Ability Chart

RiverTunes Camp Ability Chart

These definitions are to help provide a common ground understanding between the faculty and you, in your self assessment of technical ability, and in guiding you in your class choices and placement. A good fit between you, a class and it’s teacher – is one where you’re neither bored, nor overwhelmed, but challenged with basic understanding felt at the end of the day. Remember, the value of recording all, or highlights, of your classes is huge and it’s content can remind you what you learned and maybe provide “ah-ha” moments later in review, after a particular concept was perhaps not as clear during camp.

Total beginner ~ (no experience necessary), or beginner wanting to review or just start over. This is those who seek introduction instruction such as 3 – 5 basic chords, a few scales and basic technique of how to hold the instrument and play entry level tunes and/or songs. (Level 1)

Advanced beginner ~ You now know the basics of how to play your instrument (and tune it!), you know a handful (5 – 8) of major and minor chords and can play some songs or tunes, moving from one chord to another without pausing, and, if not up to tempo, at least not painfully slow. (Level 2)

Intermediate ~ You providing steady rhythm and are competent with a variety of basic chords (for example: A, Am, B, Bm, C, C7, D, Dm, E, Em, G, Gm, G7 and F). You now understand basic chord progressions (such as I, IV, V chords), can sing and strum at the same time, and learns chords to simple tunes fairly quickly. You are comfortable with your instrument, and have some measurable experience playing with other people. (Level 3)

Advanced intermediate ~ You should have at least two years of real playing experience, including some experience playing with others in jam sessions or in bands and able to focus on details such as style, arrangement, ornamentation and improvisation. (Level 4)

If you’re uncertain which level is right for you, consider whether you’d rather take it slow and easy, or be more challenged, and sign up accordingly. We allow for some adjustments with moving to different core classes (on the first day only, please).