Bluegrass Slow Jam for the Total Beginner
A super-easy, no-fail play-along session with Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick.
The one instruction resource that every new player needs… right along with his/her first instrument!
“If you’re a novice musician, this is the video for you.”
— Bluegrass Now
Anyone, with any instrument, can get into this bluegrass jam session, even if you’ve never tried it before. All you need are four basic chords (G, C, D and A) for the entire video! These are shown, with simple right hand rhythm instruction, for all six standard bluegrass instruments:
Banjo Guitar Mandolin Dobro (slide) guitar
Fiddle Bass (for fiddle and bass, single notes are shown)
This video will give you the practice and the confidence to join a real jam session. Pete makes it easy, giving instruction, encouragement and advice on what to do, and the ground rules of bluegrass jamming.
Learn 17 favorites often played at bluegrass jams everywhere. All are played at slow, easy tempos. Follow chord changes just as everyone does at real jam sessions, by watching guitar chords — enlarged on screen for easy viewing (see video preview).
- Bile Them Cabbage Down
- My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
- John Henry
- Pretty Fair Maid
- Little Birdie
- Shady Grove
- Darling Corey
- Roll in my Sweet Baby’s Arms
- Saints Go Marching In
- Coming ‘Round the Mountain (Medley)
- You Are My Sunshine
- I’ll Fly Away
- Nine Pound Hammer
- This Land is Your Land
- Amazing Grace
- Wabash Cannonball
- Will the Circle be Unbroken
- All videos include a printable booklet with words and chords to all songs and a full section of jamming ground rules and pointers. As you play along, follow the chords by watching an on-screen box with closeup of the guitarist’s left hand.
- All-star band: Pete and Nick Forster (Hot Rize), Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon), Ben Kaufmann (Yonder Mt. String Band), Sally Van Meter, Nancy Steinberger, and Joan Wernick.
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The Bluegrass Journal, by Matthew F. Merta
Slow Jam for the Total Beginner
People, it doesn’t get much easier than this when it comes to practicing at home. “Dr. Banjo” Pete Wernick slows it down even further than his successful Bluegrass Jamming video so that anyone with an acoustic instrument (even the most novice player) can get comfortable performing with other musicians.
With the help of Colorado bluegrass musicians such as Nick Forster, Sally Van Meter, Drew Emmitt and others, this video covers nearly two hours worth of folk and bluegrass standards familiar to almost anyone. Wernick has chosen to keep these interactive performances to their simplest form by sticking with four common music chords (G, C, D and A), and eliminating solo breaks on most of the songs.
Along with the 17 play-along songs, there are also jamming tips presented between songs. Wernick is a great motivator to get people started playing musical instruments, and his laid-back yet factual presentation shows that he is probably the best at this position. A great addition to this edition is the simultaneous viewing of the guitar player’s fretting hand so that the student can be familiar with chord changes. Wernick also varies up the overall performance by having everyone at the session perform vocally. While the vocal skills vary in quality, it does give off the message that at bluegrass and folk jam sessions such as this, one doesn’t have to be “professional” to have a good time performing.
Besides being a useful tool for the absolute beginner, this video has another useful purpose. Many musicians learn a second or third instrument to make themselves more versatile, especially when attempting to join a band. Since these are familiar songs, a guitarist attempting to learn banjo, mandolin, fiddle or whatever may find that he/she has an instant backing track to simple but complete songs to work on the new instrument.
Wernick has been a great ambassador of teaching bluegrass and folk music for a number of years, and this video helps to get his wonderful educational message out to more potential musicians who are not familiar with him. Bluegrass Slow Jam should be recommended to anyone learning a new acoustic instrument and wanting to see and hear how it is to work with other musicians before going “live”.
Pow’r Pickin’, by John J. Wood
Bluegrass Slow Jam for the Total Beginner
Intermediate Bluegrass Jam
Ah, the plight of the novice picker!
You’ve settled on your bluegrass instrument of choice. You sign up to take local lessons as you learn your instrument. You eventually approach a crossroad where you now desire to play with others, but you have no experience.
