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 Russell Paswater using the Wernick Method*

Indianapolis IN, September 14-16, 2018
at Life Recovery Center (North)

Fri 5-9pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-4pm

Tuition $195 ($185 until August 14!)

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Russell Paswater has played and taught bluegrass banjo and guitar for 38 years. He is a songwriter and sings in two bands including the H2O band, second place winner of the Bluegrass Band contest at Beanblossom, 2000. Russell has guided hundreds of jam sessions at bluegrass festivals and always invites beginners because “It’s all about FUN!”"

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! ($135 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 Russell's students

“It was a great experience and Russell was great!”

“Russell was an extremely effective instructor who was interested in the success of each student and demonstrated excellent teaching skills. This was more like a friend helping you learn.”

“Maggie did an amazing job. She got everyone to a better spot than they were before. Everyone learned how to jam, everyone had a great time and felt like they were a part of the bluegrass community.”

“A life-changing experience!”

“Really enjoyed his personality. Good positive role model and very patient with beginner players.”

“A very worthwhile experience.”

“I have been a music instructor since 1968. I think you got it just right. I had not played stringed instrument before and this made it easy and comfortable.”

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.