Tentative Camp Schedule

Monday

Monday, July 10th

3-4PM: Camper check-in
4:15-5:30PM: Meet the staff! Introductions, descriptions of classes, recommendations, advice, camp essentials, plus Q&A and Group Photo in the Barn
5:30-6:30PM: Welcoming Social on the Front Lawn
6:30-8:00PM: Gourmet dinner in the Tent Pavilion followed by welcome performance in the Tent with Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, Jill Sobule, Happy Traum, Martin Simpson, Henry Kaiser, Sloan Wainwright, Bobby Eichorn, Jack Thompson, and Zak Hobbs
9PM onwards: Song Circles!

Tuesday

Tuesday, July 11th

8-8:45AM: Yoga for Musicians
7:30-9:30AM: Buffet Breakfast
9:30-10:45AM: Richard Thompson “Acoustic Guitar”
11:00-12:15PM: Morning Class Options:
– Shawn Colvin “Songwriting”
– Jill Sobule “Songwriting”
– Martin Simpson “Acoustic Guitar”
– Sloan Wainwright “Singing with Heart, Body & Soul”
– Henry Kaiser “Being Yourself”
12:30-1:30PM: Buffet lunch
12:45PM: Sign up for Open Mic Night
1:30-2:30PM: Swim / R&R / Lunchtime options
– Henry Kaiser “Discovering New Creative Interests” (1:15-2:15PM)
– Zak Hobbs Guitar Circle (1:15-2:15PM)
2:30-3:45PM: Afternoon Class Options:
– Shawn Colvin “Songwriting”
– Jill Sobule “Songwriting”
– Martin Simpson “Acoustic Guitar”
– Happy Traum “Intermediate Level: Fingerstyle Blues of Brownie McGhee”
– Sloan Wainwright “Singing with Heart, Body & Soul”
4-5PM: Late Afternoon Options:
– Richard Thompson Songwriting Master Class
– Sloan Wainwright “Performance Class – Joy On Stage”
– Happy Traum “Basics of Fingerpicking”
– Bobby Eichorn “Beginning Guitar/Songwriting”
5:15-6:15PM: Bobby Eichorn “Frets & Remains – Guitar Clinic 101”
6:30-8PM: Gourmet dinner in the Tent Pavillion
8:30PM: Handpicked guitar and music films in the Barn
8PM ’til late: Open Mic hosted by Jack Thompson and Zak Hobbs with Bobby Eichorn and Simon Tassano… as well as Campfire Jam sessions under the stars!

Wednesday

Wednesday, July 12th

8-8:45AM: Yoga for Musicians
7:30-9:30AM: Buffet Breakfast
9:30-10:45AM: Richard Thompson “Acoustic Guitar”
11:00-12:15PM: Morning Class Options:
– Shawn Colvin “Songwriting”
– Jill Sobule “Songwriting”
– Martin Simpson “Acoustic Guitar”
– Sloan Wainwright “Singing with Heart, Body & Soul”
– Henry Kaiser “Being Yourself”
12:30-1:30PM: Buffet lunch
12:45PM: Sign up for Open Mic Night
1:15-2:30PM: Swim / R&R / Lunchtime options
– Happy Traum “Coming of Age in Greenwich Village”
– Henry Kaiser “Discovering New Creative Interests” (1:15-2:15PM)
– Zak Hobbs Guitar Circle (1:15-2:15PM)
2:30-3:45PM: Afternoon Class Options:
– Shawn Colvin “Songwriting”
– Jill Sobule “Songwriting”
– Martin Simpson “Acoustic Guitar”
– Happy Traum “Intermediate Level: Fingerstyle Blues of Brownie McGhee”
– Sloan Wainwright “Singing with Heart, Body & Soul”
4-5PM: Late Afternoon Options:
– Richard Thompson Songwriting Master Class
– Happy Traum “Basics of Fingerpicking”
– Bobby Eichorn “Beginning Guitar/Songwriting”
– Sloan Wainwright “Performance Class – Joy On Stage”
5:15-6:15PM: Simon Tassano “Live Sound”
6:30-8PM: Gourmet dinner in the Tent Pavillion
8:30PM: Handpicked guitar and music films in the Barn
8PM ’til late: Open Mic hosted by Jack Thompson and Zak Hobbs with Bobby Eichorn and Simon Tassano
Campfire Jam sessions under the stars!

