A Limited Enrollment 5 Day Jamming and Learning Vacation
for Diatonic Harmonica Players--
with a Focus on You, the Fundamentals of Blues Harmonica
and the Joys of Jamming
At the World-Famous Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, Mississippi
(with guitar lessons, singing and songwriting!)
March 25 - 29, 2014
May 13 -17, 2014
Sept. 23-27, 2014
January 21-25, 2014 (in Ventura, California)
Jon's Core Team of Performing and Teaching Coaches:
Jon Gindick of Los Angeles, blues guitar and harmonica
Hash Brown of Dallas, blues guitar and harmonica
Cheryl Arena of Dallas, blues harmonica and vocals
Brian Purdy of Florida blues harmonica
TJ Klay of Nashville, Tennessee, guitar and harmonica
Ralph Carter of Los Angeles, guitar, bass and Rj Mischo of Fayetteville, Arkansas guitar and harmonica
Plus Jam Camp's all pro Rhythm Section for our daily jamming education with jamming at the best juke joints in Clarksdale: Ground Zero, Reds, Juke Joint Chapel in the company of about 30 fellow "Campers" from all over the world.
$995.00 for seminar only. Lodging and Food Very Cheap.
Jam Camps are held at The Shack Up Inn, 3 miles outside of Clarksdale, Mississippi. If you are flying, you will probably want to fly into Memphis, get a ride, or rent a car to drive down "The Blues Highway" (Highway 61) about an hour an a half to Clarksdale.
(We will help you find a drive-mate.)
Check Out The Shack Up Inn in Clarksdale, Mississippi. http://www.shackupinn.com
The Shack Up Inn has one and two bedroom shacks and bins. The facilities all have refrigerators and small kitchens. Home Sweet Home!
If you get a two bedroom shack, and share with another camper, you can lower your rate to about $40 a night. The single shacks and "bins" are about twice that. Still a great price.
We invite you to bring your family, your friends on this vacation. Most people find The Delta fascinating, like another country, and a welcome return to a more relaxed feeling.
We build things so people mix, so spouse feel welcome, so everyone enjoys and benefits from the camp. There are places to visit and characters to meet.
Friendships are formed. There is so much music. Sometimes you swear there's music in the wind.
About You and The Jam Camp Experience
Raw Beginners: we have a strong program for you, including a pre seminar phone or SKYPE lesson and membership in our video harp club, hours of instruction.
Advanced and Intermediates: no worries, we offer separate classes on separate levels. In addition to harping, we offer guitar lessons, bass guitar lessons, and include singing and songwriting in our curicullum.
Jam Camp has evolved towards more of an emphasis on total musicality through harp playing, songwriting and singing, with lots and lots of jamming.
By total musicality, we mean, helping our campers "swing" when they play the harp. By making them more confident, more ryhthmic, more lyrical, more adventurous, more "listening, more relaxed, more ear-trained, more in touch with the inner musician.
Ten Ways We Focus On You and Your Harping
1. Pre seminar phone consultation and Video Harp Club.
2. One to one Lessons at Camp.
3. Small jamming classes and groups for your level with guitar players and band.
4. Confidence building live jamming atmosphere.
5.Great student and teacher/room ratio.
6. Custom Beginners Program.
7. Custom Personal Advanced Program
8. Opportunities to learn from a variety of great players.
9. Immersion is the best way to learn, especially when it's fun, focused and varied.
10. Limited Enrollment lets us focus on you.
Welcome to Harmonica Jam Camp!
Your Mission with Jon and Jam Camp Team?
Identifying your next level, and helping you achieve it and beyond in four days of intense teaching, learning, practice and jamming.
Each Jam Camp is a carefully concocted brew of "Information, Inspiration and Experience" designed to get you jamming as never before.
Because of our limited enrollment with lots-of-coaches policy, you are assured individual attention. This is the camp where you're the star!
Jam Camp starts with a non-mandatory lesson/feedback phone session when you sign up. E-Mail me at email@example.com make an appointment. These session are fun. Please no cell phones as they distort your natural tone. International, we can use SKYPE.
Then comes the big day. Don't kid yourself. Everyone is nervous. Just think of it as creative elation, preparation for one of the highest musical events in your life.
Are you a raw beginner? Your phone consultations and free Video Harp Club will get you started correctly. You should feel no pressure to be any better than you are, or learn any faster than you naturally do. This camp is about you.
