Bluegrass Jamming Class

Taught by Pete Wernick using the Wernick Method*

Friday-Sunday, July 1-3

at the Lighthouse Bluegrass Festival
Qualicum Bay, Vancouver Island BC (Canada)

Fri 3-5pm  •  Sat & Sun Noon-2pm  •  6 hours total instruction

$60 in advance  •  $65 on site  •  $25 single session

Pete Wernick is the originator of Banjo Camps and Bluegrass Jam Camps, and creator of many bestselling bluegrass books and videos. Along with performing nationwide/worldwide with Hot Rize and others, he is dedicated to helping people learn the joys of playing bluegrass.
Students at Pete's jam classes say:

"This was a fun time for me, and also time well spent."

"You have a way of making each student the most important person in the class at the time."

"You did an excellent job of creating a calm and relaxed atmosphere in a potentially nerve-fraying situation."

"I have been waiting to start playing real bluegrass with people for quite a while, and now I can."

"You said the first rung of the ladder is very close to the ground. Thanks for helping me to that first rung!"

"I learned a lot, and learned how to learn more."

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

$60 in advance

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

Practice jamming at home!

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