Taught by Russell Paswater Using the Wernick Method*

Assisted by Cindy Passwater


August 14-16, 2020

Friday 5-9pm; Saturday 10am-6pm;
Sunday 11-3pm

Tuition: $195
$185 through July 14, 2020!

Recommended Lodging: Rodeway Inn – (616) 837-8100

Coopersville, MI at the Coopersville Farm Museum

Safety precautions to be taken at this camp:

  • 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!

Russell Paswater has played and taught bluegrass banjo and guitar for over 30 years. He is also a songwriter and performs in two bands including the H2O band, second-place winner of the Bluegrass Band contest at Beanblossom. Russell has guided hundreds of jam sessions at bluegrass festivals and always invites beginners because “It’s all about FUN!”

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Russell’s students say:

“Russell is a good teacher. His years of experience and training make him well qualified. He is also passionate about Bluegrass jamming and it is infectious!”

“Russell was an extremely effective instructor who was interested in the success of each student and demonstrated excellent teaching skills. This was more like a friend helping you learn.”

“A life-changing experience!”

“Really enjoyed his personality. Good positive role model and very patient with beginner players.”

“Russell and Cindy were great. They offered spot-on information and all the encouragement and cheerleading one could hope for.”

“Russell and Cindy are such stewards for the love of Bluegrass. If anyone wants to start learning how to play music this is the class for you.”

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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].