In a previous post, I introduced Charlie Hall's Colorado Roots Music Camp. Charlie is a highly accomplished player of multiple instruments as well as an instructor. After hearing and watching all of the other incredible instructors at the camp, I must say that if I woke up tomorrow and could play like any of them, I would choose Charlie. His playing is so crisp and clean and virtually flawless; he masters multiple styles instruments; and his singing is excellent.
Each of the camp instructors are virtuosos, winners of Grammys, competitions such as Winfield, and well-known amongst bluegrass and roots music players. And, Charlie invites musicians who are excellent teachers as well as accomplished musicians, and each teaches classes from beginners to experts. Each night the instructors give a concert, with the final evening being a student concert in conjunction with their instructors - all in all, quite amazing. Since I enjoy guitar finger-picking, I was particularly impressed by Doug Smith. What I had learned as Cotton-picking is Travis-picking, and can be played either "inside" or "outside." Doug has several Youtube videos, and although I am not a fan of Stars and Stripes Forever, his rendition is over the top!!! This is more to my liking:
The playing of Kailin Yong is difficult to describe - visit his website and watch him on Youtube.
One of the most moving pieces of the week was a Doug Smith/Kailin Yong duet of a blended piece - Ave Marie + I Can't Help Falling In Love With You. Incredible. Hopefully they will record this or get it on the web sometime.
Be sure to check out the websites and videos of the other camp instructors. I especially enjoyed Tim May, Penny Nichols, Gerald Jones [the man is a hoot!], Dave Firestine [also a hilarious fellow] and Matt Flinner.