Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by Monte Barwick using the Wernick Method*
Mondays, Apr 1-May 27 (ex. 5/20) 7-9pm
8 sessions, tuition $160
Kelowna, BC   World of Music
Monte Barwick started playing guitar at age 13 and began teaching group and private lessons over a decade ago. He teaches guitar, bass and banjo at World of Music in Kelowna BC. Students enjoy his friendly and fun ways of working with them through the learning process. He is a long time member of the Rusty Nails Jam Band, and an instigator and regular at several Bluegrass jams around the area.
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Monte's students say:

"Thank you for your patience and helpful instruction in the class. The way you included everyone and kept the session moving made it a fun learning experience."

"This is something I've wanted to do for so long and you've taken the mystery out of making music for me."

"I'm so excited to go home and play ...and come back to learn more."

"I am playing better and better while loving the journey. Monte is a great and inspiring teacher. I highly recommend him."

"These are great lessons! This blue grass learning is so much fun. I am serious about the orchestra but I am committed to both!"

Sign up now and we'll send you full information preparing you for the class and the world of jamming!
$50 deposit holds your spot! ($110 balance due at first class)

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50% of payment refunded if you cancel more than one month in advance.

  • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • No jamming experience necessary
  • You will be jamming the first class!
  • Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
  • Mistakes allowed!
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
  • Soloing not required! "Faking" solos taught.

Do you qualify? It's easier than you may think!
If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro... 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. (Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords)

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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.

Practice jamming at home!

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