How does a novice picker interact with other players? How does one approach a bluegrass jam when you have never participated in one before? How does one learn to listen to others in a bluegrass jam?
While real life provides the ultimate experience, the novice picker can receive a significant head start by spending numerous quality hours with Pete Wernick and his bluegrass jam DVD series. In 2000, Wernick created Bluegrass Jamming: A Guide For Newcomers and Closet Pickers. Then, for pickers at both lower and higher levels, Dr. Banjo convened musicians to record two more instructional jam videos: Bluegrass Slow Jam For The Total Beginner and Intermediate Bluegrass Jamming.
Dr. Banjo makes your requirements very straightforward: If you can play the chords of D, G, C and A on your particular instrument, then you already meet the basic requirements. As a learning banjo player approaching the intermediate level, I found the Bluegrass Slow Jam For The Total Beginner a prime place to start. Once you have mastered that video, you can choose either Wernick’s original 2000 jam video or Intermediate Bluegrass Jamming.
Both videos place the viewer in the same room with Pete Wernick and the jam musicians: Drew Emmitt (mandolin; Leftover Salmon), Sally Van Meter (dobro), Nick Forster (guitar; Hot Rize), Ben Kaufmann (bass; Yonder Mountain String Band), Nancy Steinberger (fiddle) and Joan Wernick (guitar, vocals).
While it is easy to sit back and enjoy the music, the video is an interactive educational experience. The basic concept is to learn to play along with these musicians, and Wernick and company also offer numerous tips that prove valuable at bluegrass jam sessions: How to play with others who are at a higher level, how to find and develop your own voice and vocal range, how to create vocal harmonies, and how to anticipate chord changes and cues. Wernick also offers tips on practicing, setting goals for yourself, how to avoid bad habits, and introduces a variety of terms often used at picks.
In the video jam session, a separate window appears focusing on Forster’s left hand, helping you to keep on top of the song’s chord changes. At each player’s solo, the camera is focused on the particular musician. When it is your turn to solo, the camera angle changes to the entire ensemble, with the “chord change window” prompting you. Once I got used to the format, I found following the players to be quite simple, particularly on the Slow Jam video.
Each musician offers tips on what he/she will play in a given situation. Emmitt may toss in a tremolo fill to accent a particular line while Steinberger may start a given song with a couple of “taters.” Van Meter may repeat a riff on her Dobro during a song to signal a cue.
On Intermediate Bluegrass Jamming, the songs are played at medium to fast tempos, the arrangements carrying a degree of complexity. A wider variety of chords are learned and utilized, and the picker receives two opportunities to solo each song. Among the tips Wernick offers: Emphasis on the song’s melody in your solos, how to play backup as part of a musical conversation (i.e, “play what helps the music the most”, depending on your instrument), developing musical etiquette, playing in the keys of B and F, how to conclude a slow song, and Wernick and Van Meter demonstrate two methods of how to continue on after a “train wreck.”
By the time the two-hour video concludes with “Bill Cheatham”, the player is challenged to keep up with the musicians and the tempo is at a significantly faster pace. This is why for the novice picker, I highly recommend starting with the Bluegrass Slow Jam For The Total Beginner, which sets the foundation for the novice player. From there, the foundation gets stronger as the player progresses with Intermediate Bluegrass Jamming. However, while there are some similarities between Intermediate Bluegrass Jamming and Bluegrass Jamming: A Guide For Newcomers and Closet Pickers, the latter can work well as step two since you are only cued for one solo, and the tempos and arrangements are moderate. Once you have mastered Newcomers, you can jump immediately to Intermediate Bluegrass Jamming.
Unlike movies that wind up taking space on your shelf, these DVDs should receive repeated use. As a beginner banjo player, while learning to keep time, I loathed using metronomes because while they certainly help with its purpose, never could I learn to play with feeling. Here, it is much easier to pull out any of these three DVDs, select a given track, and play along not just keeping time, but practicing and developing your solos in applicable spots.
