Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by John Karsemeyer using the Wernick Method*
Saturdays, Oct 4-25 1-4pm
4 sessions, tuition $120
Glen Ellen, CA   Private residence
John Karsemeyer has been actively participating in bluegrass jams all over California for twenty years. He plays and teaches guitar, banjo, fiddle, and mandolin, both privately and through the Sonoma Valley Adult School . His stints with bluegrass bands in the San Francisco Bay Area have included The Valley of the Moonshiners, Meadow Muffin, The Hicktones, and currently the Sonoma Mountain Band, which he founded. He is a member of the California Bluegrass Association, and currently is a “Welcome Columnist” for their publication
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John's students say:

"John’s lessons were understandable, clear, logical, and well organized."

"The nature of the classes was fun and personable. I just wish there were more of them."

"John was very knowledgeable, and very helpful to help me master the musical material."

"The jamming in the classes gave me the confidence to go out and find jams in my community and at festivals."

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$50 payment holds your spot! ($70 balance due at the class)

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All registrants receive a coupon code for $10 off any Jam DVD!

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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.