2012 Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us

The second annual Jim Richter “Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us”--with its special emphasis on rock and blues styles—will be Thursday July 26th through Saturday July 28th.  
Special guest instructor this year is acclaimed performer and composer for mandolin, Don Julin (http://www.donjulin.com).  I’m very excited that Don is able to join us, as his good humor, engaging teaching style, formidable musical knowledge, and incomparable technique will provide a wonderful new layer to this camp experience.
Besides rock and blues mandolin styles, this camp focuses on deconstructing the barriers that keep each of us from being the most creative and productive on our mandolins.  I do not subscribe to “beginner-intermediate-expert” labeling—especially self-labeling, as I often think it undervalues or devalues the mandolinist.  Creativity and ability are both spectrum-based, free of artificial levels and competition.
The curriculum, which is in final development, will cover:
•	Blues mandolin 
•	Rock mandolin
•	Jazz mandolin
•	Arrangement
•	Basic music theory
•	Technique
•	Practice routines
•	Electric mandolin
•	Jamming
However, like last year, the attendees will also help refine the curriculum by completing the questionnaire that is a part of the registration form.  Let us know what you’d like to learn and we’ll do our best to work it into the schedule.
New to this year will be concurrently held “special topic” classes.  For example, while Don is teaching basic music theory, Jim will accept a handful of students for blues arrangement.  Or conversely, while Jim is teaching a general class on practice routines, Don will hold a small group on jazz standards.
Twenty minutes of individual instruction is now a standard part of the camp.  Given that we’ve opened this camp to 20 attendees, we have to limit private instruction to 15 minutes.  Individual instruction will be held the mornings of 7/27 and 7/28 between 9AM and 11:30AM.
Cost:   Tuition for the workshop is $175. This covers camp instruction, printed materials, individual instruction, and the faculty concert.  It does not include dining or lodging.  

It is possible, given availability, to attend only Saturday.  If this is of interest to you, please let me know so I can put you on a waitlist.  Cost would be $90 for the day.

Housing:   For out of town folks, I encourage you to use the Grant Street Inn as it is the center of activities and is offering a great discount for our group.  Just tell them that you are booking for the Richter Mandolin Camp to ensure the $104 plus tax rate per night. 
http://www.grantstreetinn.com 812-334-2353

Lesson Plan/Special Topic signups:  Once I receive a sufficient number of registration forms back, we will finalize our curriculum.  At that time I will send each of you a schedule of classes where you can list your class preferences.  After sending this back to me, I will finalize our class rosters.
Registration:  You can email me (jim@jimrichter.com) for questions or to put a hold on a spot for you.  I will then forward registration materials to you.

The Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us is back for a second year.



  1. July 26 through 28th, 2012


  1. the Grant Street Inn Bloomington, Indiana


  1. Learning to move beyond the perpetual “beginner” tag

  2. Blues, Rock, and Jazz genres

  3. Practical Music Theory

  4. Song Arrangement

  5. and what YOU bring to the discussion


  1. 7/26:  Meet and Greet

  2. 7/27:  Private Lessons and Group Instruction

  3. 7/27:  Jamming in evening

  4. 7/28:  Private Instructions and Group Instruction

  5. 7/28:  Faculty concert with special guest Dave McCarthy

  6. 7/29:  Early morning goodbyes


  1. Tuition is $175.  It includes a private lesson, group lessons, materials, and the faculty concert.

  2. The Grant Street Inn is offering a significantly reduced rate of $104 per night for attendees. (It’s the attendee’s responsibility for housing and dining)




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