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2014 Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp Moves to Nashville

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Monroe Mandolin Camp 2014The Annual Monroe Style Mandolin Camp which has been hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky is moving to Nashville, Tennessee this year. The camp, scheduled for September 4-7, 2014 will be held at Camp Marymount at 1318 Fairview Blvd. The Monroe Mandolin Camp (Nashville) is a specialized mandolin camp playing and learning the songs and instrumentals of Bill Monroe. The mission of this camp is brilliantly simple: Provide world-class musicians chooled in the music written, recorded, and created by the Father of Blue Grass music-Bill Monroe. This niche genre within the world of bluegrass is important to preserve and keep alive. It is the roots and base for an entire subculture of music within the folk/country/roots/bluegrass scene.

The International Bluegrass Music Museum will continue their tradition of mandolin camps but, the new format of museum camps will be a broader camp structure including a bigger spectrum of mandolin styles. Watch for a new camp by founder Mike Compton to fill the gap.

Preservation of the Monroe bluegrass style is not the sole purpose of this camp. It is to introduce the history of this music to new musicians who will then take this style out into their musical lives-exponentially growing and continuing to expose other musicians to the wealth and beauty of these songs, instrumentals, and tunes. With Mike Compton at the helm, one of the pre-eminent masters of this style (and arguably, the best), teaching the curriculum of Monroe in his thought out manner, all students of mandolin and of the style, will come away with a deeper understanding of not only the man Bill Monroe, but of his technique, the development of his music over decades, and also how they can apply that knowledge to their own playing and musical endeavors.

Monroe Mandolin Camp (Nashville) is a specialized mandolin camp where students from around the world can study with world-class instructors on the music of the pioneer and father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. Directed by the master mandolinist Mike Compton, this camp will include 3.5 days of hands-on instructional intensive classes both beginner through advanced students, jamming session late into the evening, instructional one-on-one tutorials, and opportunities to work with world class luthiers on your own instrument.

This camp is a continuation of the Monroe-Style camp that IBMM in Owensboro, KY has offered for the past 8 years. However, as the end of 2013, IBMM decided to expand their camp model to include a variety of mandolin and other instrument styles, thus opening up this opportunity for Mike to continue in Nashville, his advocacy and teaching of the Monroe style in his own camp.

Compton is as passionate an advocate for the mandolin as you're ever likely to find. And what better way to work with Mike than in a relaxed setting with friends and colleagues? As Sam Bush says, "nobody plays Monroe better than Compton."

A new website is being created for the 2014 Nashville camp. The site is expected to open on March 8, 2014. Check the second week in March for all the details and registration information.

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