I thought I would let you know about an interesting keyboard harmonica adventure I have coming up.
At the end of September, I am going to a three-day blues camp on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, USA.
According to the announcement, “The weekend will be filled with intensive instruction, jamming, workshops, concerts, a student concert, musical collaboration, and opportunities to learn directly from instructors attuned to the needs of each student. Plus, it’ll be beautiful leaf-peeping season at the foot of New Hampshire’s White Mountains!”
The blues camp is being held at a conference center right on the shore of the lake (Lake Winnipesaukee), which for those of you that don’t know, is a large and spectacular lake here in New England.
Some of the blues instructors include Annie Raines (harmonica) and Toni Lynn Washington (voice) among many others.
Yup, I am going to show up with my keyboard harmonicas and tube amp and see what happens.
Here is an update from the WUMB three-day Blues Camp in New Hampshire, USA.
There were about 45 participants, mostly from the Greater Boston area and mostly playing acoustic guitar and harmonica. There was a flute player, an acoustic bass player, and a couple of electric bass players. Many classes were offered over the three-day camp by a number of talented performers—Kerry Powers, Tony Lynn Washington, and Annie Raines to name a few. Good camaraderie. We had jams every night and lots of other jam time, formal and informal.
I brought my melodica and got mixed reactions that ranged from great interest, to curiosity, to a sense I was invading the status quo.
I did not really walk away with any active contacts, as I live too far from Boston to develop a musical relationship with anyone. Nearly everyone was from greater Boston. I did exchange numbers with a recording studio owner and player, and that could possibly lead to some musical interaction in the future.
I am still evaluating the value proposition. Many of the participants attended similar music camps sponsored by WUMB, so they knew what to expect. I think if I attended another blues camp, I would now know now how to put more into it and be able to get more out of it. At the same time, it was an experience I will carry around with me for many years.