Even if you think you would outgrow Slow Bluegrass Jamming, playing a dirge or ballad requires you to play slow, with accent on the spaces between notes. Because the majority of the songs offered in the Slow Bluegrass Jamming video are often played in faster tempos, this video also serves as a template for learning those melodies themselves at their primary basic level. Once you have progressed as a player, the Intermediate DVD becomes your next template for continued practice and growth.=
Bluegrass Slow Jam For The Total Beginner, Intermediate Bluegrass Jamming and Bluegrass Jamming: A Guide For Newcomers and Closet Pickers are invaluable educational resources for every novice picker. Between the variety of songs offered, the many group jamming tips, lessons of etiquette and variety of group situations presented, these DVDs provide the essential tools necessary for the novice-to-immediate picker to participate and succeed in bluegrass jam sessions. Not to mention the fun of playing along with these premier musicians and the sheer joy gained from learning your instrument as you embark on your musical journey.
Bluegrass Unlimited, by Alan Walton
Bluegrass Jamming (A Guide For Newcomers and Closet Pickers)
“Bluegrass Jamming” is essentially a play-along video with lots of good advice thrown in. Peter Wernick is joined by Nick Forster (guitar), Michael Kang (fiddle), Ben Kaufman (bass), Sally Van Meter (resonator guitar), Eric Walser (mandolin), and Joan Wernick (vocals). The 17 bluegrass tunes are standards, all played at a pace slow enough to make it possible for the beginning picker (who knows chords and can play some) to join in. (The fact that “How Mountain Girls Can Love” is done at less than 100 beats per minute shows that serious thought has been given to making the pace suitable for the beginner.)
Advice includes etiquette, how to recognize chord changes, choosing good tunes, the role of the instruments in a band/jam, faking a solo when you don’t know the tune, and a short description of harmony singing.
Split-screen technology is used to show the guitar chords throughout each song in the lower right corner.
Anyone who has been itching to jam with other players but has been unable to work up the nerve to take the plunge will benefit from this video. The songs are standard, the keys vary, the pace should be just right, and the advice should make the experience a successful one. A winter of woodshedding with Bluegrass Jamming should have the potential jammer ready to jump in and kick off “Blue Ridge Cabin Home,” and 16 other tunes. Highly recommended.
Bluegrass Now, by Cary Virgin
Bluegrass Jamming (A Guide For Newcomers and Closet Pickers)
Playing time: 105 minutes
Dr. Banjo has done it again! If you’re a novice musician just starting your trek down the bluegrass trail or a picker who wants to build more confidence before entering a jam session, this is the video for you.
Realizing how important the “closet picker” and newcomer alike are to the health and vitality of bluegrass, Pete Wernick has been conducting “How to Jam” classes for quite some time now Helping Pete to get the message out are: Nick Forster (guitar), Michael Kang (fiddle), Ben Kaufman (bass), Sally Van Meter (Dobro), Eric Walser (mandolin) and Joan “Nondi” Wernick (vocals; Joan sings two songs while the other musicians alternate vocals on the remainder).
The eclectic group assembled here perfectly reflects the cross-section of backgrounds and playing styles you’re likely to encounter in a jam setting, whether at a festival, local bluegrass club’s regular meeting, pizza parlor, parking lot, or pickin’ party. For this lesson, they have intentionally selected standards that are generally played at slow to moderate tempos, so even a beginner need not worry about being left behind. Even someone fairly new to the music should recognize many of these 17 classics, including “Handsome Molly,” “Cripple Creek,” “Long Journey Home” and “Blue Moon of Kentucky”
Using a “picture-in-picture” shot of the guitarist’s left hand, Pete points out the value of this visual cue in deciphering chord changes. There are a wealth of such invaluable hints here. Homespun even throws in a handy lyric/chord sheet. Also covered are signals, harmonies, the “number system” and some all-important jam etiquette.
Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, by Bryan Kimsey
Bluegrass Jamming (A Guide for Newcomers and Closet Pickers)
Dear Editor Dan,
Sorry this review’s late. I got the video in the mail and watched it a couple of times. Then, I made the mistake of lending it to a mandolin student of mine and his guitar playing dad. I haven’t seen it since, and every time I ask for it back, they beg for just another week! And then next week comes and “oops! We forgot it again!” Fortunately, I watched it enough times to comment on it and in spite of their apparent forgetfulness, mando kid and guitar dad seem to have a pretty good memory of what’s on the video, since they keep wanting to play those tunes! So, I sat them down last lesson and made them tell me what they thought about it.
We all agreed that it was a pretty useful beginner/intermediate video. The songs are all bluegrass classics and start with easy 2-chord tunes like “Long Journey Home” to slightly more complex tunes like “Old Home Place” and “Salt Creek.” The pace is leisurely and even my students could keep up. Even though I’ve told them both over and over (and over and over….) about the various roles of instruments in a bluegrass band (the mandolin chops, the guitar strums, the bass thumps, and the fiddle chops or fills), having professionals like Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, Sally Van Meter, and others say the same thing seems to have finally made the concept stick.
Each of the instrumentalists goes through his or her instrument’s role and explains what they’re doing and why they’re doing it. The players take turns suggesting and kicking off tunes, in concordance with good jamming etiquette. They demonstrate how to warn the jam of unusual chord progression twists and in the process present the all-important “1-4-5” Numbering system. Again, I’ve harped at my students for years about this and it just doesn’t seem to sink in, but after watching this video, mando kid and guitar dad wanted to know why I didn’t tell them how useful the system is _sigh_. Pete and Co. discuss endings, tags, “potatoes,” and other jamming esoterica in between songs.
Another really useful thing taught on the video is learning to watch the guitar player to get the chords. Well, that’s great, except we’re guitar players and I know from jamming with you that sometimes neither one of us knows the chords (which reminds me a lot of two cats chasing each other’s tails). There’s a little split-screen in the corner to show the guitar player’s chording hand.
All in all, though, my students thought this was a pretty good video. They had (“are having”, actually) a good time jamming with the video, and watching for their cue to take a break. I asked them if they’d recommend the video to a beginner/intermediate player and they said “No!! No way!!!”. This kind of puzzled me until I explained to them that Homespun printed a bunch of copies of the video and I wasn’t talking about their (my!) copy. Then they changed their tune (sorry!) and said “Yeah! Yeah! It’s a great video. It’s such a good video that we’ve decided to cancel our lessons and just stay home and play with the video! Well. uh wait! So, Dan, thanks a lot for sending me Bluegrass Jamming. I was just wondering, though, that since I’m never going to see my copy again, if you could maybe find it in your heart (and budget, whichever comes first) to send me another copy. You see, I’m learning fiddle and every time I need to practice my bass playing wife finds something else that has to be done “right now,” usually out of the house, and I figured this video would great for that.
Your faithful and hardworking staff writer,
The Bluegrass Journal, by Matthew F. Merta
Bluegrass Jamming: A Guide for Newcomers and Closet Pickers (Homespun)
This video is fantastic to say the least. For any bluegrass picker who wants to practice his chops before getting together with some “real” musicians, this is the video to get.
Hosted by former Hot Rize banjoist and International Bluegrass Music Association president Pete Wernick, he is joined by a number of well-respected musicians in the bluegrass field, each performing on one of the common bluegrass instruments, including guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, dobro, and fiddle. The ensemble performs 17 bluegrass standards in a “jam session” setting, with most of the performers taking a solo on a few of the songs. All of the songs also have parts that allow the viewer to solo while the band backs him/her up. Wernick also takes the time to explain jam session etiquette, informing the viewer what is expected as far as tuning, solos and backing up, basic vocal harmonies, and the Number System.
Varying the ANGLE function on the DVD player allows for two different views of the performances: the ensemble performing, and a close-up of the guitarist’s fretting hand for easy visibility of the chord currently being played. The DVD menu allows for easy jumping around to the practice tunes and the instructions from Wernick.
