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John Campbell Folk School: Flatpicking Melodies

Submitted by brokepick (see all reviews from this person) on 9/7/2009

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Description from catalog:
Learn to play melody lines like Maybelle Carter, add back-up licks in the style of Doc Watson, flatpick fiddle tunes like Norman Blake, and more. It's all within your reach if you're already comfortable with chord changes in a few keys like C and G and are ready to expand your technique with patient, experienced teachers. Tablature will be provided. (Level 3)

If you've not heard of the John Campbell Folk School, look it up. It's a great place to take a week-long class in one of dozens of subjects from blacksmithing to gardening. Music is a staple here, from dulcimer to banjo.

If you've not heard of Steve Kilby, look him up. Listen to some of his stuff. He is a really great flatpicker. He's also an excellent teacher with a great sense of humor. He provides tablature for the music, and goes through it at a very slow comfortable pace, about a measure or two at a time. There's usually some beginners, and some accomplished players in the class, and they all come away having learned something. You'll come away from the class with some new tunes to work on, some new friends, and some great memories. I've not been to any other camps or workshops, so I can't compare this to anything else, but I enjoyed it, and I felt I got my money's worth.

Overall Rating: 7

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