Summer Day Camps
3 Day Camp
Explore the world of Bass at this unique and exclusive Bass Boot Camp. This Camp will plug you into the joy of bass playing with a variety of techniques, styles, bass theory and of course those funky bass lines.
The program is the ultimate experience for bass players looking to grow and develop a solid musicianship.
Intense hands-on workshops and mind-expanding Master Classes taught by highly trained professionals in the field.
This is an unique opportunity to have lots of fun playing music, sharing with your bass peers and learn to play the music you always wanted to.
We offer 1 on 1 lessons in strings, piano and voice. This is the best way to focus on a specific topic and completely tailor your learning. Please fill out the placement form for us to suggest the best teacher for you. Once we connect you with an instructor, you can set up the scheduling and get started.
Eva Toncheva obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance jointly from the University of Lethbridge and the University of British Columbia in 2018. She joined the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2017 and 2018, touring the country coast to coast, as well as overseas in Germany and Scotland.
Anastasiia studied violin and piano at the College of Music, received a master’s degree from The Conservatory. As a classical musician, Anastasiia has successfully worked in many professional orchestras, in particular as a concertmaster and was a soloist of the Kharkiv Philharmonic, actively performed modern classical music, competitions, festivals and more. Flamenco, Irish dance music, Ukrainian folk music also had their own special place in her repertoire.
10 Week Session
How many strings does this thing have? You will learn this and so much more in this class.
This class is for the adult complete beginner who has never picked up the guitar or only knows a few chords and is having trouble making it sound like something anyone but your mother can love. We will learn:
- Holding the guitar
- Your first 10 chords
- Time signatures and how to keep time
- Bass Lines
10 Week Session
Students enrolled in Campfire Bootcamp 101 will be given the opportunity to play and sing fun, varied songs with other people and will be given instruction for various ways to approach accompaniment. The songs will be kept simple to afford greater, relaxed expression and more material. Towards the end of the course, the students will lead the class with a song of their own choosing. This is an adult course age 16+.
The techniques explored will include:
- open position chords
- barre chords
- upper triads
- basic lead technique
- percussive accompaniment
Although this class is guitar based, all acoustic instruments are welcome. No experience is necessary for guitarists, however basic guitar technique will be helpful. For other instruments, reading standard notation and basic technique is required.
Enrollees will be required to have their own instrument and a capo (for guitarists).
10 Week Session
The Campfire Guitar for Youth Class for 9-15 year olds is a spinoff of the popular Campfire Bootcamp 101 for adults. Whether just beginning or experienced, students are given the opportunity to play and sing fun, varied songs appropriate to their age group. The songs are written out in an easy to understand format with basic instruction on how to approach accompaniment and soloing. Variations are included on how to expand those techniques to ensure all students reach their potential. Class size is kept small so students receive personalized instruction and the setlist is chosen primarily by the students.
Topics explored include:
- Open Position Chords
- Bass Lines
- Singing while Playing
- Simple Melodies
- Basic Lead Technique
- Percussive Accompaniment
No experience is necessary, however basic guitar technique is helpful. Enrollees are required to have their own instrument and a capo.
10 Week Session
The FingerPicking Guitar Class will explore just that – FingerPicking. It is split up into 4 parts:
Intro to FingerPickin’
Break away from strumming the same pattern all the time and learn about bass lines, fingerpickin’ patterns and a tool box full of licks and tricks to make you sound like a pro! You should have a comfortable relationship with your basic chords before attempting this adventure, but you don’t need to be a pro – that’s what you learn here.
Intro to Travis Pickin’
Merl Travis didn’t invent it, but he sure rocked it enough to have his name put to it. We start with some Travis Pickin’ accompaniment patterns and move on to a playing a melody at the same time as the chords. What?!! Melody and chords at the same time, you ask? It is true.
