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American Banjo Camp



American Banjo Camp held its first session on the weekend of September 5 - 7, 2003 at Fort Flagler State Park on Marrowstone Island in the Puget Sound. It was a big success! Every year since then, on the weekend following Labor Day the camp has been held, at Fort Flagler from 2003 to 2015 and at Pilgrim Firs in Port Orchard from 2016 until the present. Photos and quotes from past years are online.

Notes and Comment on Banjo Culture

There's a lot more to banjo culture than just banjo jokes. There are thoughts from great (and not so great) thinkers, cartoons, news items, and of course endless discussions of strings, mutes, capos, picks, and gear in general. You'll find some of that on the ABC Notes, Comments, and Fun page.


Banjo Camp thrives on the enthusiasm and cooperation of all its attendees. The simple act of telling your friends or people you meet at a jam about the camp can really help ABC survive.

Please feel free to print this out and spread copies around.

ABC poster
ABC Poster (click for full size)

Banjo Chords (LOTS of banjo choards)

banjo diagram

If you've ever wondered how many ways are there to make a C chord on a banjo tuned in sawmill tuning, or how to play a Bb9 chord on a banjo tuned in open G tuning or tuned in any tuning that you've made up, the Banjo Chords page can help you with that.

Soon there will also be a Banjo Chord Sequences page that can help you find good ways to play a whole sequence of banjo chords in many different banjo tunings.

dobro diagram

If you play the dobro you may be interested in the 3-Note Dobro Chords page, or the 4, 5, & 6-note Dobro Chords page, or the 3-Note Dobro Chord Sequences page.

ABC T-Shirt

The ABC 2024 t-shirt is currently in the design stage; we hope to have the entire design process completed by sometime in February. You order the T-shirt when you register for camp and it will be waiting for you when you arrive, at check-in. That's the only way they're availabe since we don't make any extras.

You can also find a wide selection of early ABC clothing, cups, and other items (e.g. a Bill Keith clock with the circle of fifths on it, or even an ABC thong!) at the ABC Online CafePress Store.
ABC shirtABC hatABC clockABC mugABC shirt


Links to other interesting camps and music-related organizations

Miscellaneous Cool Items

Jenny Glover's fine Fiddletails blog features a tune, "Sadie at the Back Door," written by Jere Canote and performed at ABC in 2009. Here's a link to her blog.

What does music do to your brain?
This YouTube Video explains a lot!

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