Within the next two weeks (most likely sooner than later), I will be concurrently releasing two solo ablums. This album
Within the next two weeks (most likely sooner than later), I will be concurrently releasing two solo ablums. This album series, entitled “In-Tuition,” attempts to chronicle the various instruments, musical genres, and musicians I’ve explored my last 25 years as a musician.
Additionally, In-Tuition was chosen as the title for two reasons: 1 ) to encapture the intuitive approach I take to music and 2) more importantly, to raise money for doctoral work in Counseling Psychology. I have been accepted to the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at Indiana University-Bloomington (6th best counseling psych program in the country). My research focus (unsurprisingly) is exploration of the psychotherapeutic modalities and interventions most pertinent and beneficial to the creative community. Tied in with this is also creative resistance and ambivalence (the old “writer’s block” or self-disparaging “I suck” comments). I have been unsuccessful in finding doctoral funding and hope that the timely release of these albums pay for a year of doctoral work. You, my dear friends and readers, can help put me through school with the purchase of my album(s).
In-Tuition: Mandopoly is mandolin-centric, primarily showcasing my songwriting and unique mandolin style. This album has 20 tunes with guest spots from Will Kimble, Tom Harold, Phil Richter, and my 12 year old son Gus. I play octave mandolin, mandolin (of course), guitar, cello, and uke. Tunes are mostly originals with covers of Lennon, Dylan, and Ian Anderson.
In-Tuition: Blues is obviously blues-centric with shades of blues-based rock. Guesting on this album are Grammy-winner Mike Compton, Tom Harold, Deke Hager, Gordon Bonham, Bruce Lockwood, JJ Perry, American singer-songwriter Will Scott, Pembroke Moreland, Scott Kellogg, Joe Donnelly, and Bennett Williams. I play electric guitar and mandolin on this album. The album’s 19 tunes are split between originals, originals from Gordon Bonham, Pembroke Moreland, and Deke Hager, and covers of Janis Joplin, Hendrix, Amos Milburn, Sleepy John Estes, Yank Rachell, Leroy Carr.
The albums will be digital download only through iTunes and Amazon. Cost of each album is $9.99 w/ a 4 page booklet downloadable from iTunes with each album. Yes, you heard this correct, for the low, low price of $20 you will get 39 of the best Jim Richter tunes available anywhere!
PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER WITHOUT TALKING TO ME FIRST! We are currently full, but I can put your name on a waiting list. Please do do not send me tuition or registration info as registration is currently closed.
The 2013 Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us is full. However, I am keeping a waiting list. If you wish your name to be added, please email me. It is possible more spots may be opened in the future.
I firmly believe that my mandolin camp is “for the rest of us.” I am striving to create a community of sharing and co-teaching that deconstructs the traditional teacher/student instruction model. Obviously, there will be those who possess more knowledge (that’s why some of you are coming to this camp). However, that knowledge can be imparted in a way that lets the attendees be more than pure consumers of information. The campers should help define the camp.
This has been done the last two years in curriculum, as I’ve surveyed campers for workshop focus.
This year, our campers have decided our T-Shirt design. Our T-Shirts, as was last year, have been made possible through the sponsorship of the MandolinCafe and Kimble Mandolins. The T-Shirt design comes from Ron Bird of Designworks, our T-Shirt designer the last 3 years. This year Ron provided several design concepts and polled them.
The winner is: Circle
I am very impressed by what Fender is putting together in Indonesia. Frankly, I think the Squire’s out of Indonesia are every bit as good or better than Fender’s mid-priced line. I have a strat with three lipstick pickups that’s killer. Among those instruments, I would include the new Mando-Strat, a reissue of the classic Fender Electric Mandolin that was made from the late 50′s through the early 70′s. I’ve owned a ’63 and this mandolin–which I paid $250 for through Music 123–is every bit as good as that one but without the price tag.
This year’s Richter Camp is almost a sell-out with only two spots left. 20 of 22 spots have been filled. I’ve currently locked the registration page, as I would like direct contact first before giving up the last two spots. I still want to make sure a couple of regular attendees are not able to attend. Please email me your interest and I’ll put you on a waiting list for the next available spot.
The 2013 Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us announces it is more than 2/3′rd full with only 7 spots left. Sponsored by MandolinCafe.com, Kimble Mandolins, and the Grant St. Inn, the Richter Mandolin Camp will be held for its third year in Bloomington, IN from July 25th through July 27th. Instructors are the incomparable Don Julin and Jim Richter. More information about the camp (including payment and registration) at the 2013 Richter Camp page at jimrichter.com.
All the information and registration materials needed for this year’s Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us have been posted. You will see the Camp link in the Menu above, or you can go here.