INSTRUCTORS: Banjo Ben Clark-guitar, Katy Lou Clark-banjo, and Penny Clark Gimble-mandolin. More instructors may be added!
DATE: Thursday - Saturday, April 11-13, 2024
LOCATION:Banjo Ben's farm near Kilgore, Texas!
PRICE:$899 each, supper guest passes available for purchase!
_______________ Skill Level:
Banjo, Guitar & Mandolin - Established beginner through intermediate. You need to be able to play basic rhythm chords along with slow songs and have a desire to begin soloing/improvising. If you feel super comfortable jamming with pros, this camp may be too basic for you. If you can't play simple chords with slow songs, this camp may be too advanced for you.
Atmosphere: This camp is an intimidation-free zone! No one will be put on the spot or made to feel dumb! Mess ups are encouraged, because that means you're trying. Believe me, I mess up all the time.
Preparation:The best way to prepare is play with my PickAlong lessons found HERE! You don't have to be able to play solos, but it's good to familiarize yourself with the melody and try to learn the chord progression. There is no stress, y'all. Just do what you can to prepare, and I'll take you from there!
Here are lessons on my site that are great for preparing, but not necessary: Banjo - Banjo Boot Camp, Banjo Hand Positions, Pickin' Your Banjo Picks, How to Read Banjo Tab, Basic Major Chords, Banjo Roll Studies, & Basic Banjo Backup. Guitar - Pick & Hand Fundamentals, How to Read Guitar Tab, Common Major Chords, G Major Scale Study,Inside Cabin Camp: Intro to Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar, Waltz or 3/4 Guitar Rhythm, Essential Chord Theory, How to Build Solos Mandolin - Introduction to the Mandolin, Pick Hand Foundations, How to Read Mandolin Tab, Learning Open Mandolin Chords: G, C, & D, Minor Chords, Basic Mandolin Rhythm, Alternate Picking Exercise, Jamming in G, Jamming in A (same concept)
I keep it small. I want to actually get to know you and join you on your pickin' journey. I'll have some of the BEST instructors in the biz, who happen to be my family and best friends: Bill Evans, Katy Lou Clark, and myself (Banjo Ben) will teach.
The price is $899, which includes:
Small group sessions and personal attention!
6 excellent meals!
Over $150 in gear & accessories!
Price does not include:
Lodging, which is amply available at nearby hotels.
Breakfasts for the 3 days.
Travel to/from Kilgore
Cancellation policy:All cancellations will incur a 3.5% processing fee. There will be a $250 cancellation fee beginning on January 11; no refunds after February 9. If for some reason the event is not able to be held, refunds will be given to those who cannot reschedule.
Can I bring my family or friends? You may purchase supper guests passes. The guests will be welcome to join us for supper around 6PM and after-supper activities. They will not be able to attend the camp during the day.
Should I fly or drive? That's up to you! The closest airport to the farm is KGGG in Longview, TX, and is an American Eagle destination. We are also 2 hours east of DFW & Love Field.
What happens if it rains? I have facilities that will accommodate ;)
What will the weather be like? Might be a little chilly, but it'll be beautiful!
Can I bring more than one instrument? You can, but you'll need to commit to one instrument for the learning portion of the camp. When it comes to jamming, you can play whatever you want!
If you've got questions, shoot us a message or give us a call at 833-BANJOBEN (833-226-5623).