Spring 2024 Teachers/Class Descriptions!

These are the morning classes, the ones you sign up for in advance, averaging 10-12 students per class (more for classes with two teachers). Class sizes are limited, and some fill up the first day we open for registration, so sign up early! You take this core class each morning (afternoon elective classes are drop-in style and don’t require sign-ups). Click on a class, and you will see the full description, along with instructor bios and websites.

CLASS LEVELS:

Level 1 is “advanced beginner”; you should know the basics of how to play your instrument and keep it in tune, and play a few songs or tunes, probably not up to tempo yet.

Level 2 is “intermediate”; you can do all the above, have some experience playing with others, you’re comfortable with your instrument, and can play some songs up to tempo.

Level 3 is “upper intermediate/advanced”: you are a confident musician and comfortable jamming and playing in groups, but still there is always more to learn.

Please Read the Recommended prerequisites. How long you’ve been playing does not determine which class you should be in; it’s what you can do and what you know, as specified in the prerequisites for each class, that matters. That said, a positive attitude towards learning in a group setting is the most important prerequisite for having a great time at camp. Almost all of our classes are for intermediate level and beyond.

Level 1 players! (advanced beginners)  Check out the group classes! You’ll still get some instrument-specific instruction, and you’ll also learn a ton by playing with others (playing with others is what it’s all about!).

Feel free to call for more information (707-579-1429). The director can help you choose a class, and we will allow for some adjustments the first day of camp.

Those who feel they’ve “outgrown” camp classes can be considered as teaching assistants (see the FAQs page for more info).          

Krishna Feeny

A class for our youngest campers: Music & More (M&Ms!)

This class, designed specifically for young campers, provides a rich, varied, and age-appropriate experience with plenty of hands-on music making. At Walker Creek we believe the best way to learn music is to get inspired, make connections, and become engaged through fun activities that teach...
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A Group Class, Bluegrass Jamming, levels 1/2

We'll focus on "jamming skills", tips and etiquette to help you gain confidence in leading songs, contributing positively to the jam as a rhythm and/or lead player, improving the overall quality of the music, and most importantly - having fun!
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A Group Class, Old Time String Band, levels 1/2

A Group Class: Old Time String Band (banjo, fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bass, singers welcome also!) - Jimmy Triplett, with Rebecca Stout - This class is for advanced beginners (and above!) who want to experience the joy of playing with other musicians while exploring the creation of a cohesive and exciting...
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Banjo, Bluegrass, levels 2/3

In this workshop we will divide our time between the two most important aspects of playing the bluegrass banjo: back-up and improvising. We will learn new right-hand techniques as well as developing our knowledge of the fretboard in order to have a better understanding of each aspect.
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Steve Baughman

Banjo, Clawhammer, levels 2/3

Clawhammer banjo is great fun as a solo instrument and also as a tool for vocal accompaniment. In this class we will do plenty of both. In addition to learning some fine instrumental tunes we will look at how to accompany ourselves as we sing. We will listen...
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Banjo, Irish Tenor, levels 2/3

Hello! I will be teaching all that I know about Irish tenor banjo. I will be going through lots of info on different picking patterns, form and ergonomics, instrument setup and gear, as well as learning tunes, variations and ornaments, helpful exercises, working with the dynamics of...
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Bass, levels 2/3

We’ll focus on the role of the bass in traditional and progressive bluegrass and old-time music, and also look into how the bass functions in related roots music styles including folk, country, blues, and swing. We’ll spend some time on technique, including how to produce...
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Dance Electives

Los Angeles based and Tennessee raised, Appalachian flatfoot dance instructor Rebecca Stout began singing, clogging and performing extensively as a child. Her instructional DVD “Ms. Becky’s Barnyard Buck Dance” is featured in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Music Museum.
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Dobro, levels 2/3

Dobro Come and join the fastest growing group of acoustic musicians...dobro players! Our instrument is one of the most expressive instruments in bluegrass/acoustic music.
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Fiddle, Irish, levels 2/3

Through the lens of both new and familiar tunes, we will explore Irish fiddle music - the various tune types, the wide world of bowings and ornamentation, an introduction to different fiddle styles, ways to explore and expand your tone as well as...
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Natalie-Padilla

Fiddle, Old-time & Bluegrass, Levels 2/3

In this class, we will focus on finding the groove and improving your rhythm on the fiddle. We’ll work with tunes in the Texas, Swing, Bluegrass, and Old Time traditions. I love sharing helpful tips and tricks, encouraging healthy and effective practice routines, and helping you get the best...
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Darryl-Poulson

Guitar, Bluegrass Flatpicking, levels 2/3

In this class we will be working on flat picking techniques for fiddle melodies, bluegrass instrumentals and breaks to vocals songs. Students often ask “What do I play for my break on a vocal tune? What scales do I use to improvise?” Let’s talk about all that stuff...
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Guitar, Bluegrass Rhythm and More, levels 2/3

How do I play the most complimentary rhythm guitar in a bluegrass band or jam setting? We’ll take a deep dive into the often-overlooked world of bluegrass rhythm guitar, including the basics of the bass-strum pattern, G-runs and other supporting bass runs, leading...
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Guitar, Irish Accompaniment, levels 2/3

This class will focus on approaches to accompaniment mostly using the unique DADGAD tuning. We’ll start with an introduction to the tuning, so no previous experience is necessary, and then we’ll explore the different rhythmic and harmonic possibilities that it affords.
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Mandolin, Bluegrass, levels 2/3

Adrian’s mandolin class will focus on building solos over bluegrass songs, with an emphasis on double stops and how to incorporate them into your playing. We'll add some usable licks to our repertoire and discuss how to structure a bluegrass break. All aspects of good mandolin playing...
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Mandolin, Irish, levels 2/3

This class is all about getting the feel, pulse and flow of Irish music into your mandolin playing. We'll focus on understanding and developing techniques for playing the many forms of Irish dance music on the mandolin - jigs, reels, slip jigs, hop jigs, polkas, slides, waltzes, etc.
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Vocals, Harmony Singing, levels 2/3

One of the magic and wonderful things about bluegrass is the way folks who've not sung and played together can start singing with each other immediately. Because there is a large commonly held repertoire, and a set of harmony stacks that are expected and also open to interpretation, two people...
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Vocals, Harmony Singing, levels 2/3

One of the magic and wonderful things about bluegrass is the way folks who've not sung and played together can start singing with each other immediately. Because there is a large commonly held repertoire, and a set of harmony stacks that are expected and also open to interpretation, two people...
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Vocals, Irish, levels 2/3

Michael Black has a broad repertoire of songs, and he will teach songs from the different Irish, Scottish, English and other traditions. The songs are varied and range from strong chorus songs, shanties, mouth music songs, humorous songs, and songs that suit particular musical settings.
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People's Music Store

Yes, we have a camp store, too!

We are a family owned business living and breathing in Sebastopol California. People's Music was established in 1973.  We carry tons of local, new & used unique instruments from all over the world, as well as accessories.  We offer repair services for all musical instruments.
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