Among them were Gilbert Nelson and his wife Leigh, professional musicians and good teachers who operate these jam camps all over the East under a program developed by Pete Wernick. The plan isn't to produce professional musicians, but to help dedicated pickers get better at it, learn how to improve their playing skills, absorb the rules of jamming etiquette, expand their repertoire of songs, understand better how to harmonize with other pickers, and become more familiar with stage management, microphone setup and use, and even such things as how and when to make runs up and down the bass. In other words, not reinventing the wheel, but making sure pickers come away with more knowledge and better skills, and having fun.
|Leigh Nelson, left, and Gilbert Nelson at Jam Camp|
|The Misfits, on stage|
|Sawing away at a Stanley 26" crosscut saw|