Practice jamming at home!

17 songs, just 4 chords and SLOW tempos. This DVD will help you prepare for your first jam class.

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Bluegrass Jam Camp
taught by Larry Kernagis using the Wernick Method*

Monteagle TN, March 31-April 2
at the Dubose Conference Center

Watch a Wernick Method class, and hear what the students and teacher say!

Fri 5-9pm, Sat 9am-4pm, Sun 9am-2pm

Tuition $240 (Returning students only $215!)

ROOM OPTIONS

  • • Motel style (private bath) $48/night per person double occupancy, $68/night single

Reserve your room as soon as you register for the camp by contacting Stephanie at 931.924.2353 or emailing [email protected] (use code "BJC").

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Larry Kernagis was raised during the folk revival era of the 60's, cutting his chops on Flatt and Scruggs and the Kingston Trio. Eventually, he became a banjo instructor at the famed Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Larry has led Bluegrass jams at festivals across the country for the past 30 years. He now employs his banjo, guitar and vocal skills entertaining with "greengrass" Celtic group Def Leprechaun.

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Closet pickers, this is for you!

  • • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • • No jamming experience necessary
  • • You will be jamming the first morning!

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We'll email you full information you'll need for the class and the world of jamming! $50 deposit holds your spot! ($190 balance due at first class)

NOTE: All banjo spots currently filled. More info here.

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All registrants receive a coupon code for $10 off any Jam DVD!

Once we receive your payment, we'll contact you via email for registration info. Prefer to pay with check or money order? Email [email protected] for details. 50% of payment refunded if you cancel more than one month in advance.

Camp Flyer (PDF) Current Space Availability FAQs

How you qualify

It's easier than you may think!

If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or resonator guitar you can be part of a bluegrass jam.

Only requirements: You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. Fast playing is not expected, nor is the ability to solo required.

Intermediates welcome! You will be given extra challenges and jamming opportunities

Comments from Larry's students

“Larry was an excellent instructor. Patient and kind, he brought the music to life and gave me the tools to do the same.”

“When I was young I was a classically trained violinist, but Larry taught me to play music with the other half of my brain...It's been a great experience.”

“I really feel like I improved and am now able to jam with almost anyone.”

“Larry encouraged us to try and get beyond our fears and try different things. He is very patient.”

Questions?

Visit our FAQ section. If you still have questions feel free to email us at [email protected].

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Wernick Method Classes teach real bluegrass jamming!

  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups
  • Learn many bluegrass standards
  • Gentle tempos! Mistakes expected!
  • Full ground rules and etiquette of typical jams
  • How to lead songs and how to follow new songs
  • How to find melodies, fake solos, sing harmony
  • Ear skills taught and emphasized, as in real bluegrass
  • Reading skills not needed or used
  • Group and individualized instruction on backup skills
  • Understanding, low-pressure, time-tested teaching
Pete Wernick ("Dr. Banjo", originator of Banjo Camps and Bluegrass Jam Camps) has created a method based on his years of experience teaching jamming.

Wernick Method teachers are certified by Pete based on knowledge of bluegrass, teaching ability, and proper use of the Wernick Method.