“Video instruction at its best! …an approach to getting started (or re-started) that couldn’t be more elementary or fun! I never have seen a teacher so effectively eliminate the intimidation factor. The way this video is constructed will insure you get the highest possible return for the time and effort you invest. A great approach to learning both timing and the “ear training” needed to recognize chord changes.”
— Bluegrass Now

“Employing a very gentle learning curve, it is intended for the absolute beginner. The instruction is very clear and well-paced, and should be very helpful”
— Bluegrass Unlimited

Published Reviews

Comments from Satisfied Customers

Bluegrass Unlimited, by Alan Walton

Get Rolling! Ultra-Easy, No Fall Introduction to Bluegrass Banjo

Pete Wernick (aka Dr.Banjo, Waldo Otto) has released two videos on the Homespun label, both intended for the beginning end of the banjo instruction spectrum. “Get Rolling” is intended for the absolute beginner. Employing a very gentle learning curve, it starts with the basics of tuning and chord positions. Then, instead of a long stretch of learning rolls, Wernick has the student practice the chord positions by strumming along on a two-chord (G and D) medley of songs. After introducing the C chord and discussing the finer points of fretting, there is a three-chord medley for more practice on three-chord songs. The video uses split-screen viewing so the student can clearly see the chord changes, as well as the strumming. The second half of the video is devoted to rolls and chord changing, and includes a discussion of note selection and playing the melody. There is a small jam session with two beginning students, which should provide some reassurance for anyone who might be struggling. A booklet accompanying the tape shows chord positions, tablature for the rolls and “When The Saints Go Marching In,” and it gives the words and chords to the songs included on the video.

Overall, the instruction here is very clear and well-paced, and should be very helpful in getting the true beginner to a point where he or she can begin playing bluegrass music.

Bluegrass Now, by Cary Virgin

GET ROLLING! An Ultra-Easy, No Fall Introduction to Bluegrass Banjo
Playing time: 60 minutes

Pete Wernick (aka Dr.Banjo, Waldo Otto) has released two videos on the Homespun label, both intended for the beginning end of the banjo instruction spectrum. “Get Rolling” is intended for the absolute beginner. Employing a very gentle learning curve, it starts with the basics of tuning and chord positions. Then, instead of a long stretch of learning rolls, Wernick has the student practice the chord positions by strumming along on a two-chord (G and D) medley of songs. After introducing the C chord and discussing the finer points of fretting, there is a three-chord medley for more practice on three-chord songs. The video uses split-screen viewing so the student can clearly see the chord changes, as well as the strumming. The second half of the video is devoted to rolls and chord changing, and includes a discussion of note selection and playing the melody. There is a small jam session with two beginning students, which should provide some reassurance for anyone who might be struggling. A booklet accompanying the tape shows chord positions, tablature for the rolls and “When The Saints Go Marching In,” and it gives the words and chords to the songs included on the video.

Overall, the instruction here is very clear and well-paced, and should be very helpful in getting the true beginner to a point where he or she can begin playing bluegrass music.

“I purchased your Get Rolling video after using several others. Yours is by far the easiest and does, in fact, get you rolling.”
“Thanks to this video and your ‘bluegrass banjo’ book I am pleased as punch with the progress I am making barely a month after buying my first banjo. I am enjoying myself immensely.”
“I have run into one video that I think is REALLY good. For the absolute beginner bluegrass player I highly recommend Pete Wernick’s ‘Get Rolling’ video.”
“I bought one for my stepfather after he tried EVERYTHING without success. He finally got started using that video. He is finally ENJOYING his banjo.”