Practice jamming at home!

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


Bluegrass Jam Camp
taught by Bob Amos, Alan Epstein & Ellen Carlson
using the Wernick Method

Colebrook, NH • Oct 18-20, 2019 • Tillotson Center
Friday 7-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am - 4pm

Tuition $220 ($200 until June 30)

Camp is currently full, but you can join the waiting list.

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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 deposit refunded if you cancel before August 20.

Closet pickers, this is for you!

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

VIDEO: Jamming at 2017 camp

Camp Flyer (PDF) Current Space Availability FAQs
Alan Epstein has played mandolin and sung in bluegrass bands since the 1970s. Alan excels at helping students master bluegrass fundamentals, giving them confidence to enjoy a broad range of musical experiences.
Bob Amos was the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter of the IBMA award- winning band FRONT RANGE from 1988-2003. Bob specializes in teaching guitar, banjo, harmony vocals and band dynamics.
Ellen Carlson has been performing on fiddle for over 35 years. She teaches fiddle, guitar and mandolin privately and at major Bob Amos Alan Epstein Ellen Carlson festivals including Grey Fox, Joe Val and Pemi Valley.
Watch Bob & Alan play   •   Email Alan   •   Fiddlers: email Ellen

Comments from the 2017 camp

“Bob, Ellen and Alan are great teachers who are able to understand where you are in your musical learning journey and move you forward.”

“Essentially my first time playing with others, the support from the instructors and other students was outstanding.”

“The other participants and teachers really helped me out of my comfort zone which was a HUGE step for me. ”

“I really enjoyed the overall learning environment (location, people, teachers). There was a nice feeling of community. ”

“This was a whole new experience for me and I was extremely nervous. By the end of the weekend I was so much more relaxed, it was great. ”

“The atmosphere.was very comfortable and created an environment where it was easy to take chances. ”

“Not having sung before I found the breakout sessions very engaging and easy to understand and participate in. The singing in the small jam groups was new for me and all the instructors were very helpful in guiding me through. ”

“It really moved me to watch all of the instructors patiently draw music out of people who were nervous beginners. I was in their shoes two years ago. I can't say enough about what Alan, Bob, and Ellen are able to do in this regard. ”

“The Tillotson Center is first rate!”


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

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


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.