Beginner’s Track BCN

Beginner’s Track BCN 

The Beginner’s Track is designed for students who have little or no experience on their instrument or who feel they need to re-acquaint themselves with the basics.  It offers a comfortable, relaxed, fun atmosphere where new players can find their footing and build a good foundation for advancing on the instrument.  The Beginner’s Tracks have been a big success throughout the history of the camps, and we are happy to be able to continue them.

Beginner’s Track instruction helps students progress quickly from having minimal skills to learning solid, basic, banjo techniques and playing simple tunes.  No experience is required.  There are two tracks, one for Old Time and one for Bluegrass.  Both tracks are designed to accommodate two levels, Novice and Beginner.  Each Track is coordinated by an experienced instructor and has its own classes and jams.  It offers a full range of instruction, with hands-on classes that allow for one-on-one coaching.  The Beginner’s Track emphasizes learning to play with others, and the guided evening jams are an essential part of developing that skill.

Bob Altschuler, a long-time BCN veteran, coordinates this year’s Bluegrass Beginner’s Track.  The Old Time Beginner’s Track is coordinated this year for the first time by Tim Rowell, a familiar face at camp and an excellent, experienced teacher.

Beginner’s Track students meet for two class periods on Friday afternoon, two on Saturday morning and one on Sunday morning.  Other beginner-level classes are offered throughout each day.  Students who start with the Beginner’s Track are encouraged to attend all the sessions, but may attend any other classes they desire.

Students are strongly encouraged to bring a recording device to class; instructors usually present enough material for several months of post-camp study and practice.