Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by Joff Lowson using the Wernick Method*
Saturday-Sunday, Jun 15-16
at the Tamworth Bluegrass Festival
Tamworth, Staffs, UK   •   9:30am-12:30pm both days
£15 in advance   •  £20 on site   •  £10 single session
(festival admission also required)
Joff Lowson began playing guitar and both frailing and Scruggs style banjo at an early age. He played with top UK bluegrass act the Jalapeño Pickers, and with the Highfield Boys won 'Best Band' prize at Leeds Country Music Festival. He has performed on national radio in the UK and Holland and toured Scotland, Ireland, Germany, Holland, and France. Joff currently teaches banjo, guitar, mandolin and songwriting and performs with the UK's top Old-Time band the Buffalo Gals.
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Joff's students say:

"Joff is good company, encouraging and a very patient and intuitive teacher. He sets targets for learning at a very achievable pace whilst being both challenging and rewarding."

"A highly talented and knowledgeable musician. He can impart information very clearly and effectively. Lessons are enjoyable, and conducted in a relaxed, friendly, non-intimidating style."

"Joff has a refreshing approach to teaching. Lessons are fun, inspiring and Joff is really patient."

"Joff is very good at teaching theory through actual melodies, combining the foundations with exciting new songs. He has an extensive knowledge of picking styles, and clearly and patiently explains these during lessons."


Sign up now and we'll send you full information preparing you for the class and the world of jamming!
£15 in advance (festival admission also required)

Main instrument

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.


Or pay at the festival with check or cash!


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

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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.

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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