Schedule

Big Jersey Guitar Camp Class Schedule

Beginner, intermediate, and  advanced players are welcome.  Because this is primarily a jazz guitar camp, all campers should know a major 7th, dominant 9th, and minor 7th chord, as well as be able to play a few songs.  Players of all genres will benefit from the curriculum.


A repertoire of 20 standards will be provided to each camper via email prior to camp, and again in hard copies at check-in.



MONDAY:


3 to 6 p.m. - Check-in/Camper's Meet & Greet  Collect your lead sheets, goody bags, and camp documents for the week. Meet campers and staff. Frank will review the schedule.


6 to 7:30 p.m. - Dinner break


8 to 10 p.m. - Teacher Performances


TUESDAY:

 

8:30 to 9:15 a.m. – “Guitar Yoga and Fretboard Awareness” with Frank Sole

The goal of Guitar Yoga is to prepare the student for an efficient practice session using “Guitar Yoga” techniques to develop habits that lead to efficient practice sessions. 


The musical objective of the workshop is to develop a better working knowledge of the fretboard and, through a series of ear training and sing-and-play exercises, to develop basic improvisation skills.
 

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – “Morning Warm-ups/Repertoire” with Frank Vignola

Frank leads the class through warm-up exercises that could be incorporated into your daily practice routine. He also leads the group through the repertoire of 20 songs sent to all in advance of camp. Class repeats each day.


10:45 to 12 p.m. – “Rhythm 1-2-3” with Vinny Raniolo

Learn a 3-step process for developing basic accompaniment for any song.  No matter your experience level, you will be able to start playing rhythm and join the group in all repertoire for the camp.  This is a great springboard for a beginner, yet interesting for the most advanced players.  


12 to 1 p.m. - Complimentary lunch


1:15 to 2:30 p.m. 

Group A – “Arpeggio the Fretboard” with James Chirillo

Guitarists tend to think in positions and specific registers of the guitar but we need to get out of the box!  James will explore how you can take something as basic as an arpeggio and expand it to cover the entire fretboard, and how to integrate this way of thinking into your practice and performance. 

Group B – “Playing Melody and Improv Using Melody” with Frank Vignola

Frank discusses and teaches how to use the melody of a song as the basis for your improvisation.


2:45 to 4 p.m. 

Group A – “Approaching the Guitar” with Gene Bertoncini

Gene's book "Approaching the Guitar" is an iconic teaching method for the guitar. He is a masterful instructor and will teach the class how to approach the guitar fingerboard horizontally, vertically, and so much more. 

Group B – “Rhythm on 3 Strings” with Vinny Raniolo

Vinny shares with you an interesting perspective using a technique that will give you the tools to play solid rhythm guitar, apply it to songs, and then play songs in any key.  In this lesson he will guide you through a 3 note per string approach that is clear and accessible for guitarists of all levels.  


4:15 to 5 p.m. - Daily Recap/Q&A with all teachers


5:15 to 6 p.m. – “Master Class 1” with Frank Vignola 

Frank discusses practice routine and how to develop good daily practice habits.


6 to 7:30 p.m. - Dinner break


7:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Teacher Performances


 8:45 to 10:15 p.m. - Camper's Open Mic

Jam with fellow campers, instructors, or solo in this fun and relaxed open-mic. All genres welcome. Show us what you’ve got! The jam room will be accessible throughout the day for practice and play.


 

WEDNESDAY:


8:30 to 9:15 a.m. – “Guitar Yoga and Fretboard Awareness” with Frank Sole (daily)


8:30 to 9:30 a.m. - "Keeping Your Guitar in Shape Q&A" with Lou Del Rosso

 

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – “Morning Warm-ups/Repertoire” with Frank Vignola (daily)


10:45 to 12 p.m. – “Introducing Chord Melody” with Vinny Raniolo

Let’s put the melody and harmony together to develop full-sounding chordal arrangements. You’ll be applying a lot of what you already know to explore what you can do with the songs you know.  If you’re in a group where you are the only chordal instrument, developing a solo guitar arrangement. or wanting to give that extra push in a solo, this class will benefit you!  


12 to 1 p.m. - Complimentary lunch


1:15 to 2:30 p.m. 

Group A – “Playing Melody and Improv Using Melody” with Frank Vignola 

Frank discusses and teaches how to use the melody of a song as the basis for your improvisation.

Group B – “Arpeggio the Fretboard” with James Chirillo 

Guitarists tend to think in positions and specific registers of the guitar but we need to get out of the box!  James will explore how you can take something as basic as an arpeggio and expand it to cover the entire fretboard, and how to integrate this way of thinking into your practice and performance. 

 
2:45 to 4 p.m. 

Group A – “Rhythm on 3 Strings” with Vinny Raniolo

Vinny shares with you an interesting perspective using a technique that will give you the tools to play solid rhythm guitar, apply it to songs, and then play songs in any key.  In this lesson he will guide you through a 3 note per string approach that is clear and accessible for guitarists of all levels. 

