Taught by John David Using the Wernick Method*


October 16-18, 2020 (previously scheduled for July 10-12, 2020)

Friday 7-9:30PM; Saturday 9am-5pm;
Sunday 10am-3:30pm

Glendale, CA at a private residence in the beautiful California foothills. Legendary Descanso Gardens, spectacular Angeles Crest Highway and National Forest, historic Montrose Shopping Park and Farmer’s Market, even JPL. It’s all right here!

Tuition: $250

$235 through Sept 16, 2020!

  • Dates shown for this and all WM classes are “tentative” — expected 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 camp:

  • All Wernick Method classes/camps will be conducted either outdoors or in very well-ventilated indoor spaces.
  • 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!

Lodging 3 miles from venue: La Crescenta Motel – Limited number of rooms, right in La Crescenta! Retro, quaint. Classic single level L-shape 1949 motel. Featured on penultimate episode of Mad Men.  Call (818) 248-1294 — $95. Check out these pictures!

John David is a master on banjo, mandolin, dobro, guitar, and harmonica. He also plays fiddle and bass. He toured with music luminaries the Limeliters, performed with Leon Redbone, and has recorded for many television shows, commercials, and movie soundtracks. John created two instructional videos, on banjo and mandolin, for the Warner Brothers “Ultimate Beginner” series. While the Denver Post describes him as a “guitarist’s guitarist”, John is also eager to help everyday people with the challenges of learning to jam.

John’s students say:

“The atmosphere at the jam workshop made everyone, beginners and experienced alike, feel welcome and comfortable.”

“John’s explanations are excellent and easy to follow.”

“He showed me simple ways to get around roadblocks that had frustrated me for a long time”

“John made me (and everyone) feel at ease, created a fun atmosphere.”

“He’s able to teach and play every instrument, never become annoyed and kept the excitement and energy going all weekend – superb! Organization, clarity, pacing (fast clip, but seemed to work for the group) kindness, this was the best it could have been”

“Each class just gets better and better. Keep doing what you’re doing!”

“Always a great time. Always look forward to the challenge.”

“Thanks for all the help, especially the suggestions on vocal improvement.”

“John gets better and better every time I take his class. He’s aware of how everybody in the class is doing and he’s very self-reflective about small things to add/change to improve the experience. I’m hooked.”

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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].