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FRETS AND REFRAINS: STUDENT COMMENTS
Deeply moving experience. - Bruce H Young

7/19/2012 (updated 8/12/2012)

Richard Thompson - RT

Frets & Refrains:
Richard Thompson's Acoustic Guitar & Songwriting Camp


Gene Keller: A stellar week attending Frets and Refrains!!!

Robert Kissane: Just loved the experience. Richard's morning lectures, Martin's explanation of tunings, Sloan's infectious joy, Teddy's take on songwriting, Bobby's tech expertise, Simon's sonic world, Nancy's organizing skills, the Zach and Jack attack, and the setting were all unforgettable. Thanks so much!

Bruce H Young: Deeply moving experience to be a participating member of the community of Frets & Refrains' artists/musicians. Thank you to all who created the recent camp's extensive offerings including the chance to witness mastery, improve technique, and make new friends. Look forward to sharing pics and videos with you when I return home in August.

It sounds presumptuous, but an apt title of the music camp could be "Music and Being". That's how I experienced the awe of it.

Robert Hetrick: Too many highlights….but (loved) the overall atmosphere of joy and the lack of pretension.

Dennis Lombardi: Frets & Refrains exceeded my expectations! I expected to interact on some level with the artists and their families. I never counted on them being so personable and accessable."

Arty Hill: Great fun, great folks, well organized- Full Moon Resort has really nice staff too!

Jay Zasa: Thanks for doing this camp. I really appreciate how seriously you guys took making it useful and not just a hang-out -with - a rockstar - thing. Legitimately a great educational experience. Nice job!

HIGHLIGHTS FOR ME WERE…

…how talented the participants were. I learned as much from my fellow campers as from the intstrucors.

William Keats: Writing a song and actually singing it in front of someone.

Pete Dunlap: Martin Simpson's classes were, to use his phrase, "massively" packed with information. I enjoyed the relaxed but disciplined approach he took. I also loved Richard's morning classes.

Gene Keller: All the campers and instructors were very friendly and fun to interact with. Loved the scenic environment.

Geoff Pullen: ....was sitting with Martin Simpson playing on the porch.

Chris Maddox: Besides meeting some great people and players, having instruction from some of the best guitarists in the world was one highlight. Another was watching and listening to Marin Simpson performing for a group of 7 people on the lawn. What a guy!

Carmel Lowry: Martin and Sloan's classes and of course spending time with Richard every morning and seeing people "blossom" from songwriting to performing for the first time.

Jo Dexter: Because Im not a guitarist, I was looking mostly for a good environment to write songs and to develop my confidence and give me new ideas for my concertina playing. All these expectations were met!

W Schanck: It was an eye opener regarding alternate tunings and alternating bass/thumb . Excellent classes by Happy Traum- the way he breaks it down to digestible chunks.

Doug Feinstein: Besides everything, performing my rewrite of RT's Time To Ring Some Changes at Open Mic with Jack and Zak doing harmonies.

Steve Hall: Meeting and playing with the other musicians and making new friends. A highlight was all the fabulous teachers.

Martin Foxwell: Awesome caliber of musicianship among attendees.

Jim Otterson: All the classes were great. The level of playing was amazing. I came for a quick kick in the ass - mission accomplished!

WOULD YOU RECOMMEND FRETS AND REFRAINS TO YOUR FRIENDS?

Dale Leopold: Yes, the intelligent ones!

I'd kind of like to keep this wonderful place to myself, but yes of course I would recommend Frets and Refrains to my friends!


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FRETS AND REFRAINS MUSIC CAMP
July 16-20, 2012

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