Beyond Trad Classes
Beyond Trad has multiple class formats, we offer instrument specific Home Room, large ensembles such as Folk Harmonic Orchestra and Camp Choir, as well as mini workshops on various topics.
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Camp Vocal Warm-up and Sing! w/ Jennifer Scott and Karla Mundy
Rise, shine, stretch and sing! Start every morning off right with breath work, effective vocal warm-ups and some joyous singing all together! We will learn a few songs with the entire camp - a relaxed, inclusive and fun way to make music with the whole group!
Camp Choir - Karla Mundy
Come and experience the joy of singing together in a large, a cappella, foot stompin' ensemble! No singing experience necessary. All are welcome in our 'Beyond Trad' choir - this will be an energizing session after lunch! Move, groove, sing and connect in harmony!
FolkHarmonic Orchestra - Ali Romanow
This group will meet every day in the large ensemble block, it is open to all ages, instruments and levels. We'll set up a groove and add easy parts, taught by ear and layered, to make epic sounds out of simple pieces. Over the week we will be collaborating with the Camp Choir to create a piece that will include everyone at camp.
Master Class is our term for 'homeroom' or the most indepth class of the day. They are various levels as indicated in their descriptions, or an all levels course if there is only one class for that instrument. You do not need to be advanced to attend. These classes meet each day for 75 minutes, and we ask that you pre-register for your preferred class. If you arrive at camp and feel that your class is not a good fit, we will be happy to help you find the right one.
For musicians ages 6-12 who have at least one year of playing experience on their instruments. This mini-folk orchestra & band lab will get the future's bright stars collaborating and playing together. There will be an emphasis on group skills, developing individual techniques, and communication. Fiddle, accordion, guitar, ukulele, banjo & mandolin all welcome. (if your child plays something other than the listed instruments please email us at email@example.com to confirm)
Fiddle - Level 1 (Beginner)- Jennie Bice
This class will cover a broad mix of fiddle styles from all over the world. We'll learn some fun new tunes, and also try out different ways to accompany old favorites to make them our own! We'll have a look at rhythms for many kinds of tunes (jigs, reels, waltzes, strathspeys) and turn your fiddle into a bodhran! Add in some adventurous arrangements, bowing experiments and chording 101, and you've got a recipe for great musical exploration!
* Students should have at least a year on their instrument, know the basics on how to hold and play etc and are able to play and learn simple fiddle tunes by ear.
Fiddle - Level 2 (Intermediate)- Cam Neufeld
To begin, we will learn to instantaneously sound like your favourite fiddle player ( hint ; a mirror may be involved) As you accept, love, and improve your sound on the fiddle, learning becomes faster and fun! We’ll play fiddle tunes from every province and territory (almost) in Canada, and the traditions they came from ( Irish , Scottish , American, Ukrainian etc) looking at ways to play second fiddle, create variations and improvise on a fiddle tune . At the same time, exploring creative ways to enhance the 4 basic tenants ( dimensions if you will) of playing music; Tone, Timing, Tuning, and Tempo.
Fiddle - Level 3 (Advanced) - Beyond Tunes w Miriam Sonstenes
In this workshop we will focus on the skills needed to make fiddle tunes sound great, whether in a jam or in performance. I'm talking bow control, timing, musical expression, intonation, articulation, dynamics, the stuff that grabs a listener's ears and helps you tell a story through your playing. We'll explore a couple of tunes where all these elements can be applied. We'll also spend time on using these skills in ensemble playing. Now that you sound great on your own what's the best way to blend, support others, and know how to accurately use your skills in different situations?
Guitar - Level 1 (Beginner)- Intro. to Rhythm Guitar w Amanda Blied
Come get your groove on with an introduction to the basic elements of rhythm guitar. In this class we'll look at guitar basics and examine the techniques of tasteful accompaniment, whether accompanying a singer or instrumentalist. We’ll consider the role of the rhythm guitar in an ensemble and things to consider when accompanying singers and instrumentalists. Bring pics and a capo (and recording device, if you wish)
Guitar - Level 2 (Intermediate) - Chris Herbst
This class will cover a variety of musical concepts and repertoire. Students can expect to learn a new tune or two each day while at the same time learning theory, technique and musical vocabulary endemic to a particular style. We will cover modes of the major scale, chord construction, major and minor pentatonics, blue notes, hot licks and much more while immediately applying the information to songs in the rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, folk and country varieties.
