Are you tired of playing bluegrass music by yourself and ready to start playing and singing with others? Are you frustrated trying to learn your instrument in isolation, wishing you could study with professional instructors and jam with other players at your own level? Have you ever dreamed of playing with a band under the lights of the MBOTMA Main Stage?
Then you should sign up for the 2021 MBOTMA Bluegrass Instructional Camp (aka “Jam Camp”) that we are teaching at El Rancho Manana in Richmond, MN August 3-5th! !
This three day instructional camp is open to anyone at least 12 years old that plays fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin or bass and has some experience playing a few basic chords and/or playing simple melodies on their instrument.
The camp will feature group classes as well as smaller break-out sessions that will cover instruments (group lessons on fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin and bass) and seminars on lead and harmony singing, music theory, song arrangement, jam etiquette, and more. Students will be grouped into small ensembles that will learn songs together and the camp will close out with all the bands performing recitals on the Main Stage on Thursday evening!
So if you’re ready to take your playing to the next level, meet new jamming friends and have a musical experience that you will never forget— sign up today:
It’s that time of year again, when we get to mentor the talented kids at MBOTMA’s Grass Seeds Academy!
Grass Seeds is a weekend-long bluegrass jam camp that takes place during the annual MBOTMA Winter Bluegrass Weekend, March 1-3 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, MN.
This is a workshop for young musicians ages 8-18 who play Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Fiddle/Violin/Viola or Mandolin and are interested in learning to play bluegrass with others in a fun and relaxed setting!
The kids will learn the ins and outs of playing bluegrass music in a group, with sessions covering their individual instruments, lead and harmony vocal singing, arranging songs and even performing in a group around a microphone.
The weekend culminates with a main-stage performance by all of the student bands and we guarantee you will be blown away with how far these kids come in just a few short days!
No bluegrass experience is required to join Grass Seeds, just an instrument and a willingness to learn!
This year The High 48s will be joined by fiddle instructor Jillian Rae and mandolinist/multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Chris Silver, who will be leading Grass Seeds 2 (GS2), a contemporary bluegrass group for advanced students.
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For years, The High 48s have been teaching Grass Seeds Academy, our annual bluegrass jam camp for kids, at the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association’s winter festival in March.
It’s been incredibly gratifying to work with the next generation of bluegrass pickers and singers. And they never stop amazing us! Some Grass Seeds alums have gone on to become professional musicians themselves, forming bands, gracing the stage of A Prairie Home Companion and recording songs that have made it to the bluegrass charts.
And Clint Birtzer, our new guitarist and singer? Wait for it…he’s a Grass Seeds alum, too!
So we’ve been working with the bluegrass association to expand Grass Seeds beyond a once-a-year event. This year, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be teaching a one-day mini Grass Seeds at MBOTMA’s fall festival on October 27, from 9:30am to 5pm in Plymouth, MN.
If you’re new to Grass Seeds, here’s the drill. During the jam camp, the kids form bands and we work with them as their teachers/producers/bluegrass lifecoaches to put together a short set they’ll perform — with the High 48s or on their own — on the festival’s main stage.
We offer instruction on fiddle/violin/viola, guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass and vocals.
For more info or to register, visit Grass Seeds online here. And of course if you have any questions, you can reach us using the contact form on the 48s’ website.