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The Wernick Method of Teaching

The Wernick Method was developed by Pete Wernick and involves a program of teaching that involves the participation of beginners and those new to jamming 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

All of the above 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 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.


About Wernick Method Instructors:

Pete Wernick has certified a number of teachers globally to help spread the word and take his proven methods to beginners around the world.

In Australia we have taken up this offer and AustralianBluegrass 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 

All bluegrass instruments and all skill levels are welcome.

Contact Us

Jam Camps Australia
PO Box 6280
Mooloolah Valey Qld 4553

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Int: 61-429 062 589
Aust: 0429 062 589

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