I just returned from the 2014 Blue Ridge Old Time week at Mars Hill. It was another fabulous learning experience. Five days of intense sessions with Adam Hurt – he spent all 5 days teaching us concepts rather than tunes so we can go off and apply this stuff to our own tunes and in our own way. Lots of tune arrangement techniques so you can mold a tune to fit your playing. I also took two mini classes in the afternoon with Pete Peterson (Charlie Poole finger-style banjo) and Kellie Allen (Beginning Bass). I hope to work on both of these in the coming months.
I also provided sound for all of the faculty concerts a dance and the Friday night Student showcase. It is so great working with 12 or 15 of your old-time heros to put on a concert each evening. Many thanks to all of the players for working with me and my partner Art Bryan to produce good sound quality in a lecture hall!! (not easy but we get better at it each year). Art and I participated in the student showcase as you can see in the video. 15 Seconds of Fame I hope to post the entire video once I get the transfer of the file from good friend Ron Fuerst.
The photo is a picture of my P-12 large diaphragm mic from Peluso – on of several high-end mics that we use in the studio from John Peluso’s workshop in Floyd, VA.