Guitar - Level 3 (Advanced) - Jack Ray
This workshop will focus on improvising on the guitar and how to apply it by playing Blues, Trad, Swing, Jazz and Bossa Nova music. We will cover comping, interpreting melodies, and improvising. We will learn a handful of standards that demonstrate a common form: Blues, Rhythm changes, Minor, Bossa, Modal. The emphasis will be on playing rather than theory.
Mandolin - Variety is the spice of life. Beginner/Intermediate - Bob Romanow
Over the week we will cover everything you need to get you playing to the next level. We will Introduce or perhaps for some review; pick technique, chords, rhythm, double stops, expanding jam repertoire, and cover off some basic session etiquette. Tunes will be selected to get you up and running in a variety of traditions, fiddle standards (old time, French Canadian, New England, Irish), bluegrass, Puerto Rican, Latin American perhaps a Brazilian Choro, French Mussette or a standard swing tune. As the week progresses where we decide to go will be a process of the class make up and interest of the group.
Ukulele Master Class: All Levels - Tim Tweedale
Grab your uke and dig into some fun, hearty, multi-part-y uke playing! This uke orchestra-style class is designed to suit all levels with more challenging parts going to the more experienced players, while the more “challenged” get off a bit easier. Singing? Yes! We’ll be doing that too.
Vocal Master Class (limited to ten singers) - Jennifer Scott
at this time Jennifer's class is full, if you select this option when registering you will be added to a wait list and automatically enrolled in World Roots Harmony singing or instrumental class of your choice.
Each day we will do some group exercises to take us to the next level, vocally.
Working with individual singers' repertoire (plus a few songs I will bring in) we will work on each singer's technical and performance needs. A great session to hone your skills as a singer, performer and creative force! Singers should be prepared with at least two songs they could sing in class. Piano accompaniment provided, if desired. Self-accompanists and songwriters are welcome.
World Roots Harmony Singing - Karla Mundy
Exploring different harmony vocal traditions from around the world, we will dig into the rhythm, tone, technique and feeling of these diverse styles. Drawing from the rich worlds of Gospel, Appalachian, South African and Eastern European singing, we will learn 2,3 or 4 part harmonies, embody the music and have lots of fun! We will learn the music mostly by ear -no music reading experience necessary.
After much confusion during the sign up for private lessons last year, we will be switching things up and holding a lottery for the private lesson spots. If you would like to put your name in the draw for a complimentary 30 minute private lesson with one of our instructors please let us know on your registration form.
Ensemble Skills Electives
Ensemble Skills Electives are drop in classes offered throughout the week. A schedule will be provided in your orientation package when you arrive at camp.
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The Legacy of Django Reinhardt - Cam Neufeld & Bob Romanow
Back by popular demand, Bob Romanow and Cam Neufeld will explore together with you the music of one of the greatest guitar players who ever lived, Django Reinhardt. His style of music , known as gypsy jazz or hot club music is played all over the world. In this workshop we examine his extensive repertoire and ways that Django and the jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli approached this music. Open to all instruments, this music ranges from the beautifully simple to the harmonically complex. Come explore the music that continues to inspire countless musicians from across the globe.
Backup playing for ukulele - Tim Tweedale
if you’ve ever wanted to play together with a friend but don’t want to be doing exactly the same thing they are, welcome to the quandary of the backup player! In this class we’ll explore some different chord shapes, partial chords, different styles of picking and strumming as well as a few licks and riffs that will serve to augment and enhance whatever piece you’re playing.
The Classic Stack: 3-part Harmony Singing - with Ali Romanow and Amanda Blied:
All levels welcome! In this workshop we will learn a couple classic songs in 3-part harmony. Through the process, you’ll gain some theoretical tools to help you find harmony parts on your own as well as tips for singing with others.
Intro to Fiddle Chopping - Quin Etheridge-Pedden
In this workshop we will learn the basics of the chop and using fiddle as a back-up instrument instead of lead. The chop is something we use to mimic percussion sound, and if we add chords to that we have the backups to your basic band. We will learn the basics of the chop, which include, bow hold, contact on strings, and a few double stops. Like any skill the chop can be used in many different ways and to many different tunes, it's all up to you. All you need for this class is your fiddle, bow, and lots of rosin!
Performance panic: how to relax and enjoy your stage time - Jennifer Scott
Here we examine the "brass tacks" of performance. Counting in, communicating time and groove with your band mates, asking for what you need musically and giving that same thing to your fellow musicians - this is something we all can become really good at. Using a couple of simple tunes, we will try out our new skills with "on the spot" training!