A booklet is included that has the chord progressions and lyrics to all of the songs. Bluegrass jams are great ways for musicians to polish up on their skills, but a band is not always available at any given time. For the next best thing to having an actual band to practice with, this video comes highly recommended.
“Pete’s jamming Vids from Homespun Are the best tools anywhere for getting your feet with bluegrass jamming!”
— Philip S. on Facebook
”Four months ago I bought a new banjo and your DVD’s. I can follow along pretty well with the slow jam DVD doing an alternating thumb roll. This is way more fun than just trying to learn tab. This time I’m going to stick to it. Having a ball.”
— Tom S., OK
”Pete’s jamming DVDs are so full of great advice, you gotta watch them multiple times.”
— Jim W., AL
”Watching your dvds is pure inspiration. I’ve played keyboard in the past and love to sing, until now mainly ballads but you know! I’ve always had the banjo in the back of my mind then a couple of years I got one and I’ve never stopped playing and every week I learn something new. I’ve spent the last hour or so jamming along to the intermediate dvd.”
— Alan H., UK
”Your jam tapes are awesome for learning to jam. I can’t thank you enough for producing these DVDs as I find them so good at teaching the novice player to change chords fluently.”
— Bob B., Ontario
”Thank you for all your help by providing such great jam along and instructional products! They are fantastic and have helped me a lot!
— Tim F., PA
”Last year I bought your DVD ‘Beginning Bluegrass Banjo’ and two of your ‘jamming’ DVD’s. I cannot tell you what fun they have been and what it has done for my playing of both guitar and banjo – they have really re-kindled my interest in the banjo.”
— Ambrose H., Scotland
”For those beginners or intermediate players who can’t find jams or who feel intimidated by them, one of the best ways to gain experience jamming without subjecting yourself to embarrassment or hostility, and for those who would just like to practice jamming between actual jams, I highly recommend Pete Wernick’s terrific bluegrass jam DVDs: Bluegrass Slow Jam for real beginners, Bluegrass Jamming, and Bluegrass Jamming Intermediate–even for old time players.”
— Charles K. on Banjo-L
”You should look into Pete Wernick’s Jam-along DVDs, of which there are three. He brings a top notch group of musicians to play many popular songs, and in between tunes discusses the basics of keys and harmonies among other things. I have been playing for about seven months, and feel they have helped a lot. Also, if you have questions about anything on the DVD’s, he is readily available for questions on his website. I have found it much better than any of the “educational” products out there, because it more or less tells you to pick it up, have it tuned, play the right chords, and have FUN. Good luck.”
— DCSommer on Banjo Hanjout
”I can’t say enough about your jamming DVDs, they are OUTSTANDING!!!!. I own all of them and they give me material for our local jams as well as a ton of practice!”
— Jim D., Hemet, CA
”I bought the three jamming DVDs from JDMC – absolutely love them.”
— Ron T., FL
”check out Pete Wernick’s jam videos. They’ve helped me get through many a winter day when there was no one to pick with. Great musicians playing standards at a manageable speed. Also check out Pete Wernick’s Bluegrass Songbook. Tons of standards in there. What’s great about this book is that it has the lyrics, chords and melody of each song.”
— PatMosa on Banjo Hangout
Comments About Bluegrass Slow Jam for the Total Beginner
”My husband is learning guitar and we have all 3 of your jamming DVDs and LOVE them! They are a real instructional boost for him (and for me, too).”
— Vera V., NV
”Hi Pete, Just letting you know that I got your DVD Bluegrass slow jam. It’s great! Everybody in the video is very welcoming and after a while it kinda feels like you’ve joined the group….Thank you so much….”
— Jason M.
”I ordered your Bluegrass Slow Jam and was amazed how great it was. It needs to be any beginners first purchase for instructional material.”
