Bluegrass Jamming Camp
Taught by Maggie Bilby using the Wernick Method*
Fri-Sun, Oct 17-19 • Fri 3-8, Sat 9:30-6, Sun 10-3:30
Tuition $195
Early Signup Discount: $20 until Sep 1!
Grand Rapids, MI  
Country Inn & Suites (Deposit Drive)
Maggie Bilby has been singing and playing bluegrass music for over 30 years, on banjo, guitar, reso guitar and bass. She’s performed with Old South, Dry County Pickers, many impromptu bands, and in the play “Cotton Patch Gospel”. She and her husband have conducted jam workshops for the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Music Assn.’s festivals and assisted at one for the West Michigan Bluegrass Music Assn. She says, “Bluegrass music has been a LARGE part of my life and continues to excite, stretch and interest me!”
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Maggie's students say:

"She has been very helpful and polite, always positive, an excellent Bluegrass instructor for the beginner. She always has good advice and friendly encouragement."

"Maggie has a very good voice that projects well, she is clear in her explanations and she has a way of working that encourages questions and allows them to be asked without any feeling of embarrassment."

"Many instructors forget what it was like when they were learning. Your teaching was exactly what I had been looking for. I am forever thankful for your patience and instruction."

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$50 payment by Sep 1 gets the discount!

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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.