Jamcamps Australia Launches Facebook Page

At the last jam camp in Forrest Victoria (May 2014) many students suggested that we host a facebook page where people can post photos and comments to, from the Jamcamp.facebook

We launched that Facebook site last month and it is starting to gain traction.

Be sure to check it out.

2,500th Students for Wernick Method.

News from the Pete Wernick Jampire is that they have signed up their 2,500th student this week. Our 2014 Forrest Jamcamp took the honours.

…another major milestone, we signed up our 2500th student this week. Honors go to Greg McGrath (Caloundra, QLD, Australia), and his ninth signup. Momentum grew steadily during our first three years–it took us a full year to enroll 500 students (January 2012), nine more months to reach 1000 (October 2012), seven months to reach 1500 (May 2013), and five months to hit 2000 (October 2013). Since then we’ve sustained that rate, signing up another 500 in the past five months. That’s a number we’re proud to mention, showing the world our reach is wide and growing – Rick Saenz, Office Manager, Wernick Bluegrass Music Method.

2014 Forrest Jamcamp

Forrest JamcampThe first jamcamp for 2014 is planned for Forrest in Victoria. Nestled in the heart of the Otway Ranges, Forrest has become one of the best holiday destinations in the Hinterland of the Great Ocean Road area.

The 2014 Forrest Jamcamp will run from Friday 16th May to Sunday 18th May.

The $350.00 registration fee covers all tuition, handouts, accommodation and meals.

What can you expect from a Wernick Method Jamcamp?

  • 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 emphasised, as in real bluegrass
  • Group and individualised instruction on backup skills

Reserve your place now with a $100.00 deposit.

2013 Manjimup Jamcamp

2013 Manjimup JamcampThe 2013 Western Australian Jamcamp was held at delightful Wilgurup Lodge in Manjimup on 1st to 3rd June.

20 jamcampers registered for the intensive three-day weekend starting with breakfast each day at 7:30am and formal tuition at 9:00am.  Thanks to our wonderful hosts Lyn and Bruce at Wilgarup Lodge for a great weekend.

Mary Nixon, from the Manjimup Arts Council, was the local jamcamp organiser and she had done an amazing job in publicising the camp and filling places. The majority of attendees came from the local south-west region while others travelled from across Western Australia, Adelaide and Melbourne.

Each day commenced with large group instruction and jamming while the afternoons saw the camp break up into three smaller groups to spend the afternoon putting their new-found skills to practice

The evenings saw visitors come in from the local town area for dinner and to jam through until around 9:00pm on Saturday and Sunday night. Some stayed on until late.

The following photo stream was provided by David Rankin a 2013 Manjimup Jamcamper.

Manjimup Sell Out

Jamcamps Australia’s first West Australian jam camp is a sell out. There has been 20 registrations received over the course of the past three months.

Warren Arts Council is hosting the three-day camp and have done a fabulous job of promoting the event thorough out the region. Registrations have been received from the broader south-west Western Australia.

The camp is residential style camp and is being held at the Wilgarup Lodge in Manjimup and hosted by the Warren Arts Council.


2013 Gembrook Jamcamp

Gembrook 2013Last week saw us complete another jam camp in Gembrook. This is the second camp we have run in this location and is was a great weekend for me and the feedback to date suggests it was a winner with the jam campers as well.

I arrived on Friday evening to find that Victoria has experienced some long periods of continuous heat with temperatures sitting well over 35 degrees for several days. Fortunately our choice of venue was air-conditioned.

We had a total of 18 jam-campers including three instructors Carolyne, Max and me. The biggest and certainly most satisfying thing about these jam camps for me, is to watch the levels of confidence and playing ability develop in each of our jam campers over the course of the three days of tuition. People who would have otherwise continued to play in the closet just opened up and shone as “jam-stars” as the camp progressed. A very satisfying process to watch.

I would encourage anyone who has the wish to play along with others, join in a jam session or simply improve their level of confidence when playing with others to come to one of our camps. They work.

Thanks to Carolyn and Max for their support and help over the three days. I do hope the Victorian weather improves and the threat of further bush fires and high temperatures abate in the near future.

Thanks to all of our jam-campers, those who attended their first camp and those who returned for their second camp. John, Joe, Mary, Brent, Joanne, Shirley, George, Alan, Duncan, Theo, Shane, John, Gilly, Ted, Mark, Carolyn and Max thanks for your attendance, participation, support and encouragement. We will try to return in 2014.

Thanks must also go to our fabulous hosts Anthony and Karen Hall at Stringybark Lodge in Gembrook for a wonderful weekend. The food was great as was your wonderful hospitality, many thanks to you and your team.

Keep on picking, and get out there and meet other players. Start a regular jam session. Put an advertisement in the local paper, a poster on the local community notice board. Invite others over for a jam – long live bluegrass music.

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