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 Larry Kernagis using the Wernick Method*

Maggie Valley NC, Oct 10-12
at Smokey Shadows Lodge

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

Tuition $225 ($25 discount for returning students)

The lodge has 11 rooms available on a first-come first-served basis, plus a few out cabins. Room cost is $100/ night. Once you have signed up for the camp, please contact the lodge at 828 926 0001 to reserve a room. Note that Monday is Columbus Day, so you may wish to reserve Sunday night as well.

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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! ($175 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.

Closet pickers, this is for you!

All bluegrass instruments welcome
No jamming experience necessary
You will be jamming the first morning!
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 Larry's students

“Larry was an excellent instructor. Patient and kind, he brought the music to life and gave me the tools to do the same.”

“When I was young I was a classically trained violinist, but Larry taught me to play music with the other half of my brain...It's been a great experience.”

“I really feel like I improved and am now able to jam with almost anyone.”

“Larry encouraged us to try and get beyond our fears and try different things. He is very patient.”

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.