Thursday

Thursday, July 13th

8-8:45AM: Yoga for Musicians
7:30-9:30AM: Buffet Breakfast
9:30-10:45AM: Richard Thompson “Acoustic Guitar”
11:00-12:15PM: Morning Class Options:
– Shawn Colvin “Songwriting”
– Jill Sobule “Songwriting”
– Martin Simpson “Acoustic Guitar”
– Sloan Wainwright “Singing with Heart, Body & Soul”
12:30-1:30PM: Buffet lunch
1:15-2:30PM: Swim / R&R / Lunchtime options
– Henry Kaiser “Discovering New Creative Interests” (1:15-2:15PM)
– Zak Hobbs Guitar Circle (1:15-2:15PM)
2:30-3:45PM: Afternoon Class Options:
– Shawn Colvin “Songwriting”
– Jill Sobule “Songwriting”
– Martin Simpson “Acoustic Guitar”
– Happy Traum “Intermediate Level: Fingerstyle Blues of Brownie McGhee”
– Sloan Wainwright “Singing with Heart, Body & Soul”
4-5PM: Late Afternoon Options:
– Richard Thompson Songwriting Master Class
– Happy Traum “Basics of Fingerpicking”
– Bobby Eichorn “Beginning Guitar/Songwriting”
6:30-8PM: Awards dinner in the Tent Pavilion followed by Concert with Richard Thompson & the Frets & Refrains staff.
8PM ’til late: Open Mic hosted by Jack Thompson and Zak Hobbs with Bobby Eichorn and Simon Tassano as well as Campfire Jam sessions under the stars!
10PM ’til late: Dance Party! Hosted by Jack Thompson

Friday

Friday, July 14th

8-10AM: Farewell Breakfast in the Tent Pavillion
11AM: Check Out

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RICHARD THOMPSON’S CLASSES

Acoustic Guitar Morning Master Class with Richard Thompson

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9:30-10:45AM  

This Master Class is run as a Morning “Seminar” Series and is open to All Levels and All Campers! Richard will cover a wide range of topics in 3 separate classes. It is not a prerequisite to have attended a previous Frets and Refrains camp.

Afternoon Songwriting Seminars with Richard Thompson

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4 – 5PM

SHAWN COLVIN’S CLASSES

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Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  11AM-12:15 and 2:30-3:45

The class will utilize techniques to get a song started, assignments for work, and time to play and discuss what each student has worked on. All levels welcome!

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“Songwriting” with Jill Sobule

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday  11AM-12:15 and 2:30-3:45

Whenever I try to write a song, I can’t. I fear the blank page – – – what do I write about? Where do I begin? Have I written it before? Will it suck? So, I have to trick myself. We will do a combination of stream of consciousness writing, games, assignments and collaborations. We will have fun and…write!

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“Acoustic Guitar” with Martin Simpson

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11AM-12:15 and 2:30-3:45

I teach an overview of traditionally based open tunings, giving people a system to relate those tunings to standard and vice versa. I also spend time looking at right hand techniques including fingerstyle and Carter Family picking, percussive banjo based and slapping accompaniment styles and more. Arranging traditional songs and tunes, vocal accompaniment, slide guitar…a broad spectrum of ideas. At the basis of it all, is the idea of internalizing the instrument so you can play it in your head, visualizing the fretboard.

SLOAN WAINWRIGHT’S CLASSES

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Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

11:00AM-12:15PM and 2:30-3:45PM

If you are a guitar player and/or songwriter, and feel that singing is the weaker part of your performance, this is the class for you! If you are a non-singer and would like to be, look no further. If you are a proficient singer, learn tips and exercises to extend you vocal stamina and range.

