Pete Wernick Announces 2010 Bluegrass Jam Camps

By Team JamBase Jan 4, 2010 11:50 am PST


Pete Wernick
Pete Wernick (“Dr. Banjo”) will bring his renowned Bluegrass Jam Camps to several communities across the country in 2010. Jam Camp is 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.”

Pete and his wife Joan show inexperienced players how to fit into bluegrass jam sessions and develop confidence in making music together. Each camp (some of which precede bluegrass festivals) 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.

For intermediate players, Pete is also offering two intermediate level jam camp sessions this year. The first is an intermediate track as part of his North Carolina camp; and the second is a full-immersion intermediate/band skills camp in Loveland, Colorado. Topics covered include band dynamics and backup, ear skills, musicianship, harmony singing, practice techniques, performing skills, breakout sessions for instrument instruction, and more.

2010 Bluegrass Jam Camps
March 26-28 — Boulder, CO, at the Boulder Inn
April 16-18 — Loveland, CO, Intermediate/Band Skills Camp at Sylvan Dale Ranch
April 26-29 — Boomer, NC, preceding MerleFest, includes Intermediate Track
May 11-13 — Gettysburg, PA, preceding the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
June 28-30 – Owensboro, KY, at the International Bluegrass Museum (tentative)
July 12-15 — Oak Hill, NY, preceding the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (tentative)

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