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Pete Wernick's Bluegrass Jam Camp - Gettysburg, PA

May 12 - 15, 2014

Monday - Thursday at the Granite Hill Campground prior to the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. For more info about the festival: gettysburgbluegrass.com. Hot Rize and Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers are performing at the festival.

Registration Form Camp Flyer (PDF) Current Space Availability

Winners receive full tuition, a $225 value. Applicants must write to [email protected] and indicate: instrument(s), age, jam experience, goals, and financial need (indicate briefly). Players under 25 and service veterans are given preference.

There is still room in this camp. To arrange for registration, please email Pete.

Last-week discounts for better instrument balance!
$100 off for next 2 bass players
$40 off for the next 2 guitar players
$40 off for the next 4 mandolin, fiddle, or dobro players

Total tuition is $225. $85 deposit holds your spot. Attendance is limited. Need-based discounts available for less common instruments (usually fiddle, bass, mandolin). More info.

Camp times: 1:00-5:00 Monday, 9:00-5:00 Tuesday and Wednesday and 9:00-1:00 Thursday.

Pete's teaching background

Closet pickers, this is for you!
All bluegrass instruments welcome
No jamming experience necessary
You will be jamming the first morning!

What it is

  • Understanding, low-pressure, experienced teaching by Pete Wernick and Ira Gitlin.
  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups
  • How to play lead, fake solos, sing harmony
  • Group and individualized instruction on backup techniques.
  • Ground rules and etiquette; learn many bluegrass standards,
  • In over 100 camps, we've taught thousands to jam. You can too!

How you qualify

Practice jamming at home!

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

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.

Comments from recent jam campers:

“I have been waiting to start playing real bluegrass with people for quite a while, and now I can.”

“It's been three weeks, but I'm still on a high from your Bluegrass Jam Camp in Gettysburg. To put it mildly -- it was absolutely fantastic! My banjo playing has improved immeasurably since Camp -- even my wife has noticed. I am now actively looking for other jammers.”

“One of the best experiences in or out of music I have ever had!”

“I had a great time, learned a lot, met great people.. The best week of my whole year!”

“It was exactly what I needed. I will now have the courage to actually take my banjo with me to jam sessions instead of just hanging around listening.”

“An incredible experience... a depth of knowledge on the subject beyond just technique, including the history, etiquette, and flavor of the genre.”

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Have questions?

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

Registration Form Camp Flyer (PDF) Current Space Availability