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 Dave Howard using the Wernick Method*

Assisted by Chris Joslin, Danny Clark, and Mike Hobson

at the International Bluegrass Music Museum
Owensboro KY, March 16-18  •  Tuition $260

Friday 2-6pm  •  Saturday 9am-6pm  •  Sunday 10am-2pm

The Kentucky Fried Pickin' "end of winter" Bluegrass Jam runs in Owensboro the same weekend, a 2nd annual free event where pickers from all over can meet fellow pickers for great music, memories and friendships.

The Holiday Inn Riverfront in Owensboro is offering a special rate (until February 23) for jam campers and for those attending Kentucky Fried Pickin' event.

Dave Howard has enjoyed years of singing and playing mandolin throughout the U.S. with The 23 String Band - winners of the Louisville Music Awards Bluegrass Artist of the Year - and with the Louisville-based Relic Bluegrass band. He has played and sung on numerous television, radio, and feature film programs. He recently apprenticed as a fiddler, supported by the Kentucky Arts Council. Dave directs the Louisville Folk School, a traditional music education community he founded in 2015, and sits on the board of Bluegrass Anonymous - Louisville's Bluegrass Music Association.

Closet pickers, this is for you!

  • • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • • No jamming experience necessary
  • • You will be jamming at the first session!

Registration includes

  • • Optional museum tour and/or visit to Bill Monroe's home place in nearby Rosine
  • • Camp T-shirt and poster
  • • Evening jamming and showing of IBMM-produced documentaries

Sign up now!

Upon registration you will be sent student materials and full camp information by email.

All registrants receive a coupon code for $10 off any Jam DVD!
Camp Poster 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 Dave's students

“Dave does a great job of teaching to the appropriate level. Thanks to Dave I now have the confidence to participate in jams.”

“It was the catalyst for motivation and improvement in everyone's playing. I'd recommend it for anyone.”

“He is very approachable and easy to get along with. The Louisville Folk School is a great asset to our city!”

“A positive, encouraging environment that felt safe. I felt free to experiment and make mistakes.”

“The slower tempos allowed for layers of complexity to be added to my experience: sing while playing, paying WAY more attention to other pickers.”

“There are good teachers, and good players. Dave is rare in that he does both well. He understands the struggles new pickers face. Dave's friendly and genuine demeanor is welcoming and makes people feel at ease and ready to dive in.”

“It was my introduction to really learning how to play in a group. I enjoyed it tremendously. Great teachers and even got to sing several songs.”


Questions concerning accommodations, logistics, location, and registration should be referred to the Museum itself. Museum website.

Regarding the camp, first visit our FAQ section. If you still have questions feel free to email Dave at [email protected].


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