Sure, it’s possible to learn how to play fiddle on your own, but where’s the fun in that? When you join fiddle camps, you have the chance of learning from the pros and your peers. You also enjoy a sense of camaraderie with individuals who you can be sure appreciate bluegrass music as much as you do.
How to Choose the Right Fiddle Camp
Here are a number of factors to consider when you’re ready to join other future bluegrass legends as they learn the art of playing the fiddle.
Cost – Besides the actual joining fee, you should also consider the amount of pocket money you’ll need for food and boarding (if it’s not included in the joining fee) and other miscellaneous expenses. Consider as well if you’ll need to purchase a new fiddle and other tools for its maintenance.
Student Level or Age – Some fiddle camps are especially designed to teach students within a certain age range. There are also camps that only teach lessons for beginners, intermediate fiddlers, or advanced fiddlers. It’s usually up to you to determine which level you belong to.
Itinerary or Curriculum – The best fiddle camps are those that offer a comprehensive range of lessons from professional fiddlers. There should also be a culminating event that showcases the students’ talents, such as a recital or concert. If they’re given the chance to perform side by side the pros then so much the better!
There are also fiddle camps that specialize in a particular sub-genre of bluegrass, which may be suitable for your needs if you want to master a particular niche. There are camps, for instance, that focus on teaching bluegrass gospel while others focus on progressive bluegrass.
Once you’ve chosen which fiddle camp you’d like to join, be sure to fill up and submit all forms and other requirements as soon as possible. Slots are usually limited so they’re often offered on a first-come, first-served basis.