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The Official 2020 Camp Song List

Ben has narrowed the next camp song list down to these.

John Henry
Beginner Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/john-henry-basic-banjo
Intermediate Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/john-henry-intermediate-banjo
Advanced Guitar - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/john-henry-guitar (the first part isn’t that advanced. Don’t let it scare you.)
Advanced Mandolin - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/john-henry-mandolin-advanced

Cherokee Shuffle
Intermediate Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/cherokee-shuffle-intermediate-banjo-intermediate
Advanced Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/cherokee-shuffle-banjo
Intermediate Guitar - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/cherokee-shuffle-intermediate-guitar-intermediate
Advanced Guitar - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/cherokee-shuffle-guitar-advanced (Don’t miss that Justin Bieber hairdo!)
Intermediate Mandolin - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/cherokee-shuffle-mandolin

Will the Circle Be Unbroken
All levels Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/will-the-circle-be-unbroken-build-a-break-banjo-advanced
All Levels Guitar - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/will-the-circle-be-unbroken-build-a-break-guitar-advanced
All Levels Mandolin - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/will-the-circle-be-unbroken-build-a-break-mandolin-advanced

Wayfaring Stranger
All Levels Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/wayfaring-stranger-banjo
All Levels Guitar - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/wayfaring-stranger-guitar-advanced
All Levels Mandolin - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/wayfaring-stranger-build-a-break-mandolin

Red River Valley
Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/red-river-valley-build-a-break-banjo (Just the first break in C)
All Levels Guitar - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/red-river-valley-build-a-break-guitar
All Levels Mandolin - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/red-river-valley-build-a-break-mandolin

Nine Pound Hammer
Beginner Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/nine-pound-hammer-basic-banjo
Advanced Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/nine-pound-hammer-advanced-banjo
All Levels Guitar - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/nine-pound-hammer-build-a-break-guitar
All Levels Mandolin - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/nine-pound-hammer-build-a-break-mandolin

Bill Cheatham
Intermediate Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/bill-cheatham-scruggs-style-banjo
Advanced Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/bill-cheatham-melodic-banjo
Intermediate Guitar - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/bill-cheatham-melody-guitar
Advanced Guitar - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/bill-cheatham-guitar-advanced
Basic Mandolin - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/bill-cheatham-melody-mandolin-beginner
Intermediate/Advanced Mandolin - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/bill-cheatham-mandolin

Red Haired Boy
Intermediate Melodic Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/red-haired-boy-melodic-banjo (Basics Scruggs version coming soon.)
Basic and Advanced Guitar - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/red-haired-boy-guitar-advanced
Intermediate Mandolin - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/red-haired-boy

Amazing Grace
All Levels Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/amazing-grace-build-a-break-banjo
Advanced Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/amazing-grace-banjo
All Levels Guitar - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/amazing-grace-build-a-break-guitar
Finger Style Guitar - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/amazing-grace-fingerstyle-guitar-beginner
Beginner / Intermediate Mandolin - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/amazing-grace-tremolo-harmony-mandolin-beginner

Wabash Cannonball was sort of eliminated from the list because the banjo version is considered advanced, but I would encourage banjo players to at least give the first half of the lesson a try. I bet you can do it!
Advanced Banjo - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/wabash-cannonball-banjo
Intermediate Guitar - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/wabash-cannonball-crosspicking-guitar-intermediate
Intermediate Mandolin - https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/wabash-cannonball-mandolin

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OK, nice list. Let’s get to work :slight_smile:

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The links for Nine Pound Hammer and Bill Cheatham are the both for Nine Pound Hammer.

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Great looking list! I would suggest for campers to learn the banjo Wabash Cannonball, partly because I love it, and really the only thing that makes it more advanced as other lessons is the up the neck solo.

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I can’t even begin to imagine what I did to cause that, but it’s fixed now. Thanks for the heads up!

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You left the Bill Cheatham link under red haired boy and nine pound hammer under Bill C

WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?! With the process I used for posting these links, that shouldn’t have even been possible. Ugh!

Changed it. Thanks again.

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It Happens. Oooh, we should make a bumper sticker.