Singing is fun! And everyone can do it! With an emphasis on vocal health and self care, we will use a combination of vocal warm-ups and work-outs, to help relax and strengthen the voice – making it more flexible and reliable. Individual attention and support is offered to each person in class as well as the group as a whole.

Bring yourselves, a song, a recording device if you like and wear comfy clothes!

Sloan will also be available for one-on-one classes.

Performance Class:  “Find Joy On-Stage”

Tuesday, Wednesday 4pm – 5pm

How to find your calm and peaceful center in the eye of the storm….in the eye of the energy of expression. How to claim space on stage and be in the beautiful and exciting moment of performing. Exploring the world of “owning it”!
Experience being your authentic self and in the flow with an audience. Releasing your inner strengths to savor the moment so you can perhaps remember your performance instead of the memory being erased by nervousness.
Sloan will provide a safe and supportive atmosphere all around performance. Song selection, intros, elements of taking care of yourself on and off stage, tools for preparing, practicing, facing and engaging happily with the audience. We’re gonna talk a little and check in with an audience. We’re gonna talk a little and check in with what you need. We’re gonna get everyone up on stage. We’re gonna have fun.

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Both of Happy’s guitar series classes are very hands-on and students will be expected to play along with him (unlike RT’s courses, which are seminar  format, and Martin Simpson’s classes that are mostly Q&A). You will learn specific songs and techniques and will go home with some new things to practice!

The Fingerstyle Blues of Brownie McGhee

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 2:30-3:45PM

Brownie McGhee’s rhythmic fingerpicking style, rich accompaniments, intricate lead playing and wide-ranging repertoire influenced generations of guitarists around the world. Happy Traum learned to play directly from this master bluesman and he knows how to make Brownie’s songs and techniques accessible to all aspiring acoustic blues players.

Happy starts with the basics so that even novice blues players will be able to get off to a solid start. Concentrating on the keys of E and A, his detailed lesson covers all the musical components that made Brownie’s playing distinctive. Happy provides numerous playing tips and advice along with first-hand insights into Brownie’s life and music.

You’ll learn to play classic songs from Brownie’s repertoire, such as I’m Gonna Tell God How You Treat Me, Move to Kansas City, Betty and Dupree, Me and My Dog, Sporting Life, Living with the Blues, Key to the Highway, Blood Red River, Careless Love and Pawnshop Blues.

“Intermediate Level: The Basics of Fingerstyle Song Accompaniment” with Happy Traum

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 4-5PM

This class could be called “making the best of what you’ve got.” Happy shows intermediate players how even the simplest song can be arranged in a way that makes it interesting and compelling for the listener. You’ll learn some traditional ballads as well as contemporary songs (including one or two by Bob Dylan) incorporating bass lines, chord substitutions, double-stop harmonies, dropped D and other musical devices.

“Coming of Age in the Greenwich Village Folk Revival & Woodstock Scene (1954-1971)”

Close Encounters with Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Brownie McGhee and The Great Washington Square Folk Singers Riot

Wednesday 1:30-2:15

With colorful anecdotes, incisive memories,  aided by  vintage photos and music clips, Happy relates some of his adventures as an active member of the New York folk revival; his arrest for civil disobedience;  participation in what became known as the “Great Folk Singer’s Riot” in Washington Square; and his friendships with some of the leading folk artists of the day. Happy was a regular in the Washington Square Park jam sessions, studied blues guitar with Brownie McGhee, and met, among many others, a young Bob Dylan. His group, the New World Singers, were the first to perform and record “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “Don’t Think Twice,” and Dylan wrote the liner notes for their Atlantic Records album. Happy recounts his later friendship with Bob and the Dylan family in Woodstock, as well as his association with Allen Ginsberg, George Harrison, Pete Seeger, Dave Van Ronk and many other notables on the scene.