Have you been playing awhile, and want to play in front of others? This will happen often and naturally.
Remember, everyone is nervous. Relaxing to play better harp is a big topic for us. If you're a stage fright victim, Jam Camp is a great place to address and solve this debilitating and unnecessary problem...at your own pace.
Or, are you perhaps a very good player, a player with a band, who wants to play even better? Let's define what you are looking for and help you achieve it. You know where the holes are in your playing. We've got the experts to sniff them out and nudge you from good to great. Our world class player/coaches will challenge, stimulate, educate, and engage you.
Jam Camp brings together the best teachers in the world focusing on an inspired YOU, jamming, learning, communing with players at all levels. Leave your ego at the door and come on in.
You'll also be working in small groups with players of your level. Although class size varies- remember our ratio is about 5 campers per coach. These small support jam and drill groups are an invaluable part of Jam Camp.
Our coaches--among the world's best player/teachers-- will work with beginner, advanced and intermediate to make your harp dreams come true.
Our atmosphere is "everyone learns from everyone." We have had advanced players attend just to be part of it.
Who is Jon Gindick?
Handsome and modest bluesman harp player/ singer/guitarist musical healer (with sense of humor), and, since 1977, author of the world's best-selling harmonica instruction books cds/ videos. (Over a million sold.) Founder and main guy of Blues Harmonica Jam Camp, lucky dude who has surrounded himself and you with the best in the business and has now put on 40 Jam Camps with dozens of return campers/friends who are getting better and better.
Here are Some of the Things You and Your Coaches Will Do ...
We will explore and group-practice tone, embouchure, articulation, phrasing, hands, tongue-blocking, I-IV-V chord progressions, chugging, jamming theory, cross harp melody, cross harp riffs, third position, the harp player as singer, how to learn, how to teach, how to set up a band, amplification, and you will jam, jam, jam. Even if you are a complete beginner we'll get you wailing!
In the highest, most supportive environoment you can imagine, each of us, nerves and all, gets to jam with a really good blues band several times over the course of your camp. If you want the coach of your choice to get up on stage with you to help out, that coach will. If you want to solo til you pass out, we'll stand behind you and catch you. Everyone gets to shine.
If you are closet player, this is your time to “come out” in a supportive, structured environment. We have several rooms at the The Shack Up Inn in which we can separate and yet still be together. To assure sanity and attention, the enrollment is limited. It will be stimulating, but structured so you can hear yourself think and play. Jam Camp is about YOU, the fundamentals, and the joys of jamming, jamming, jamming.
Players of all ages are welcome. We are especially proud when women and children sign up as campers.
We love it when dedicated young people attend.
We love it when older people attend.
We love it when people with physicial disabilities attend.
And no camp is complete without the feminine persuasion.
Want to bring your family? Cool!
We ask that they understand that this week is for you, and about the harmonica!
If you are a new harmonica player, and wonder if you are good enough, the answer is yes. Our only requirement is a good attitude. If you've got that, you're in. If you are a good player, but need to add something more, Jam Camp coaches have a lot of challenges, and information up their sleeves. Our team of player coaches are among the most accomplished in the world. You cannot help but raise your own level, and get the feedback you need.
CALL JON AT 310-457-8278 for more information and TO ORDER YOUR SPACE
Refund Policy: 100% credit at any other camp.
Winter Harp Blast Jam Camp In Ventura, California Next January 21 to 25
Our Winter Harp Blast Jam Camp will be a 5 day camp at the Pierpont Resort in Ventura, California the third week of January, 2014. Ventura is a uniquely musical and historic small town on the bay with a fun little Main Street, great pier and beach, and the historic San Buenaventura Mission. It's about 50 miles north of LAX airport on Highway 101.
This vintage hotel (1912) is a short walk from the beach, with ocean views and fireplaces in many of the remodeled but outsized rooms. While it is on the freeway, the Pierpont is also RIGHT on the ocean. You do not have to stay at the Pierpont to attend the camp but these facilities at these prices will be hard to beat. Although the location is not Mississippi, this camp will feature our regular cast of characters: Jon, Cheryl, Hash, TJ, Jon, Rj Mischo, Tj Klay, Ralph Carter and Brian Purdy. We will be jamming at world famous venue Yollies Blues Club. Bring your family, bring your dog, and bring your harps!