Wernick Method Jam Classes taught by Jim Penson

So, you're not exactly new to the instrument, you can play some chords, rolls, or strum a bit, and you'd like to start jamming with others?

"Dr. Banjo" is Pete Wernick, the originator of Banjo Camps and Bluegrass Jam Camps, and creator of many bestselling bluegrass books and videos. Along with performing nationwide/worldwide with Hot Rize and others, he is dedicated to helping people learn the joys of playing bluegrass.

What is the Wernick Method?

  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups
  • Learn many bluegrass standards
  • Full ground rules and etiquette of typical jams
  • How to find melodies, fake solos, carry a tune, sing harmony
  • Tab/note reading skills not needed or used
  • Understanding, low-pressure, time-tested teaching!
  • Only four chords needed, G, C, D, and A.
  • Gentle tempos! Mistakes expected
  • How to lead songs and how to follow new songs
  • Ear skills taught and emphasized, as in real bluegrass
  • Group and individualized instruction on backup skills

About Jim

Jim Penson has played in many Texas bluegrass bands including the Front Porch Boys, and currently plays with DeAnn Spence and Full House. A luthier who repairs and restores banjos, guitars, and mandolins, Jim also teaches banjo, mandolin, and guitar, helping students trust their ears rather than read from tablature. His classes quickly get people jamming with ease, even those with limited instrumental skills.


How do I find out more?

Jim hosts 3 or 4 classes a year. Select this link to find out if he has an upcoming class scheduled.  For more info, contact Jim at jim@pensonstringwerks.com or Rick Saenz at Rick@drbanjo.com.

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