• New in Print - JAM Songbook by Pete Wernick and Liam Purcell

    JAM Songbook by Pete Wernick and Liam Purcell

    Pete Wernick's Wernick Method for learning bluegrass jamming and the Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. (JAM) have announced the publication of the JAM Songbook, by Pete Wernick and Liam Purcell.

    JAM is an after-school traditional music education program in the mountainous regions of North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia designed for at risk children. Since its inception more than 40 programs are reaching over 1,500 kids each year with old time and bluegrass music.

    JAM and The Wernick Method developed the songbook for JAM teachers and students, including contributions from co-author Liam Purcell who started in the JAM program at age 6 and now teaches the course.

    About the new book and Wernick Method, co-author Pete Wernick said, "First learn a few chords, the learn to jam! Playing rhythm behind singing is a great way to get started with music. That's what this songbook is for. Jamming is fun and fundamental. Once you know a song well enough to sing and play it changing chords with basic rhythm, you can lead in a bluegrass or old-time jam session."

    Book employs the standard, accessible numbering system for chord names, allowing the best access to a variety of keys for singers and accompanists. 46 pages, saddle stitched.

    About the Book

    • 39 bluegrass/old-time standards
    • 2- and 3-chord songs playable in any key
    • YouTube Playlist
    • Words and chords in LARGE print
    • Number system shown and used; with guidance for choosing best key
    • Instruction on learning songs, leading songs, faking solos, finding melodies
    • Chord diagrams for guitar, banjo, mandolin; positions for fiddle, bass

    Song List

    • All The Good Times are Past and Gone
    • Amazing Grace
    • Angeline the Baker
    • Bile Them Cabbage Down
    • Buffalo Gals
    • Bury Me Beneath the Willow
    • Cindy
    • Cluck Old Hen
    • Columbus Stockade Blues
    • The Crawdad Song
    • Cripple Creek
    • Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
    • Handsome Molly
    • Hot Corn Cold Corn
    • I Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow
    • Jingle Bells
    • John Henry
    • Little Liza Jane
    • Little Maggie
    • Lonesome Road Blues
    • Mama Don't Allow
    • Mole In The Ground
    • My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
    • New River Train
    • Nine Pound Hammer
    • Old Joe Clark
    • Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
    • Shady Grove
    • She'll Be Coming Round The Mountain
    • Shortening Bread
    • Sitting On Top Of The World
    • Soldier's Joy
    • Take This Hammer
    • This Land Is Your Land
    • Tom Dooley
    • Two Dollar Bill
    • Wabash Cannonball
    • Will The Circle Be Unbroken
    • Worried Man Blues

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