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Bluegrass Jam Camp

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Taught by Andy Lentz & Erik Yates using the Wernick Method*

Oakland, CA at a private residence

April 29-30, 2023

Saturday and Sunday, 9:30am-5pm both days

Tuition: $250

50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance. You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.


Andy Lentz started on fiddle with the Suzuki technique, and has been jamming and performing bluegrass and other roots styles for over twenty years. Before recently relocating to Oakland CA, Andy performed in and around Austin TX with Silas Lowe, High Plains Jamboree, and various other groups. In addition to gigging on fiddle, Andy teaches private lessons, presents fiddle workshops, and plays guitar and mandolin.


Erik Yates has been singing and playing the banjo for the past twenty years as a means of self-expression, a way of connecting with tradition, and surprisingly, as a way of making a living. He tours nationally with California-based Hot Buttered Rum (a group he started in college), plays around Colorado with both his own quartet and the Lyons Bluegrass Collective, and has appeared with touring acts such as Rapidgrass, Railroad Earth and Peter Rowan. He also maintains an active schedule teaching banjo, rhythm guitar, dobro and vocals.

Andy & Erik’s students say:

“Andy’s workshop was amazing… a group with all different levels but he made us all feel equal. His excitement carried over. He was extremely patient which helped me relax and enjoy the class more.”
“I learn something new every time. Erik makes learning fun.”
“Erik brings a mountain of knowledge, passion, and patience to his lessons, I highly recommend him.”
“Andy inspired me to play more, practice harder, and become a better player.”

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