Taught by Larry Kernagis Using the Wernick Method*
June 5-7 (rescheduled from May 15-17, 2020)
Friday 6-9PM; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-2pm
Monteagle, TN at the DuBose Conference Center
635 College St. Monteagle TN 37366
(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).
- Dates shown for this and all WM classes through June 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:
- The camp will be entirely outdoors in a comfortably shaded area. (The latest data-based science makes it clear: Outdoors with spacing is by far the safest!)
- 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!
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.
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.
- 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].