Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by Mark Sunderwirth using the Wernick Method*
Sundays, Nov 2-Dec 7 1-4pm
5 sessions, tuition $195
New York City, NY   Opera America
Mark Sunderwirth has played music for the past 20 years starting with the Brooklyn-based BTF and recently the Sue Batkin Band. Mark began teaching 10 years ago, introducing both kids and adults to the joys of playing bluegrass and jamming together. Mark’s entertaining and informative style of teaching stresses fun, success, and growth.
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Mark's students say:

"Mark’s patience and expertise really helped me make the leap from playing alone to playing with someone else. We started playing together from our first lesson."

"Just a darn good teacher! I’ve learned a lot!"

"Mark’s classes are always well thought out and organized. I’ve had more than a few confusing music teachers in the past. He made it so easy to understand. I wish I had started with him years ago!"

"Mark is just a warm and kind teacher. He’s non-judgmental and encouraging. He makes it safe to reach and stretch yourself. I never worried about making mistakes or sounding like a beginner."

"I really enjoy Mark’s teaching style. His enthusiasm is infectious, we always have a lot of fun. He can be pretty funny, and that actually seems to make it easier to learn!"


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$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!

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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)

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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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