More Accompaniment Patterns and Chord Melodies
I think you’ll need a bigger toolbox! These are the licks, tricks, rhythms and patterns that will make them name a style after you. We’ll look at Muted notes, Chuckin’, Bossa Rhythms, Melody/Strum Patterns, Chord Melodies and more…
Advanced Travis Pickin’
It gets harder than the intro class? It sure does! Check out Merle Travis (of course), Doc Watson, Richard Thompson, Mississippi John Hurt, Tommy Emanuel, Harry Sacksioni and lots more great stuff. We’ll do new songes each time, so keep comin’ back!!
10 Week Session
Students enrolled in Fretboard Harmony Guitar Class will be given training in the idiomatic way the guitar works in all genres – from classical to country. The primary goal of the course is to become familiar with the rudimentary harmonic and melodic patterns used by the musicians we love and to unlock the mystery surrounding the recurrence of these patterns on the fretboard. We begin with fundamental musicianship training and expand that to the guitar. We explore artistic ways to approach improvisation. There is consistency between the musical examples for this class and Campfire Bootcamp 101 so students have an opportunity to put the theory into practice.
Fretboard Harmony Intro to Major Keys:
- The Function of the Notes in Open Position and Pattern Major Scales
- Bass Lines
- Barre Chords and Major and Minor Triads in Major Keys
- Diatonic Chord Progressions
Fretboard Harmony Intro to Minor Keys:
- Application of the Material from ‘Major Keys – Scales and Common Chords in Minor Keys
- Open Position and Pattern Scales, Transposition, Bass Lines, Triads, Chord Progressions
- Dominant and Secondary Dominant Seventh Chords
Fretboard Harmony Improvisation:
- Pentatonic Scales
- Chords, Arpeggios and Pentatonic Scales – how they work together
- Applying All this to a Chord Progression
- Dominant Pentatonic Scales
Fretboard Harmony Chord Toolbox:
- Diatonic Sevenths (Major Sevenths, Minor Sevenths, Dominant Sevenths)
- Diminished Chords
- Suspended Chords
- Augmented Chords
- Sixth Chords
- Augmented Sixth Chords
Fretboard Harmony The Rest of the Story:
- Application of the Material to the Rest of the Church Modes – Dorian, Mixolydian, Phrygian, Lydian and Locrian
- The Rest of the Chord Extentions – 9ths, 11ths, 13ths and Variations
- Dominant Chord Substitutions
- Tonic Chord Substitutions
These classes form a curriculum that will be valuable for guitarists at an intermediate to advanced level of any playing style. Reading standard notation is not required because this class approaches the music from a harmonic perspective as it relates to the fretboard. If you are at least a grade 2 level RCM or are comfortable playing songs in the open position and have at least dabled in barre chords and have learned a handful of licks or scales shapes, you will do just fine. You should expect to put in at least 20 min/day (2 – 3 hrs/week) of practice to be successful.
8 Monthly Sessions
This isn’t a class as much as it is a great place to get together in small groups to play and share music. It will complement the Campfire Guitar Bootcamp 101 well in that there will only be 1 meeting/month and rather than learning a pile of songs and riding the wave in a big group weekly. There will only be a handful of songs, small groups and proper arrangements. Experiment with songwriting and learn the ins and outs of making arrangements.
- Verse, Chorus, Bridge, etc.
- Instrumental sections
- How to have an Effective Rehearsal
- How to Practice
This first ‘class’ will also be setting up the first set of partnerships. After that, the work is on your shoulders – get together, make arrangements, rehearse, practice and rehearse some more
The rest of the sessions will be performing, talking about the performances and working to improve them and setting up the next set of partnerships. We can talk about:
- Suggestions of Additional Parts
- Lots More …
I expect most of the participants will be acoustic guitarists, but I definitely encourage other instrumentalists and vocalists to participate and perhaps take the opportunity to branch out into another instrument which you’ve been working hard at, should the opportunity lend itself. It could be acoustic instruments, electric instruments, vocalists, anything really!! The groups will be between 2 and 4 people, so in the 8 sessions, everyone will have and opportunity to work with everyone else in the group and in a wide variety of ensembles
The sessions will be on the last Saturday of every month, September to April, but am leaving the maximum registration open so that, should there be too many participants, I’ll open up another session.