Blues!! For Fiddle - Jennie Bice
This workshop will explore blues chord progressions, history of blues violin, and put together an original wailin' blues tune that'll give you the ingredients you need to jam out in your future blues journeys. We'll take a look at the concept of the 1,4,5 as it applies to 12-bar blues and try out some improv for solos.
Bluegrass Jam - Chris Herbst
Bluegrass is a style of music that involves lot's interplay rhythmically and melodically between the instruments. Songs are often simple enough to be played by beginners yet even the most advanced musicians tend to find this music very challenging.
Students will learn a variety of skills to make them better and more comfortable at jamming including:
How to communicate basic information about the song so other people can jam, how to play solid back up, how to find the melody on your instrument, how to play breaks, intros and endings. This class is great for the three chord strummer or the advanced fiddler looking to practice soloing. All instruments welcome! Let's Pick!
Arranging 101 (all instruments) - Miriam Sonstenes
In this workshop we will take a tune or song and arrange it from start to finish, creating an engaging performance-ready musical journey for the performer and listener. Live performance vs. recording? Concert setting vs. background music? We'll discuss various arrangement ideas for some of these scenarios. From intro's and outro's to breaks and breakdowns, we'll bring our piece to life using just the right amount of predictability and surprise, to draw your audience in and create an enjoyable musical experience.
How to Play Banjo in a New Orleans or Traditional Jazz band - Jack Ray
(open to banjo, banjo uke & other interested parties)
Ever wanted to play banjo in a New Orleans, Dixieland or Trad Band? This workshop will examine fundamental basic strokes, chords, variations of the four-to-the floor/chunk style comping, street beats, stop-time choruses and Johnny St. Cyr style bass line accompaniment. These tools will give you the basis to play with any trad band around the world.
Finding Chords and Melodies - Patrick Metzger
Every wonder how chords and melody fit together? Want to jump in on tunes you’re never heard before? This class looks at how chords are constructed and how we can learn to hear melodies inside the harmony.
Duet Singing - Karla Mundy
we will learn one or two two part songs as a full group and then give people a chance to try them out in smaller groups - maybe even try a duet! We will talk about non-verbal communication and things to work on to create strong duet singing.
Mini workshops are drop in classes offered throughout the week. A schedule will be provided in your orientation package when you arrive at camp.
MORE MINI WORKSHOPS TO COME!
We'll be posting more as we receive the write ups from our instructors.
Tunes from the Roma (gypsy) Trail - Cam Neufeld
The Romani people who traveled from India to Europe in the 10th century and on to the rest of the world have captured the imagination of everyone who admires free spirits. In particular, the music they carried with them combined ancient traditions while infusing local melodies with fresh energy. In this workshop we will look at some of the songs from one of the worlds most vibrant musical cultures. From the Roma national anthem to the wild melodies of Taraf de Hadduiks, one can not help but be inspired by the passion and deep musicality that is found here.
Practicing for Success - Miriam Sonstenes
Last year's practicing workshop was a wonderful sharing of methods, ideas, and even some brain science, so this is round two of delving into the world of the practicing. If you've ever struggled with your practice routine, or just feel like you're not making progress, you'll learn some new tips and tricks for getting the most out of your practice time. Bring your instrument, we'll try out a few things hands on!
The Microphone Workshop - Jennifer Scott
Let's get to know the microphone! This is where we learn the right mic technique, plus some nifty tips no one else might tell you about...Demystify the world of sound enhancement in this fun, safe environment. I'll bring a few different microphones for us to try.
New Orleans Swing jam - Chris Herbst
New Orleans is one of the most diverse musical melting pots in the world. From gospel to marches to blues, jazz, rock n'roll and funk, music continues to thrive in the big easy like nowhere else I've been in my travels.
In this class we will jam on a few simple New Orleans classics. We'll discuss how to make both your rhythm and lead playing swing. We'll play a few different rhythmic patterns to each song, get opportunities to solo and learn to interact more effectively with our fellow musicians. Fun for all instruments!
The circle of 5ths - Tim Tweedale
What’s the deal with this mysterious circle? Is it like a secret organization? Why are musicians always talking about it? In one hour Tim Tweedale will demystify this little bit of musical business for you, and show you why it’s so important – even for folkies! Now YOU TOO will be part of the inner circle.
