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 John David using the Wernick Method*

Ojai CA, June 30-July 1
Private residence

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

Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm

Tuition $250 (Only $235 until May 30!)

Come join us in beautiful Ojai, a cultural mecca for festivals, art, hiking, wine, and spas. Lavender Festival is June 30!

3 nearby camping sites: Lake Casitas, Camp Comfort, Foster County Park. We recommend AirBnB.com for non-campers, but spas and inns are also available, with national hotel chains 12 mi. away in Ventura.

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John David is a master on banjo, mandolin, dobro, guitar, and harmonica. He also plays fiddle and bass. He toured with music luminaries the Limeliters, performed with Leon Redbone, and has recorded for many television shows, commercials, and movie soundtracks. John created two instructional videos (banjo and mandolin) for the Warner Brothers "Ultimate Beginner" series. While the Denver Post describes him as a "guitarist's guitarist", John is also eager to help everyday people with the challenges of learning to jam.

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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! ($200 balance due at first class)

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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 John's students

“The atmosphere at the jam workshop made everyone, beginners and experienced alike, feel welcome and comfortable.”

“I was surprised at how much I learned and how quickly.”

“John made me (and everyone) feel at ease, created a fun atmosphere.”

“John's explanations are excellent and easy to follow.”

“Had lessons from several teachers in the area---John has been easily the best”

“He showed me simple ways to get around roadblocks that had frustrated me for a long time”

“Each class just gets better and better. Keep doing what you're doing!”

“Always a great time. Always look forward to the challenge.”

“Thanks for all the help, especially the suggestions on vocal improvement.”

“John gets better and better every time I take his class. He's aware of how everybody in the class is doing and he's very self-reflective about small things to add/change to improve the experience. I'm hooked.”

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.