Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by Pete Mirando using the Wernick Method*
Saturdays, Oct 11-Nov 29 1-3:30pm
8 sessions, tuition $200
Hamburg, NY   Hamburg Music Center
Pete Mirando has been a musician for over 45 years, playing 5-string and plectrum banjo, mandolin, hammered dulcimer and acoustic guitar, for which he has given private lessons since 1974. His banjo class for Hamburg Central Schools’ adult ed program was featured in a national publication and led to a Folk/Bluegrass Jamboree and an introductory instruction class in two local school systems. Pete has played in bluegrass bands for years and now leads the Sunset Bluegrass Band. He also plays with the Buffalo Banjo Band and the Niagara Frontier Fiddle Club, and is the owner and operator of Southtowns Banjo.
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Pete's students say:

"Pete is welcoming to all players - banjo, guitar, mandolin, etc. The sessions are relaxed and fun. Pete encourages us to do whatever is comfortable and to take lead breaks as we are ready. I recommend him as a teacher."

"After many years of playing guitar on my own, I joined Pete Mirando's Jam Class and I'm sure glad I did! Pete has a knack for leading groups of mixed abilities. In this fun, relaxed atmosphere, I have grown to love Bluegrass music and am now more confident to play out with other musicians!"

"Pete's love of bluegrass is infectious. He is a gifted teacher and musician who relates to students of all abilities. He makes our jam sessions not only fun, but educational too."

"A wonderful talented instructor. The pace was perfect for us beginners. His relaxed manner and his “you can do it” attitude was refreshing. We never felt intimidated to try something new, make a mistake, laugh and move on."


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$50 payment holds your spot! ($150 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.
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