Dude, that thing has crazy high action - Patrick Metzger
Are you curious about the strange and mystical aura that shrouds, envelops and engulfs the Steel Guitar? Patrick, Chris and Tim join forces to dive into the history, musical styles, construction, turnings and playing techniques for Dobro, National Tricone, Weisenborn, Pedal Steel, and Lap Steel. They’ll be lot’s of time for discussion and the chance to try the instruments.
Happy Endings - Jack Ray
The song is cooking and it’s going great, everyone in the band and the audience is having a blast then all of sudden the wheels come off and the whole performance is soured by a bad ending. Learn an array of ‘classic’ endings that clearly and confidently end a tune and never be left feeling lost at the end again. Learn how to use different turnarounds, licks and tags to end any song effectively. All instruments welcome as both the harmony/chords and melodies for these endings will be covered.
Introduction to Flatpicking - Amanda Blied
Learn the melody and chords to a simple flatpicking tune. We’ll look at some basic concepts for flatpicking and learn a tune the traditional way: slowly, by ear.
Introduction to Maqam 2.0 - Cam Neufeld
If you have ever wondered how to produce the exotic sounds of the Middle East, as I did a number of years ago , understanding the tonal system known as Maqam or (Makam in Turkey) is the place to start. There is a vast area of the world that uses this system and its close relatives, Dashgah in Persia, Maghum in Azerbaijan , and Shuiti in India . In this workshop we start with the basic theory and through learning a few melodies , you will experience first hand the beauty of this music .
Fiddle Tunes for Circle Dancing - Jennie Bice
Circle Dance, or Chain Dance, is a style of dance done in a circle or semicircle to musical accompaniment, and is one of the oldest known dance formations. To have a great circle dance, you need some great music, and in this workshop we'll learn a circle dance tune and then teach our dance to the rest of camp with our circle dance orchestra in the centre of it all!
The Blues - Tim Tweedale
Are you crying into a beer right now? Okay, you’re going to want the country workshop. But if you’ve lost your shoes, your baby, or your broom needs a-dusting, you’re going to want to attend the Blues workshop. You’ll learn a couple of go-to licks, a song or two, and a turn-around. A great class to attend if you’ve ever felt sad.
Gospel Roots - Karla Mundy
a one off class exploring some easy to learn Gospel songs in harmony by ear. We will work on tone, style, rhythm and technique.
Write Your Own Fiddle Tune - Miriam Sonstenes
Writing your own tune is one of the most challenging and thrilling experiences. If you've never written a tune, or you've written many but want to delve deeper, this hour will be spent going through the process of writing a tune. We'll discuss different methods and different ways to get inspired to write. We'll also address some of the particular challenges faced by writing fiddle tunes. Our aim is to have a completed tune at the end of the class!
Chord melody - Chris Herbst
This class will cover a variety of three and four note voicings using them to simultaneously play melody and harmony. I will provide tab and demonstrations of a few of my arrangements of classic swing tunes. I will attempt to explain the concepts of chord inversions all up and down the neck for any chord as well as explain chord extensions and passing chords. If you're looking to sound like the final chorus of a Wes Montgomery solo, beef up your swing lead and rhythm or just learn a ton of new chord shapes you will benefit from this class.
*Special Master Class: (Limited to 8 performers) - Jennifer Scott
Here you will perform a song of your choosing (self-accompanied or I can play for you on piano) and then you will get some custom-fit constructive advice on how to improve the performance experience, your vocal or instrumental techniques and stage craft abilities, finding some key insights to your personal expression, musically. I've seen performers take it to the next level in this workshop and I can't wait to do do this for the first time at Beyond Trad!
Electric Violin - Jennie Bice
A workshop on the fun you can have with an electric violin! We'll cover various effects and how they respond to bow technique, examples of multi effects units, looping and a review of pickup and pre-amp systems that are well suited for both acoustic and electric fiddles.
Folk Rhythm Throw Down - Patrick Metzger
This workshop explores strategies to increase our rhythmic awareness and consistency to better understand the rhythmic element of ensemble playing. By breaking down the rhythmic structure of a bluegrass band, drum-kit, and Cuban band, we’ll stomp, clap and sing our way to rhythmic excellence.
Mandolin Double Stops - Bob Romanow A workshop on the amazing versatility of Doubles stops. Whether to spice up a solo , back up a vocalist, add drive to the rhythm section or comp a swing tune. We will explore how playing a pair of notes can add a new depth to your mandolin playing.
Try on Swing! - Amanda Blied
Intrigued by swing but intimidated by those fancy chords? Come find out what all the hubbub is about with this intro workshop. We'll learn a simple swing song in the Western Swing style to get a taste of this fun genre.