Summer is rolling right along, sometimes at an alarming speed. I’ve gotsta buckle down if I’m going to get all these projects finished.
This week I’m running Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp, which I offered for the first time last summer. Last year I had three campers—a small but talented group. This year, I’m down to one diligent bassist. I wasn’t even sure if he was going to show up, but his grandmother rolled up Monday morning and dutifully dropped him off, so we commenced a-rockin’.
Essentially, he’s getting twelve hours of private lessons from yours portly for about 22% of the normal cost (if I charged my half-hourly rate of $30 for twelve hours/twenty-four half-hours of lessons, I’d pull in $720; I’ll net $160 on this camp [that’s $200 total for the camp, less the 20% the school takes]).
Of course, we’re not playing bass for three hours straight each morning. Where it’s just the two of us, we’ve worked out a schedule that seems to work pretty well:
- Start with about thirty minutes of bass guitar—his bass “lesson” for the day.
- Shift over to piano (his little fingers need a rest from pressing metal against a hard wooden fretboard) for about thirty minutes, working on chords and music theory.
- Take a morning break, during which we talk about songwriting.
- Work on songwriting (we’re currently wrapping up a tune called “The Story of Sam the Clam”) for about forty-five minutes.
- Take a second, shorter break.
- Review the songwriting session, then clean up and organize the Music Room for the day.
It’s pretty cool to have the flexibility to build the camp around what he wants to learn, while also working in some things that I know will be beneficial to him.
The other looming event of the year is #MAGAWeek2022, which will run from Tuesday, 5 July through Saturday, 9 July 2022. For newcomers, #MAGAWeek2022 is when I celebrate the people, places, things, ideas, concepts, institutions, etc., that have, in their own way, Made America Great (Again).
During that week, all posts are behind the paywall over at my SubscribeStar page, but generous previews will be available here. Fortunately, it’s just $1 to get access to everything for the week.
Finally, I’ve at least pulled up the manuscript for the first volume of Sunday Doodles, which I hope to publish via Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing service by the end of the summer. The plan originally was to include the first fifty editions of Sunday Doodles, which are normally only available to $5 and up subscribers, as a handsome, black-and-white paperback. Now, however, I’m thinking I might go even bigger, and include the first 100 editions of Sunday Doodles. Talk about a nice coffee table book!
Speaking of, I am running late—for the first time in a long time!—on this past Sunday’s edition of Sunday Doodles. Hopefully it will be live for subscribers by the time you read this post.
So, there you have it—some quick updates on yours portly.