— Paul P., GA
”I have been trying to learn to play the banjo for some time now. I have received one-on-one instruction as well as attempted to learn by video instruction. I have never understood how reading tablature or learning a break for a song by listening to it was going to help me go to a “jam” and play along with others. Your approach to teaching new students was exactly what I was looking for. Your focus on getting a beginner into a group so they can play along with others is exactly what I have been missing from other instructional techniques. I bought your Bluegrass Slow Jam for Beginners DVD, and I have never had more fun playing my banjo. I have never had anything motivate me like playing along with your DVD has. I just wanted to say thank you for making this DVD. Your teaching technique should, without a doubt, be emulated by other instructors.)”
— Dave E.
”Pete just wanted to tell you how great your Slow Jam DVD for beginners is. I have been attending a Slow jam locally once a month and I got a real kick from playing with others. Now though I get to do it every night!!!
“I find your style of teaching really nice and easy to understand. from your DVD it’s become clear to me that I don’t need to sit and memorise every Tab in Earls book to be able to play along to bluegrass. I have had this reaffirmed from my teacher as well and we are now focusing on this more than trying to work through a tab.”
— Mark from Europe
”I purchased your Bluegrass Slow Jam a few weeks ago, and LOVE it. I put it on at the Guitar store before my lesson and by the time I got out of my lesson there were two people (only one that I knew) playing with you guys. I sat down and jammed with them and everyone was either singing or playing by the time ‘I’ll Fly Away’ was on. Since I turned it off there, we have more to play with next Wednesday!”
— John P., Apex, NC
“I just wanted to say ‘hi’ and how I am enjoying your 1st video Jam. That’s a great tool!”
— Caty V., MA
”Hi Pete: I wanted to thank you for producing the Slow Jam DVD. I think it is the most significant contribution to learning bluegrass in general, and banjo in particular, since the publication of Scruggs’ book in 1968! I usually keep four or five banjo students at a time, adults usually, and I’ve been doing this since ‘73. My approach has always been to wean students away from tab as soon as possible, and now I can direct them to the DVD.
”As you know, the major problem for beginners is in finding someone, anyone, else to jam or play music with. The beginner’s jam. The DVD is just perfect. We’ve talked for years about trying to get a regular beginner’s jam started here in Cheyenne but we could never get it started, but now we can depend on the DVD to get people that early experience. I’ve had eight students buy it already.
”It is interesting how bluegrass has moved from a fanatic’s obsession to a (upper) middle class hobby, which probably tells us something significant about shifting cultural values and anxieties, and the new nexus of politics, religion, and nostalgia.
”Congratulations on seeing this all coming!”
— Dennis C., Cheyenne, WY
”Hi! I have bought your “slow jam for the total beginner” DVD and I think it is just the right thing for me. Thank you for making it. I took up banjo playing at the age of 50, two years ago, with no earlier musical experience so I need to advance in a slow pace. If you didn’t know that before I can inform you that it’s not easy to find others to play bluegrass with around Borlange in the county of Dalecarlia in Sweden. So I’m glad I have you folks!
“All the best!”
— Mrs. Jannica W., Sweden
”Just recently came across your Blue Grass Jamming for the Total Beginner. What a life saver. I have been having a total ball with it. I stayed up the other night and played through on every song and before I knew it I had been playing for 2 hours.
“Thanks for a wonderful video, it really puts allot of music playing into perspective. The main goal for me is to have fun and having an entire bluegrass band in my room when I play is just too cool.
— Jim B.
”Pete Wernick has a video out on jamming — I checked it out of the library — pretty cool. It isn’t on backup in particular — it gives the person watching the video the chance to do his breaks with the group on the video, and goes through the jamming process. Anyway, my point is that I was startled and instructed at how Pete and the others do stay very much in the background during others’ solos. I could see how much it really is a group effort, and how you should think in terms of the group.
”A guitar player (a fellow programmer) I met here at work once played with a group that had a banjo — his comment was — the banjo was too #%%#* loud! Obviously, this banjo player wanted to be a star instead of a contributor.”
— Bob W.
”I’ve had a chance to work through Jamming for Newcomers and Back Up Basic Level. You really include a lot of very useful information in just a few hours of video. This is going to make all the difference in the world in getting me ready for a jam.”
