Pete Wernick

aka “Dr. Banjo”

Pete Wernick is renowned worldwide for his contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize, respected author and teacher, songwriter, and long-term President of the International Bluegrass Music Association. Read More…

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Latest from the Blog

Pete reflects on recent podcasts


I was honored to be featured in two podcasts in the spring of 2021 and I’m pleased with how they turned out. In April, Bluegrass Unlimited’s podcast featured me as part of their... Read More

Pete remembers Tony Rice


The death of Tony Rice on 25 December 2020 was a huge loss for the music world. I feel very fortunate to have known Tony and to have performed with him several memorable... Read More

Join Pete for his camps in 2021!


We have all struggled to keep music going during the past year. Some have managed outdoor jams, online jams with JamKazam, and even playing along with jam videos. But the in-person experience of... Read More

Stage fright and playing under pressure


This article is a transcription of a talk at Pete’s Banjo Camp, Boulder, CO. Transcribed and edited by Don Nitchie, originally published in Banjo Newsletter. First let’s not have any illusions that I’m... Read More