Mississippi Delta Blues Harmonica Jam Camp in Clarksdale, Mississippi and Ventura, California
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Feb 6-10, 2018 (Ventura) Sign up for the February Camp
April 24 to 28, 2018 (Clarksdale) Sign up for the April Camp
Sept. 25 to 29, 2018 (Clarkdale) Sign Up for the September Camp
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
Rj Mischo, of Arkansas blues harmonica
TJ Klay of Nashville, Tennessee, guitar and harmonica
Plus Jam Camp's all pro Rhythm Section for our daily jamming education, and 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.
Mississippi 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 and 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! IMPORTANT: the Shack's website will show all rooms are booked. They are booked to Jam Camp and there will be a room available for you if you sign up for Jam Camp.
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 SKYPE 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 with GREAT drummer, bass and guitar. (Hash, Ralph and Lee)
5.Great student and teacher/room ratio--6 teachers for 20 to 30 campers.
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 five 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 SKYPE session when you sign up. E-Mail me at Gindick48@gmail.com to 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 50 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 (and at The Pierpont at our Ventura Camp) 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 physical 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.
About Our Camp in Ventura, California
Ventura is a fascinating oceanside town about an 90 minutes north of the LAX, (the Los Angeles Airport.) Although you should bring a coat, the weather is almost always warm and sunny with miles of beaches, and a old pier just a short walk away. (We need rain in California, so please don't be sad if we get some!)
Now in its fifth year, we hold our camp at a wonderful resort called the Pierpont Inn. The Pierpont was built in 1912, and now owned by Wyndam Gardens, is truly a unique lodging experience with its gorgeous grounds, and ocean view rooms at incredible prices. The archetecture of this vintage resort allows us great facilities for holding the camp, with separate rooms for separate small groups. We also interact with the town, working with Hi Hat Entertainment of Ventura to create a Thursday Camper and Coach Night in one of the towns many blues venues. It's a gas!
Ventura has an old downtown, beautiful beaches with a pier, and also a harbor, an old California Mission, and amazing views of the Channel Islands, Anacapa and Santa Cruz.
Usually about 150 a night, for Jam Campers standard rooms are discounted to $104 a night if you reserve within 30 days of when camp starts. http://www.pierpontinn.com/ Please avoid waiting until the 30 day deadline to reserve. The Shack Up is very flexible, but the Pierpont is a corporate entity and has rules, even for us harp players!
You should know that The Pierpont is on a cliff above the 101 Freeway. It is not a problem because you mostly hear and feel the buffeting sound of ocean and the crash of the surf. The hotel is updated and I have stayed there many times. The rooms were quiet and I don't hesitate to recomend it. However, you don't have to stay at the Pierpont to attend the camp. Please don't try to sign up on online. Instead, call the hotel at the number below.
Wyndham Garden Ventura Pierpont Inn
550 Sanjon Road
Ventura, CA 93001
For General Information and Reservations:
Call us at (805) 643-0245 -- do this at least 30 days before the camp starts.
E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
CALL JON AT 310-579-7114 for more information.
Refund Policy: 100% credit at any other camp.