Day Three of NashCamp

Day three of the NashCamp Fall Banjo Retreat is the last day, so Sunday had a bit of a different feeling to it – like we must do whatever we planned to do today or wait until next year. Getting a photo with someone, asking whatever questions we’ve been collecting over time, making future arrangements.

The weather had cleared out by late Saturday, so the grounds were just about dry again, with cool temps that were a bit advanced for mid-October. A nice day for traveling back home.

But first, there was unfinished business; After the usual excellent breakfast we had more classes (boy, I do miss eating bacon and sausage, but it contains nitrates). Ned Luberecki on playing single string style, Bill Evans on practice strategies for adults. I especially liked Bill’s class, where each student explained what his or her main problems were in practicing. These ranged from not enough time to mental roadblocks to both memorizing and improvising to having too much information from which to pick you strategy. Bill gave some excellent pointers, which I can incorporate into my own lessons for students.

After lunch and one more class was the final faculty concert. It was great getting to watch all of them play ‘Groundspeed’, plus several other bluegrass standards. They closed out with a nodto Sonny Osborne by playing ‘Rocky Top’. Time for goodbyes, packing up and everyone was on the road again. Yes, it was sad to see NashCamp come to a close, but there’s always next year to look forward to!

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About Phill Gibson

I'm from Huntsville, Alabama where I work as a Systems Engineer and part-time banjo and mandolin instructor. I've been playing various instruments since my teen years. I started mandolin at about age 17 and banjo at 20. I love just about all kinds of music. In terms of banjo styles, I play Scruggs and melodic and am working on becoming more advanced with single string. I'm also working on 4-finger banjo, which is way off the beaten path. I would like to see more jazz techniques integrated into bluegrass situations; counterpoint, especially. So long-term, that's what I'm doing. I'm also very keen on astronomy, ATM (amateur telescope making), birding, christian homeschooling, martial arts, organic gardening and about 30 other distracting hobbies to a (mercifully) lesser extent.
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