Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a Pete Wernick Method Camp?
Pete Wernick (aka Dr. Banjo) has developed a highly successful method of teaching bluegrass jamming to players of all levels. That program is now available in Australia.
How much does it cost?
The total cost of each camp varies depending on the camp location, type of accommodation and meals provided by the host venue. The cost of the tuition is generally no more than around $100 per person for three days. In addition to this cost is accommodation and meal costs.
What’s included in the price?
The cost is all-inclusive and covers meals, accommodation, all tuition and handout materials.
Where students elect to provide their own accommodation the fee still includes all meals, tuition and handout materials.
Who Is Pete Wernick?
Pete Wernick is renowned worldwide for his accomplishments and contributions to bluegrass music including:
- the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize
- respected and published author and teacher, songwriter
- long-term President of the International Bluegrass Music Association and
- The developer of the Pete Wernick Instruction Method
How much individual instruction will I receive?
This will be a jam-camp to help people who are just getting into jamming or want to. They tend to be pretty inexperienced players, though there is definitely a spread in personal skill levels. Sometimes more experienced people may come along, and I do what I can to give pointers and otherwise help them progress as well.
The teaching doesn’t focus much on banjo or guitar skills, or on any one instrument, though good instrumental work is an important goal.
Often I will concentrate on keeping the groove, getting good tone, and playing with sensitivity to the group’s sound. So we do teach general musicianship. We will also cover the rudiments of basic soloing, and we also teach you to find melodies by ear on your instruments.
Are friends and family allowed at camp sessions?
As far as the daytime sessions go, these sessions are strictly for students only. Many students are playing before others for the first time.
However there is no problem with you having visitors during the after-hours jamming.
What do you need to be a jam-camper?
- You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and
- Be able to change smoothly between G, C, D, and A
- Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords.
A full list of requirements can be found on our Jam Skills Check List page.
All bluegrass instruments and all skill levels are welcome.
Jam Camps Australia
PO Box 6280
Mooloolah Valey Qld 4553