Welcome to the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Bluegrass academy page!

Video from 2017 Bluegrass academy. https://youtu.be/k9_IagACAIY

The Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy for Kids (BGA), established in 1999, is a free four-day camp-style learning program held each year during Grey Fox. The program teaches children (age 8-17) to play, sing and perform bluegrass music. BGA consists of sectional instruction with their assigned instrumental teacher; ensemble sessions with the entire group; harmony singing lessons; and guest appearances by musicians who are performing at Grey Fox. The program’s grand finale is a ‘Graduation Gig’ Sunday afternoon on the High Meadow Stage. Approximately 100-120 kids participate in BGA each year. Students have fun, learn a lot, grow in confidence and make friends that can last a lifetime.

Classes

We offer instruction in mandolin, banjo, bass, cello, viola, fiddle and guitar in classes of approximately ten students each.

BGA Schedule

Thursday
6:30: Sign in and get tuned up
7:00-8:30: Orientation. Bring your instruments.

8:30-9:00; Family square dance! Y'all Come!

Friday
10:00-noon: Classes
Noon-1:30: Lunch with your family
1:30-3:30: Classes

Saturday
10:00-noon: Classes
Noon-1:30: Lunch with your family
1:30-3:30: Classes

Sunday
10:00-11:00: Rehearsal
11:30: Meet backstage
12:00-12:30: Graduation Gig

Our 2018 Bluegrass academy marks the 20th year that we've been bringing a spark to young bluegrass musicians at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. Over these two decades, our students have moved into the bluegrass communities across the country as young adults that play professionally, jam in local jams and make up the next generation of bluegrass fans.

This year's songs are;

Y'All Come in A, Shenandoah Breakdown in A(by Bill Monroe) and Think of What You've Done in G(from the 1999 Grammy award winning recording, Bluegrass Rules by Ricky Skaggs)

   
 Please work on the D, A and G scales (for all instruments) and G, D, A and C chords on your instruments (for mandolins, banjos, and guitars). Banjo and guitar players will need a capo

Files for all of these songs can be found at the bottom of this page;
Download the music for your individual instrument and the lyrics sheet too. 

Very important notes!  
1. Every musician should practice the G and D scales (especially banjo, mandolin and guitar players) on the instrument they are going to play everyday before we meet. 
2. Please download the lyrics to the songs below and practice singing them along with the youtube examples that will soon be up. 



The songs for 2017 were; Hold Watcha Got in D,   Blue Moon of Kentucky in D  and Golden Slippers in G

Our 2016 songs were; Old Slewfoot. A song about a bear written by Johnny Horton and brought to bluegrass by Jim and Jessie, Out on the Ocean. A classic bluegrass song written by the founder of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, Pete Kuykendall and The Foggy Mountain Special. An iconic bluegrass standard by Earl Scruggs.

a Gallery of photos from our past Academies!


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Play and sing along with this one. It's in our key and similar arrangement.  Apr 21, 2018, 4:43 AM Mark Panfil
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This is the key we are playing this song in. Play along!  Apr 21, 2018, 4:43 AM Mark Panfil
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Another version in the same key as us. Try it out!  Apr 21, 2018, 4:43 AM Mark Panfil
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This version has a harmony fiddle part written in for the advanced fiddlers.   18k v. 2 Apr 21, 2018, 4:44 AM Mark Panfil
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Play along with this. It's in the key we are playing it in.  Apr 21, 2018, 4:44 AM Mark Panfil
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YouTube link performed by Sierra Hull and Billy Strings  Apr 21, 2018, 5:54 AM Mark Panfil
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Violin music and chords for guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro and bass  31k v. 2 May 24, 2018, 4:03 PM Mark Panfil
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YouTube link to Alicia Nuggent's version.  Apr 21, 2018, 5:54 AM Mark Panfil
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Violin music and chords for guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro and bass players.  15k v. 2 May 24, 2018, 1:34 PM Mark Panfil
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YouTube link of Bill Monroe performing Y'all Come  Apr 21, 2018, 5:54 AM Mark Panfil
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Violin music and chords for guitar, mandolin, banjo, dobro and bass    18k v. 2 May 24, 2018, 1:34 PM Mark Panfil
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Same violin version except up one octave. Please print both versions to practice and bring with you to Grey Fox. thanks.  61k v. 2 Jul 18, 2018, 5:19 AM Mark Panfil
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