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What a blast you had at Camp Electric this summer! Whether it was your first time or your a seasoned pro by now, a week at camp can be an amazing experience where you learn so much, have a blast, and make new friends. The question you may be asking yourself today is “What now?”
We hope that your time at Camp Electric was everything you dreamed it could be, but we don’t want to leave you high and dry the other 51 weeks of the year. Let’s look at some ways in which you can keep the momentum from camp going all year.
Review, Review, Review
You have just been part of a weeklong exploration of music where you learned all kinds of new exercises and skills. The worst thing you could do would be to shut the door on that time of study and move on to the next chapter of life. Instead of forgetting everything you learned at Camp Electric, take your notes and memories from camp and use those to change up your usual routine. Were there things you were doing incorrectly before camp? Stay away from those bad habits! There were probably several moments during camp where a light bulb went off and you finally understood something for the first time. Review those moments and learn from what your instructors taught you.
Don’t Take Your Foot Off the Gas
There’s a temptation during the summer to just relax and focus on fun things like video games and the beach. While we certainly want you to enjoy the break from school, don’t forget about your musical instrument. Going to camp may have been a milestone for you, but it is far from the end of the journey. When it comes to some skills, you are either growing or diminishing. If you slack off from your practicing, the rust you just kicked off at camp is going to find its way back to your fingers.
Create a New Goal
Like we said before, maybe going to camp was a big step for you. That’s great! One of the best ways to make sure you’re keeping your foot on the gas is to create goals that excite you. The key is set your sights on something that is achievable but challenging. For a musician who is more of a beginner, that may mean you simply want to build a catalogue of song covers you can play. On the other hand, someone more experienced may desire to learn a new instrument or play at an open mic night. Find something that will challenge your skills and keep you focused.
Grow in Your Faith
Camp Electric is not just about becoming a better musician. While we absolutely want to see you grow to your full potential in that area, we also wish for you to cultivate a faith in God that sticks with you through the years. Committing to the discipline of practicing your instrument is great, but it’s far from the only place where discipline is required. Make time for reading your Bible, take advantage of opportunities to learn and socialize at church, and be bold enough to take with your friends about issues pertaining to your faith.
Tell Your Musician Friends About Camp Electric
We love that so many of our students at Camp Electric have made friends during their stay. Music is a great way for people of all ages to bond. Another way to have even more friends at camp is by talking up the opportunity with your musician friends who have never been before. Why hoard all the fun when you can invite your friends from home to be a part of the week as well? By inviting other musicians you know, you can also build a group of accountability for when you get back home where everyone collaborates on music and pushes each other to excel.
Keep in Touch with Friends from Camp Electric
Speaking of friends, one way to keep the momentum from camp going is to stay in touch with your friends from camp. These people are the ones who have seen you struggling with your instrument and overcoming bad habits, as well as likely having watched the same instruction you received at camp. We live in an age of technology where you can practically have a band practice from different spots in the country. Take advantage of all that your phone and computers can do by sharing notes and talking about the spiritual matters that are important to you.
Find Musical Outlets
One of the reasons why your parents signed you up for sports like soccer and basketball when you were younger was to let you work out all of that energy you had built up as a child. In the same way, your musician side needs an outlet through which you can direct your creative energy. Do you and your friends have a band? Can you explore musical opportunities at school? If playing or singing in public is too much for right now, try your hand at songwriting at least. It’s a healthy way to process different things you are going through and it can be a lot of fun.
Listen to Some of the New Bands/Instructors You Saw at Camp Electric
Let’s be honest, you’re probably more familiar with some bands and instructors at camp than others. One way you can reminisce over and grow from your time at Camp Electric is by listening to some of the music created by the people you saw there. Was there an instructor you enjoyed but with whose work you’re not that well acquainted? Find some videos and music online to learn more about their style. Even if you just want to enjoy some music by your new favorite band you saw at camp, that’s great. Another cool idea would be to learn some of their music and show off next year when you come back.
Start Planning for Next Year
It’s never too early to start thinking about coming back for another round of Camp Electric. In fact, we often get many people registered for the following year of camp within the last month or so of summer. If you had a great time at camp, we would love to have you back so you can continue growing in your faith and musical abilities. Nothing gets you excited about Camp Electric quite like the anticipation of another year with all your favorite people!
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