Taught by Larry Kernagis Using the Wernick Method*

May 15-17 (rescheduled from April 3-5, 2020)

Friday 6-9PM; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-2pm

Monteagle, TN at the DuBose Conference Center

635 College St. Monteagle TN 37366

Tuition: $260

(includes Saturday breakfast & lunch)

$25 discount for returning Wernick Method students!

Reserve your room as soon as you register for the camp by contacting Stephanie at 931-924-2353 for special camp discount (use code BJC).

  • Due to health concerns, the dates shown for this and all WM classes through April are considered “tentative” — hoped-for but subject to change.
  • We welcome you to register, whereupon you’ll promptly receive a welcome email with 18 pages of student materials attached, including links to playlists of over 100 jam favorites, and plenty of good suggestions to keep you busy working on jam skills!
  • If the dates listed here for this class are changed, we will promptly update this page and notify all registrants.
  • Deposits paid while this notice is in place and class dates are listed as tentative will be fully refundable on request — a change from our usual policy.
  • A general review at the end of March may result in further clarifications, so please check back March 31!

Larry Kernagis was raised during the folk revival era of the 60s, cutting his chops on Flatt & Scruggs and the Kingston Trio. Eventually, he became a banjo instructor at the famed Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Larry has led Bluegrass jams at festivals across the country for the past 30 years. He now employs his banjo, guitar and vocal skills entertaining with “greengrass” Celtic group Def Leprechaun.

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Larry’s students say:

“Larry was an excellent instructor. Patient and kind, he brought the music to life and gave me the tools to do the same.”

“Larry encouraged us to try and get beyond our fears and try different things. He is very patient.”

“When I was young I was a classically trained violinist, but Larry taught me to play music with the other half of my brain…It’s been a great experience.”

“I really feel like I improved and am now able to jam with almost anyone.”

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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].