.