Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by John Bishop using the Wernick Method*
Sundays, Sep 21-Nov 16 (ex. 10/26, 11/2) 2-5pm
7 sessions, tuition $195
Mt Holly, NC   Mt Holly Municipal Complex
John Bishop developed a passion for playing guitar and jamming as a teenager. Now, he enjoys sharing his passion by teaching others to play guitar, Dobro, fiddle, mandolin, or bass in private lessons and jam sessions. He gets personal satisfaction seeing others jam for the first time and experience the fun of playing music with others. John has played with many bands at Bluegrass and Fiddle Festivals in the greater Charlotte area, and has won awards for Dobro in individual and band competition. He is a true believer in the Wernick Method.
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John's students say:

"I was a bit shy and reluctant at first...but now I see how singing helps me to hear chord changes and figure out how to play better backup and try some leads."

"John helped me a great deal, showing how the Number System of reading music works, and that opens up a whole new world of music to me. He encouraged me and let me discover things at my pace."

"John is a patient and diligent teacher who works especially well with beginners."

"I am excited to learn the basic chords on my fiddle and use them in the songs I know. The simple rhythm patterns work well for the songs I can play."

Sign up now and we'll send you full information preparing you for the class and the world of jamming!
$50 payment holds your spot! ($145 balance due at the 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.

  • 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.