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 John Holenko & Hazel Ketchum
using the Wernick Method *

Everson Ranch, Moffat CO, August 8-9 2017
at the Rustic Roots campfire jamming camp

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

Class will meet 10am-3pm Tuesday and Wednesday

Tuition $95 ($85 until June 9)

Take the Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam Camp Tues./Wed. to warm up for the weekend jamming/campout at Rustic Roots (August 7-13, Mon/Sun.), or attend the first part of the Rustic Roots week (separate fee) and take the 2-day Wernick Method camp on those days. Many options for registration and family fun! Questions? Email: Wernick Method Rustic Roots


John Holenko and Hazel Ketchum own and run Charleston's popular folk music school Hungry Monk Music -- a place to gather with friends and be encouraged to explore a lifelong love of music. The pair teach Bluegrass, Irish music, singing, songwriting, guitar, mandolin and folk dance forms at camps in Charleston, Boston and Maine. Hazel and John play in numerous bands and perform and record with their own band The Hungry Monks. John has published several books with Mel Bay and Hazel has created recordings for children. Hazel also teaches music at The Cooper School and Oak Grove Montessori in Charleston.

Email John & Hazel

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! ($35 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 students of John & Hazel

"Hazel and John are approachable and supportive teachers for all levels of students, particularly beginners. They have an easy going nature which helps break down barriers. Their love for the music and desire to teach comes through in everything they do."

"We look forward to the jam sessions with Hazel and John all month! Both are incredibly patient, knowledgeable, and encouraging. I wish I had learned to play music like this."

"I have a blast playing guitar and singing with John and Hazel. With John's patience and instruction and Hazel's skill as a voice coach, I feel like I have a couple of great jam coaches."

"No matter your age or skill level John and Hazel encourage, gently guide, and find the joy in making music."

"Playing with other musicians is so much more rewarding than playing alone, and John and Hazel are great at leading a group of players and helping new musicians get a feel for jamming."


Visit our FAQ section. If you still have questions feel free to email us 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
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.