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HENRY KAISER’S CLASSES

Being Yourself

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11AM-12:15PM

All of our greatest musical heroes sound uniquely like themselves; most can be instantly recognized by hearing one note of their playing.

We will explore how anyone can begin to quickly learn to develop their own personal sound on guitar or any instrument. There are many aspects to this path,
education, gear, technique, influences, attitude, imagination, etc. This equally applies to sounding like yourself as a songwriter, composer, or improvisor. This class is about practical, unusual, and easy strategies to find your own personal voice.  For all instruments and skill levels.

Discovering New Creative Influences

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:15-2:15PM

The greatest musicians and artists usually have a very wide and surprising range of of creative influences standing behind their creative expressions. Richard Thompson is a great case in point. We will begin with looking at some of the surprisingly eclectic sources of his inspirations. In the next session we will grill young Jack Thompson about how he found his personal creative inspirations. Finally on day three, we will consider the even more wildly eclectic inspirations of Henry Kaiser. All along the way the purpose will be to elucidate how to discover new creative influences that might fit each student’s personal tastes. Class will include having a fun time listening to recordings and viewing videos of some rare and mysterious musical greats.   For all instruments and skill levels.

Zach_TableZAK HOBBS’ CLASS

Zak’s Guitar Circle

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1:15-2:15PM

As a follow-up to Richard Thompson’s guitar classes, Zak Hobbs will host an informal circle to break down the songs taught at Richard’s classes – techniques, interpretations, and more general questions. As well as all things RT, Zak will focus on hybrid picking for all levels and cater to the group’s ability. Zak will also be available for one on one tutorials throughout the day for all things discussed, or to teach you that one RT song you’ve been working on…

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“Frets & Remains – Guitar Clinic 101″ with Bobby Eichorn

Tuesday 5:15-6:15PM

Bobby will discuss and demonstrate basic upkeep and maintenance of the guitar including Neck Adjustment, Fingerboard Treatments, Fret Polishing and General Setup tips as well as answer any questions you may have regarding your instrument.This extremely useful class is open to All musicians/all levels!

“Beginning Guitar/Songwriting” with Bobby Eichorn

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 4-5PM

True beginners know very little about the instrument. Others might know a few chords but not sure what to do with them. If this describes you… then this class is for you! Bobby can help with your first steps on the guitar – beginning with left and right hand techniques. Perhaps even learn to write your first song! Learn how to deconstruct elements of an existing song to help create your own song! This will be a small, hands-on class so bring your instrument.

SIMON TASSANO’S CLASS
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“What’s That Sound?” with Simon Tassano

Wednesday 5:20-6:20PM

A Q & A workshop designed primarily with the gigging, acoustic musician in mind, but open to anyone who would appreciate some insight into the realm of live audio and recording. A sheet for your questions will be available at the merchandise table in the dining tent OR email your questions in advance directly to Simon at : fandraudioquestions@gmail.com

unknown“Yoga for Musicians” with Selena Reynolds

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 8-8:45AM

Why do Yoga when all I want to do is play music?
Let’s say you’re right handed. So you’re playing your instrument with the right hand, on the right side of the body. Here’s the thing…the body is cross wired. So the right body stimulates left brain. Left brain is good, don’t get me wrong. We all need to pay the bills, think things through, and employ logic. But this is a camp to help you MASTER MUSIC. Right Brain! What Yoga will do is balance out the brain activity so that you can move with greater comprehension through the process. You cannot think your way through a creative process. At a certain point you must stop doing the homework (scales, warm ups, whatever else you do) and OPEN and FREE your channel. You can craft a good song. But great songs are channeled. Great musicians are not thinking, they are opening. Yoga changes the brainwaves, kind of smoothes them out, relaxes the nervous system and will allow you to achieve more with LESS WORK.

We have scheduled our 45 minute yoga classes at 8AM to allow you time before or after class to have breakfast and prepare for the day! All levels welcome! Just wear comfortable clothes. MATS are provided.

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