Bluegrass Jamming Class

Taught by Gilbert Nelson using the Wernick Method*

Sundays, 1-6pm - June 5-26

4 sessions, tuition $195

Williamston, SC (Greenville)
Jack's Pickin Parlor


Gilbert Nelson is a veteran musician and teacher in Spartanburg, SC who leads two bands and teaches banjo and guitar at Blvd Music Store in Boiling Springs, SC. His friendly, outgoing spirit helps beginners gain confidence as they learn.

"I highly recommend the class and would do it again in a heart beat."

"I wish I had met Gilbert years ago!"

"Thanks for the help and confidence I received, letting me feel I could do this."

" He made everyone feel welcome and important to the success of the group."

"Why didn't someone explain these things to me before?"


Sign up now and we'll send a full information packet
preparing you for the class and the world of jamming!

$50 deposit holds your spot! ($145 balance due by May 30)

Once you've paid, 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 more than one month in advance.


  • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • No jamming experience necessary
  • You will be jamming the first class!
  • Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
  • Mistakes allowed!
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Easy 2 and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
  • Soloing not required! "Faking" solos taught.

Do you qualify? It's easier than you may think!
If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro... 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. (Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords)

For more info or to send payment in the mail,
email [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.

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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