The Wernick Method was developed by Pete Wernick and involves a program of teaching beginners that involves their participation in group music playing.
The program includes:
- Interactive learning in large and small groups
- Playing and jamming on many bluegrass standards
- An overview of the rules and etiquette that makes for a positive jamming experience
- How to find melodies, fake solos, carry a tune, sing harmony
- How to lead songs and how to follow new songs
- Ear skills taught and emphasized, as in real bluegrass
- Understanding, low-pressure, time-tested teaching
- Group and individualized instruction on backup skills
This is delivered in an atmosphere of encouragement and understanding with slow tempos. We expect there will be mistakes, they are accepted and worked through.
What are some of the most fun things about playing?
- Learning to make sounds that emulate your favorite musicians
- Playing with other musicians and having it sound good
- Being able to play favorite songs
What might inspire students to practice more?
- The prospect of playing with challenging musicians in the near future
- Having just heard someone playing very well
- Being hooked on some music you just want to hear yourself play
Pete Wernick has certified a number of teachers to help spread the word and take his proven methods to beginners around the world. In Australia we have taken up this offer and Australian Bluegrass Blog editor, Greg McGrath has become Australia’s first Wernick-Certified instructor. The first jam camp was held in May 2011 at Golden Beach on the Sunshine Coast Queensland. Read more about the first camp here.
If you’d like help us arrange a jam camp in your region or want more information please email us below: