Frequently Asked Questions



Select your first workshop form the MAIN COURSE menu on the registration page. You will attend the first three consecutive sessions.  One on Friday at 7:30 pm, the second and Saturday morning at 9:00 am and the third at 10:15 am on Saturday morning. 

Select your first APPETIZER  from the online registration page. That workshop is at 7:00  pm on Saturday.

Select your second APPETIZER from the online registration page. That workshop is at 9:30 am Sunday morning.

Select your desert from the online registration page. That workshop is at 10:45 am on Sunday morning.

You can mix and match. Once you have selected your MAIN COURSE you can then select a combination of the other workshops offered with BUILD YOUR OWN. Maybe you want  to combine your two appetizers and desert? It is up to you. Let your musical curiosity lead you.

Who should sign up? Anyone with a desire to spend time playing music and meeting people with similar interests.

The camp usually attracts 120 – 150 musicians from all musical backgrounds.

Who does the workshop cater to?  Musicians from all musical backgrounds and levels of ability who share an interest in exploring the user friendly nature of bluegrass. 

I don’t know any bluegrass songs. You will by the by the end of this weekend. Online access to bluegrass is plentiful. 


Is this a workshop for the beginner?  Most of the workshops cater to players with a good foundation on their instrument. Beginners should be familiar with chord shapes and strumming patterns. Workshop leaders are experienced teachers interested in providing a positive experience at every level.


Will the workshop leaders participate in the jamming? Yes, they can’t resist joining in. You will find workshop leaders in large as well as intimate jams throughout the campus.

What is a Slow Pitch Jam? Players new to jamming and working at getting comfortable with their instrument enjoy the slow pitch because the tunes are led by a bluegrass ensemble who play the tunes a bit slower, a member of the ensemble indicates the chord changes. All types of instruments attend. 

Can I take more than one type of workshop?  YES, Build you  own workshop or not...We still offer six 1-hour sessions with no moving around.  Speak to the workshop director to find the best fit, it's your weekend and you should get the most out of it.


How will I fit in if I don't play bluegrass music? You will fit in, bluegrass is a user friendly. Bluegrass is taught by listening and playing, find a jam and join in, you will be sure to pick up a tune or two. Familiarize yourself with some tunes before heading out, there is plenty of information on the internet.

Is there a chance to perform at the workshop? Yes, the Band Scramble and the Saturday Open Stage. Performance is part of playing music. 


Can I come out for the jamming only? No, all workshop activities are restricted to registered participants.


Is there a place to prepare food?  No, the food is provided by Camp He Ho Ha and it is excellent. They can accommodate most dietary needs. Please indicate dietary restrictions when registering. 


I have dietary restrictions. Indicate your food limitations when registering and the information will be passed along to the kitchen staff at Camp He Ho Ha.


Do you have a family rate?  Submit written requests to the workshop director or any member of the NBCMS board.


Can my spouse attend without taking any of the workshops? Yes, we will reduce the fee by $25.

Can I arrange for a private lesson sometime during the weekend? Yes, you can make arrangements with the workshop leaders.

Are instruments for rent at the workshop? Not on site but Myhre's Music in Edmonton rents instruments, they will set up a small store with instruments and accessories at Camp He Ho Ha.

Myhre's Music

8735 - 118 Avenue, Edmonton, Phone: (780) 477 - 1586



Do I need money while at the camp? There is an opportunity to enter a guitar raffle and buy 50/50 tickets. The NBCMS has a merchandise table set up in the Main Hall. Food and snacks are included in your registration fee.


Can I bring my motor home to Camp He Ho Ha? Camp He Ho Ha administration must approve overnight camping. Please contact Anna with your request. 780-718-3070

I am uncomfortable staying in a dorm. Most people feel that way initially. To tell you the truth, you are so busy attending the workshops, jamming and visiting over the course of the weekend you will hardly have time to lounge in your bed. Don’t let the dorm experience hold your musical side back. 


Do the facilities include showers? Every dorm has clean, private showers with plenty of hot water.

You can look great the whole weekend.


Should I bring my own bedding and towels?   Yes. The beds in the dorm are comfortable but you need to bring your own bedding and towel. Each bed has a small night table with a cupboard.


Do men & women stay in the same dorm? No. We have 4 women’s dorms and 4 men’s.

The quiet dorms are available to those that register for them.


What is your refund policy? You will need to submit a letter to the NBCMS board of directors outlining the reason for withdrawing. A discussion will take place at the board meeting following the workshop. All refunds will be the decision of the board.

Please consider that the NBCMS is bound by the policies of the Camp He Ho Ha administration. They do not issue the NBCMS any refunds if our numbers change.

What if the workshop I choose is not suitable for me?. After your first session on Friday you will have a good idea as to whether you have a good fit. Every effort will be made by the Workshop Director to ensure you get the most out of your weekend.

Contact Anna Somerville, Workshop Director, for clarification on any question at 780-718-3070

The Acoustic Music Workshop

The Acoustic Music Workshop