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Pete Wernick Announces 2011 Jam Camps and Classes

By Mandolin Cafe
January 3, 2011 - 10:00 pm

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Peter Wernick

Peter Wernick

Niwot, Colo. — Pete Wernick ("Dr. Banjo") has announced the schedule for his renowned Bluegrass Jam Camps and new Wernick Certified Method Bluegrass Jam Classes for 2011.

Jam Camps and Classes are geared to "closet pickers" of all bluegrass instruments.

"Many people want to start playing bluegrass, but they don't realize how easy it can be," says Wernick. "It's available for anyone, 8 to 88. They just need a little help.

We have 15 Wernick Certified Teachers now, 9 with scheduled classes and we'll be scheduling more in the near future. We are thrilled that the 8-session class starting in Buffalo, Wyoming next weekend is a sellout at 24 students. Buffalo's not exactly a high-density area, so there's hope for other places too."

Pete and his wife Joan or one of several Wernick Certified Instructors will show inexperienced players how to fit into bluegrass jam sessions and develop confidence in making music together.

Each class or camp is a multi-day musical immersion, with hands-on instruction as students play in small groups. Participants are required only to be able to change smoothly between a few simple chords. A recent camper reports, "One of the best experiences in or out of music I have ever had!"

Peter Wernick's Bluegrass Jam Camps
April 1-3 - Boulder, CO, Basic Bluegrass Jam Camp
April 15-17 - Loveland, CO, Jam and Band Skills Camp for Intermediates, at Sylvan Dale Ranch
April 25-28 - MerleFest, NC, Basic/Intermediate Jam Camp
May 10-12 - Gettysburg, PA, Bluegrass Jam Camp
June 20-23 - Owensboro, KY, Bluegrass Jam Camp

Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam Classes
January 8-29 - Saturdays, Noon-4 p.m., Elizabethtown, PA with Patsy Kline
January 9 - February 27 - Sundays, 1-4 p.m., Buffalo, WY with Lynn Young
January 11 - March 1 - Tuesdays, 7-9:30 p.m., Spartanburg, SC with Gilbert Nelson
January 13 - March 3 - Thursdays, 7-9:30 p.m., Little Silver, NJ with Heidi Olsen
February 7-28 - Sundays, 1-5 p.m., Galax, VA with Scott Freeman
February 27 - March 20 - Sundays, 2-5 p.m., Grand Junction, CO with Guy Stephens
March 6 - April 10 - Sundays, 3-5:30 p.m., Cambridge, MA with Tony Watt
March 12 - April 9 - Saturdays, 9am-2 p.m., Phoenix, AZ with Mark Miracle
Spring 2011 - Sundays TBA, Potomac, MD with Ira Gitlin
April 30 - May 2 - Weekend, Golden Beach, QLD, Australia with Greg McGrath

For more information about any of the camps, including confirmations and additions, visit


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