Practice jamming at home!

17 songs, just 4 chords and SLOW tempos. This DVD will help you prepare for your first jam class.


Bluegrass Jam Camp

June 1-4, 2020 • Boomer NC • Camp Harrison
Rescheduled from April 20-24

This camp has been canceled.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 camp!

taught by Gilbert Nelson

assisted by Dee Rosser & Leigh Nelson using the Wernick Method*

Camp Status Update

Boomer Jam Camp is confirmed as planned. We will be a small group and spread between the several buildings at Camp Harrison. As usual when weather permits, we'll be outdoors much of the time. Everyone will be on their best hygiene behavior and we will be very active in hand washing and other strategies. Anyone who feels even slightly unwell of course will need to stay home.

Otherwise please sign up and join us. We’re gauging things as they unfold and we’ll adjust as necessary according to authorities, but for now . . . Prepare for fun!

Have questions? Contact Gilbert at: [email protected]

** A Special Two-Track Camp This Year!

Due to the cancellation of this year's annual Intermediate/Advanced Bluegrass Camp at Boomer, this year's Jam Camp has been expanded in scope to accommodate students from that camp. This year, this Jam Camp will have two tracks: one for entry level and one for intermediate/advanced students. Basic students will get the full Wernick Method curriculum as originally planned. The Advanced section will launch into new and exciting challenges designed to deepen your understanding and improve your jam skills. We’ll introduce new insights and dynamics that make for better jamming.

Monday - Thursday at the beautiful and spacious grounds of the Camp Harrison YMCA at Herring Ridge, 10 miles outside of Wilkesboro, NC. Lodging and meal packages available directly from Camp Harrison. See the Onsite accommodations and meal info.

  • Due to health concerns, the dates shown for this and all WM classes are considered "tentative" -- hoped-for but subject to change.
  • We welcome you to register and promptly receive 18 pages of useful student materials, with access to video playlist of 116 jam favorites and great ways to work on jam skills!
  • If dates of this class change, we will promptly update this page and notify all registrants.
  • Deposits fully refundable on request until 7 days pre-class -- a change from our usual policy.
  • Watch our class listing, always updated, and go here to be notified of future classes.

Safety precautions to be taken at this class:

  • Safe 6' distancing at all times
  • Temperature screening of all participants upon arrival, followed by all washing hands
  • Prior disinfecting of common surfaces (doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, etc.)
  • Student materials (all paper) will not touched, except by just-washed hands, for at least 24 hours before distribution.
  • Anything handed from one participant to another (such as a borrowed tuner or capo) will be disinfected before transfer.
  • With these measures taken, we expect that all can relax and enjoy the class!

Total tuition $425

  • includes lunches, snacks, and Camp Harrison student fee
  • other meals and on-site bunkhouse or tenting or RV accommodations are arranged directly with Camp Harrison
  • Pricing for meals/accommodations

Camp will run Monday-Thursday 9:15am-5:00 daily.

Closet pickers, this is for you!

All bluegrass instruments welcome
No jamming experience necessary
You will be jamming the first morning!
Encouraging teaching by Gilbert + Leigh Nelson

All registrants receive a coupon code for $10 off any Jam DVD!
Other Classes FAQs

How you qualify

It's easier than you may think!

If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or resonator guitar you can be part of a bluegrass jam.

Only requirements: You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. Fast playing is not expected, nor is the ability to solo required.

Comments from Gilbert's students

“Gilbert and Leigh, you have empowered me this weekend... I’ll have you to thank the rest of my life.”

“I highly recommend the class and would do it again in a heart beat.”

“I wish I had met Gilbert years ago!”

“Thanks for the help and confidence I received, letting me feel I could do this.”

“He made everyone feel welcome and important to the success of the group.”

“Why didn't someone explain these things to me before?”

“I can count on one hand the master teachers I’ve known and Gilbert is one of them.”

“Gilbert, you have an uncanny way of blindfolding my musical presuppositions . . .you always find ways to help me ‘get it’.”


Visit our FAQ section. If you still have questions feel free to email us at [email protected].


Wernick Method Classes teach real bluegrass jamming!

  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups
  • Learn many bluegrass standards
  • Gentle tempos! Mistakes expected!
  • Full ground rules and etiquette of typical jams
  • How to lead songs and how to follow new songs
  • How to find melodies, fake solos, sing harmony
  • Ear skills taught and emphasized, as in real bluegrass
  • Reading skills not needed or used
  • Group and individualized instruction on backup skills
  • Understanding, low-pressure, time-tested teaching
Pete Wernick ("Dr. Banjo", originator of Banjo Camps and Bluegrass Jam Camps) has created a method based on his years of experience teaching jamming.

Wernick Method teachers are certified by Pete based on knowledge of bluegrass, teaching ability, and proper use of the Wernick Method.