Group B – “Approaching the Guitar” with Gene Bertoncini

Gene's book "Approaching the Guitar" is an iconic teaching method for the guitar. He is a masterful instructor and will teach the class how to approach the guitar fingerboard horizontally, vertically, and so much more. 


4:15 to 5 p.m. - Daily Recap/Q&A with all teachers


5:15 to 6 p.m. – “Master Class 2” with Frank Vignola

Frank focuses on picking. The class will play through different picking exercises that can eventually be added to your daily practice routine.


6 to 7:30 p.m. - Dinner break


7:30 to 8:30 p.m. - Teacher Performances


8:45 to 10:15 p.m. - Camper's Open Mic


 

THURSDAY:

 

8:30 to 9:15 a.m. – “Guitar Yoga and Fretboard Awareness” with Frank Sole (daily)


9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – “Morning Warm-ups/Repertoire” with Frank Vignola (daily)


10:45 to 12 p.m. - “Full Fretboard Rhythm Workout” with Vinny Raniolo

Expand your current knowledge of the fretboard and chord shapes.  This will be a workout for your fingers, brain and ears.

12 to 1 pm - Complimentary lunch


1:15 to 2:30 p.m. 

Group A – “Improvisation” with James Chirillo

There are many guitar solos that have come before us and James will discuss how learning from the masters, and applying this to what we already know, can enhance our understanding and skill.  Listening, transcription, theory and hearing what you want to play will all be discussed and will inspire you to find your unique road to improvisation.  

Group B – “Targeting Chord Tones and Using Neighbors” with Frank Vignola

Frank teaches how to use chord tones as a basis for your improvisation. The class plays through chord tones, then learns how to use neighboring tones to lead into the next chord tone to be played; a very useful improvisational tool.


2:45 to 4 p.m. 

Group A – “Cutting the BS and Playing Real Jazz” with Gene Bertoncini

Gene discusses and teaches what tools are necessary to get to the point of playing real jazz.

Group B – “The Moving Bass and Voice Leading” with Vinny Raniolo

Utilize bass motion through chord progressions and songs to spark new ideas for your accompanying skills. Vinny discusses techniques such as two-beat and walking bass lines with each harmonic movement thoroughly explained and easy to understand.


4:15 to 5:15 p.m. - "Workshop Q&A " with Jimmy Bruno


5:15 to 6 p.m. – “Master Class 3” with Frank Vignola

Frank discusses the importance of learning songs and how to use song progressions and melodies as practice tools.


6 to 7:30 p.m. - Dinner break


7:30 to 8:45 p.m - "Jimmy Bruno Jam"

Jimmy and Frank perform together, joined by Gary Mazzaroppi on bass.


9 to 10:15 p.m. - Camper's Open Mic


FRIDAY:

 

8:30 to 9:15 a.m. – “Guitar Yoga and Fretboard Awareness” with Frank Sole (daily)


9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – “Morning Warm-ups/Repertoire” with Frank Vignola (daily)


10:45 to 12 p.m. – “Practice, Practice, Practice” with Vinny Raniolo

After a week of intense study there is a lot of information that we’ve gathered.  It’s important to take the time to reflect on our practice routines and discuss the best ways for us to retain and put all this knowledge into practical use.  


12 to 1 pm - Complimentary lunch


1:15 to 2:30 p.m. 

Group A – “Targeting Chord Tones and Using Neighbors” with Frank Vignola 

Frank teaches how to use chord tones as a basis for your improvisation. The class plays through chord tones, then learns how to use neighboring tones to lead into the next chord tone to be played; a very useful improvisational tool.

Group B – “Improvisation” with James Chirillo

There are many guitar solos that have come before us and James will discuss how learning from the masters, and applying this to what we already know, can enhance our understanding and skill.  Listening, transcription, theory and hearing what you want to play will all be discussed and will inspire you to find your unique road to improvisation.  

 

2:45 to 4 p.m. 

Group A – “The Moving Bass and Voice Leading” with Vinny Raniolo 

Utilize bass motion through chord progressions and songs to spark new ideas for your accompanying skills. Vinny discusses techniques such as two-beat and walking bass lines with each harmonic movement thoroughly explained and easy to understand.

Group B – “Cutting the BS and Playing Real Jazz” with Gene Bertoncini

Gene discusses and teaches what tools are necessary to get to the point of playing real jazz.


4:15 to 5 p.m. - Daily Recap/Q&A with all teachers


5:15 to 6 p.m. – “Master Class 4” with Frank Vignola

This a Q&A session and recap of the week, with demonstrations. 


6 to 8 p.m. - Camper's Closing Night Dinner at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse 


8:30 to 10:30 p.m. -Camper's Closing Night Open Mic


 

SATURDAY:


Check Out by 10 a.m.

 

Schedule is subject to change