Adult-friendly music camps?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Persona87, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. Persona87


    Dec 4, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    I'm a 27 year old bass player who has been playing for a few years now, but I like to think that I'm pretty advanced for how long I've been playing. Not to say that I'm a fantastic player, just that I soak up information quickly. I'd really like to experience an opportunity to spend a week or three with other musicians and just soaking in the playing and learning opportunities.

    I've looked at the Aebersold and Wooten camps, and both seem to be really cool in their own way. I wanted to know if there were any other camps like this out there that you have attended, what you discussed or learned, and if you'd recommend it to others. Even if you haven't been, any information is welcome!

    EDIT: I should add that I'm also learning to play upright, so it doesn't have to be BG exclusive.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2014
  2. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    I don't know if Jack Casady means anything to you, but this would be my first choice. It's on my bucket list,
    actually. Even if you don't know most of these people involved, you would be surrounded by players with an immense depth of musical knowledge; you'd pick up things just by osmosis...
    hdracer and old spice like this.
  3. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
    I don't know if this is the type of music camp you are looking for; but, there is a series of Rock & Roll Fantasy Camps.

    P.S. I heard the Fur Peach Ranch is cool.
  4. Persona87


    Dec 4, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    I'll check both of those out. I'm more of a jazz and funk guy than a rock guy, but still worth looking at thos . Thanks! Any more?
  5. ArtechnikA

    ArtechnikA I endorsed a check once...

    Feb 24, 2013
    check out the Gerald Veasley Bass Boot Camp in Philadelphia in March.
    an intensive 2.5-day weekend event with lots of great teachers.
    I went in 2014 and will be attending again in 2015.
    Other than the tapping and slapping sessions (which were not in the core tracks - they were extras for those interested) I didn't see anything that was BG-exclusive. It was all focused on the role of bass (any bass...) in music.

    This is Philadelphia - there is no lack of jazz and funk talent here! For sure you'll have an opportunity to talk to Gerald who I found to be quite approachable and very generous with his time.
  6. Richland123


    Apr 17, 2009
  7. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Camp MMW -- if they do it again. After doing it five years in a row (each in the month of August), they cancelled last year's, but gave every indication that they plan to resurrect it. Here's a link with some info:

    I attended two of those years and it was an amazing experience both times. I don't know how much they plan to change in the future, but I can tell you more about the previous years if you're interested.
  8. 48thStreetCustom


    Nov 30, 2005
    My friend wen to Vic's camp twice and loved it. Not only did he learn a lot, he said he came away feeling like part of the bass player community.
  9. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Something that makes Camp MMW different from many of the others is that it isn't bass-specific. There are a few instrument-specific workshops, so you get plenty of opportunity to learn some bass-specific concepts and tricks from Chris Wood, but the camp is designed for and attended by players of all instruments. As a whole, it is much more about making music than about playing instruments, so it's an entirely different kind of experience than a bass-specific workshop or camp.
  10. Gaolee

    Gaolee Official leathers tester and crash dummy, out here on the Washington Coast has a variety of different programs. They are geared to all ages, and some people make it a habit of taking their yearly vacation by attending one of the week long sessions. They have week long camps focused on blues and jazz. They may have others. Our son attended those as a jazz player when he was a kid, and he ended up playing with people who were anywhere from 20 to 60. It was a great experience for him, and the older (old?) people in his groups really got a kick out of him, too. The location is spectacular. It's held on the grounds of a navy base that was originally intended to protect the Puget Sound from British invaders, then presumably Japanese invaders. After the Second World War, it was pretty clear that ships sailing through the Strait of Juan de Fuca wasn't a problem that needed to be addressed, so the grounds became a beautiful state park.
  11. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Another plug for Victor Wooten's music camps. Amazing experience, musically and in general.
  12. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Also, while it may be a little too folk/country/roots/Americana for you, this is going on in my hometown, started
    by one of the original organizers of SXSW. It's a series of workshops, lessons, talks, and performances(plus a lot of networking)....