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I just created a basic solo lesson for Bill Cheatham on mandolin. It’s not released to the public yet but you campers can begin working on it: https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/bill-cheatham-melody-mandolin-beginner

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Thanks Mark. Time to get to work!

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Thanks! I updated the list with the link.

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T Shirt :tshirt:

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Psyched!

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So excited. Would love to jam some other tunes with all of you in the eve or in free time. Pretty sure these are standards, but don’t really know as I haven’t been to a bluegrass jam. Ones I love…Old Dangerfield, Big Sciota, Clinch Mountain, Gold Rush, BlackBerry Blossom.
Other suggestions?

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Welcome to the forum Mike! I know all those except big sciota, and would love to jam them in the free time. The ten songs listed are just to make sure everyone has some overlapping repertoire, but there’s no rule that you can’t play other tunes

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List looks great to me. The basic tunes in Bgrass are always fun to play because so much of the melody comes right out of the chords or nearby notes. Gives great opportunity to improvise a bit (and mistakes don’t show so much) even picking the chords at mid-neck or up the neck. Looking forward to a great time!!!

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Yay! The long awaited list. Now I have a perfect excuse to learn songs I want to know but have not got around to learning.
I am very excited about joining the second cabin camp and meeting all of you and of course the man. Ben himself.

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Hello Ben,
This will be my first ever instrument camp of any kind and yes I’m a little nervous. I don’t want my lack of flat-picking skills to hamper the progress of the other pickers, however, I am looking forward to meeting everyone and making new friends.

What should I expect in this camp? What does a typical day look like?

God bless,
Chuck R.

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You don’t need to worry about that at all, trust me!

I would imagine that the schedule this year will look a bit differently than last year, but here’s the schedule from last year:

Time Thursday Friday Saturday
Rhythm Focus Melody Focus Soloing Focus
Prep Gather String Selection
9:00 AM Group exercise Group exercise
Nashville Number System Nashville Number System
9:30
10:00 AM Morning Review My 5 Favorite Licks
Play 3/4 & 4/4- Use Song Teach the Licks
10:30 Melody Before Solos! Demonstrate the Licks
Determining the Key Alter the Licks
11:00 AM Reducing the Melody Down Groove!
How to Play Melody Straight vs. Swing Feel
11:30 Students Arrive Playing in the Pocket
12:00 PM Lunch/Jam Lunch/Jam Lunch/Jam
1:00 PM Orientation Band Jam/Rehearse Band Jam/Rehearse
1:30
2:00 PM Basic Technique Building Speed Ear Training Exercise
Assessment Economy of motion, picking hand Simple Melody Transposing
2:30 Rhythm Focus Economy of motion, fretting hand “Play what you hear” exercise
Talk Finger Positions, not Ornaments
3:00 PM Strum/Vamp Patterns Unlocking the Neck Improvising
Talking Positions Sing what you Play, Play what you Sing
3:30 How to Count In Find Same Notes in Various Positions Tie In Reducing Melody to Improv
Use Words/Licks/Chops Simple melodies in Various Positions
4:00 PM Changing Chords Capo Theory Plugging In Licks
Using Walks & Passing Chords Use Licks You Have Taught
4:30 Rhythm Licks Left Hand Licks Use Nine Pound Hammer
G Run in 3/4 & 4/4 Hammers/Pulls/Slides/Bends
5:00 PM Put it into Practice Time For Triplets How to Play in a Band
Break into groups Quarter vs. Eighth Triplets Listening
5:30 Band Rehearsal Demonstrate them in Rhythm/Licks Dynamics
Filling in the Holes
6:00 PM Break for Supper Break for Supper Break for Supper
6:30 Supper Supper Supper
7:00 PM
8:00 PM Night Topic: Jam Etiquette Night Topic: Working a Microphone Student Concert
9:00 PM Shut 'er Down Shut 'er Down Fire 'er Up
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So excited and nervous at the same time! Pretty sure I won’t have all of these down pat but am looking forward to meeting the rest of the group and of course Ben and his team! The countdown has begun!

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