— Larry M.
”This video is fantastic to say the least. For any bluegrass picker who wants to practice his chops before getting together with some “real” musicians, this is the video to get.
“For the next best thing to having an actual band to practice with, this video comes highly recommended.”
— Matt Merta, The Bluegrass Journal (on Amazon)
”I have been playing daily with your jam dvd…it forces me to play an entire song rather than just “noodle” around and be lazy when I have the banjo out and get discouraged, I’ve already seen and feel improvement.”
— Scott Miller
”The original version has been very helpful, and this one is terrific also! Great job……….I think you have the only really useful jamming products available.”
— Murray C.
”I just received the DVD “Bluegrass Jamming”. It’s awesome!! I will be attending my 1st jam session a week from Saturday and the DVD will definitely help get me ready. I’ve been playing the banjo for a number of years but have never playing with anyone else, let alone a group. The DVD is simple to understand and has immediately helped my tempo and my ability to play up the neck for backup. The 1st book I ever bought was “Bluegrass Banjo” back in 1977 and I still refer to it often. Thanks for publishing such quality materials that are easy to understand and use.”
— Al K., Rochester, MI
”My friend gave me a birthday gift yesterday – Pete Wernick’s Bluegrass Jamming – A Guide for Newcomers and Closet Pickers. This is great! And a lot of questions are answered that we ‘newbies’ want to know about jamming, which is wonderful. I know that nothing beats a ‘real’ jam session, but it gets a bit daunting and I know the guys all slow up for me and help me along. They save a bit of time for me in their sessions. With this DVD, I can practice to my heart’s content.”
— Jody B.
”I knew I was going to attend Pete Wernick’s Jam Camp at MerleFest and was a little nervous about it. I had played guitar and could sing but had never participated in anything like a “jam.” I got Pete’s video, “Bluegrass Jamming” and listened and played along for a couple of months before the camp.
”What a great investment! It was so much fun. When I got to camp, I was still a little nervous, but quickly realized I had learned what I needed in order to fit in. I was familiar with the process of jamming, the vocabulary and the body language used. I could confidently play and sing a dozen or so bluegrass songs that everyone else knew also. I even learned a little music theory that made playing easier. I developed additional skills at camp, of course, but using the video gave me a wonderful jump start. I’m really glad I got it.
”Now that I’m back home, I still get the video out when I want some company and some good practice. I am also seeking out other musicians with whom to play, using some of the hints Pete gives on the video. In short, I love it!”
— Shirley S. Jamestown, NY
”Recently I got the download version of your Intermediate Bluegrass Jam DVD from Homespun. I was initially a bit skeptical of just how beneficial it would be, but, after working with it just a few times, I would like for you to know that it is the single most beneficial instructional tool I have found!”
— Don H.
”Intermediate bluegrass jamming DVD is an excellent practice tool! Great selection of tunes and excellent content, this one is top notch. Of my substantial collection of instructional videos this one is my favorite.”
— Keith D.
”Hi Peter, I’m the clawhammer banjo picker who contacted you awhile ago. Went to my first slow mixed jam organized by James Reams in Brooklyn across from Prospect Park. Your Dvds helped pave the way for me to become a successful musician in that not only did I have a great time, I was prepared for most likely anything even when the first song out of the box was in the key of E in 3/4 time. Figured out what to do using your suggested # system. Everything else was relatively easy. Started using your intermediate DVD. Thanks”
— Henry F., Sheepshead Bay, NY
”I was frustrated, feeling like I was losing my “touch” since I am not currently playing in a band…well, my girlfriend bought me your intermediate jam DVD and I have something to play along with and a chance to play my own breaks instead of playing over top of someone else’s….I feel I have got back in step with my picking and it feels good!”
— Scott M., Natick, MA
”it is so cool and so helpful, to put that thing on the TV and put yourself in the middle of a bluegrass band and play with them. It’s particularly powerful when you have a surround sound system. ”
— Gene B., Raleigh, NC