Taught by Gilles Rézard Using the Wernick Method*

February 22-23, 2020

Saturday 10am-5pm; Sunday 9:30am-3pm

Azé (71960) – France – Gîte du Cèdre

Meals and lodging not included; please contact Gilles for information.

Tuition: €120
(€100 in advance)

To register for this camp, email Gilles Rézard.

Gilles Rézard discovered bluegrass music at 16. He started learning guitar, then fell in love with the banjo. He has recorded and performed internationally with several bands, and made a solo CD, “Wood, Metal and Skin”. He now works full-time as a musician and teacher, in Igé, Burgundy and performs with Saga-Trio and Banjomaniacs. Gilles has taught hundreds of students (on banjo, guitar and mandolin) in 40 music camps in 15 years. To improve connections between French bluegrass musicians, he has created a map locating all who register by emailing him.

Gilles’s students say:

“Gilles is a very good teacher, within reach and tuned to the students. He is very friendly and welcoming.”

“Thanks to Gilles I discovered the happiness of jamming.”

“Great teaching and attentive to each detail.”

“Relaxation, method, friendship, cordiality, theory, practice, serenity … it looks like happiness … Thanks to Gilles for all this!”

“The atmosphere was wonderful. The slow jam work benefits everyone (from beginner to advanced). Gilles demonstrates a great pedagogy [teaching method]. He is attentive to everyone.”

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*Wernick Method Classes teach real bluegrass jamming!

  • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • No jamming experience necessary
  • You will be jamming the first class!
  • Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
  • Gentle tempos! Mistakes expected!
  • Music reading not needed or used
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
  • Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.
  • Understanding, low-pressure, time-tested teaching
  • Intermediates welcome, and given added challenges
  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups
  • Learn many bluegrass standards
  • 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
  • Group and individualized instruction on backup skills

Do you qualify? It’s easier than you may think!

If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro… 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. (Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords)

For more info or to send payment in the mail, email [email protected].