Geoff Alday

Amazing and well-organized learning experience. Will definitely attend again. Highly recommended.

For me one of the highlights was seeing how welcoming, friendly, and accommodating everyone was to a beginning picker like myself. When I got there Thursday evening, I was blown away by how good everyone was. It was definitely intimidating. I honestly didn’t want to take my mandolin out of its case. Another attendee, while taking a break from jamming, walked over and introduced himself. He encouraged me to just get in there and try because all those amazing pickers were in the same boat at one point in their lives too. I did and it was a blast!

I felt like another thing I took away from this experience was knowing where to go next with learning how to pick. Watching and hearing other pickers in person is so different than watching videos online. I thought that was probably the case going in, but I didn’t realize the extent to which it would hold true. I’m definitely planning on getting out more often to pick with other people.

Lastly, Paul Duff did an amazing job installing a new bridge on my mandolin. The difference in its playability and sound is remarkable. Can’t thank him and Will Kimble enough for being there and working on all of our instruments.

This camp is such a great community. I feel fortunate to have discovered it. Will definitely be attending again. – Geoff Alday, September 9, 2014