Leslie Dare

Leslie Dare
Leslie Dare (Raleigh, NC) manages the administrative, business, and technical aspects of the Wernick Method operation. She attended her first Wernick Method camp in 2015, became a Wernick Method teacher in 2018, and assumed the Office Manager role in 2019. Leslie plays guitar, is a beginning bass and mandolin player, and enjoys singing harmony.
Welcome, Bill Parker!

Welcome, Bill Parker!

We’re pleased to announce a new Wernick Method teacher! Hailing from Bethlehem, PA, Bill Parker plays mandolin and guitar, and is very active with performing, jamming, and teaching. Check out his upcoming class at the AFBA Festival in Wind Gap, PA.

Bill says:

“I’ve been playing bluegrass music since 2008 and in a band since 2012. I came up in the jam environment and my instructor always told me to attempt to take a lead break no matter what. What he was doing was teaching me to think on my feet, listen to the jam circle and get comfortable playing impromptu. His coaching about how jams work, using the 10 Jammandments and being able to lead them has paid off. Since 2015 I routinely help the AFBA run / lead jams at their festivals and personally host two pickin parties per year.

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New “Ask Pete” Feature
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New “Ask Pete” Feature

Pete Wernick, originator of bluegrass camps and director of over 150 camps, and creator of the Wernick Method, has a well-established tradition of making himself available to bluegrass fans, new and experienced bluegrass pickers, and others: through online discussion boards, via email, and his own online forum. We are happy to announce the continuation of that tradition with the launch of our new “Ask Pete” feature, with a focus on bluegrass jamming.

Just send your question to Pete via our online form. We’ll post them online with Pete’s response, allowing you and others to take advanage of Pete’s vast knowledge of bluegrass jamming.

We’ve already seeded the list with some jamming questions from years past, and we hope you’ll send in your own!… More Info!

Bluegrass Slow Jam for the Total Beginner

Bluegrass Slow Jam for the Total Beginner

  • Stream or download!
  • 3 videos, 56 standards
  • Slow/intermediate speeds
  • Chords on screen
  • Solo w/ full band backup
  • Words included
  • Which video is best for me?
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Výuka bluegrassového jamování

Výuka bluegrassového jamování

vyučuje Petr Brandejs Wernickovou metodou*

Šenov u Nového Jičína, Czech Republic

Hotel Salaš, Na Salaši 187 Šenov u Nového Jičína Moravia 74242

Víkend 20.-22. leden 2023

Pátek 18-22:00; Sobota 9:30-18:00; Nedele 9:30-14:00

Školné: 3,700 CZK

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Austin Scelzo Receives IBMA Mini-Grant

Austin Scelzo Receives IBMA Mini-Grant

Wernick Method teacher Austin Scelzo (based in CT) received one of IBMA’s Bluegrass in the Schools Mini-Grants. From the June 2022 issue of the IMBA Foundation Cornerstone:

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Weekend Bluegrass Jam Camp
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Weekend Bluegrass Jam Camp

Taught by Gilles Rézard using the Wernick Method*

Doucier, Jura, France at the Maison Familiale de Doucier

500, Impasse des Vernes Franche-Comté,
Doucier, Jura 39130

March 19-20, 2022

Saturday 10:00am-10:00pm; Sunday, 9:00am-12:00pm

Tuition: 190 €

Includes Saturday lunch, dinner, lodging, Sunday breakfast and lunch.

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Austin Scelzo Interview

Austin Scelzo Interview

Wernick Method teacher Austin Scelzo (CT) is interviewed by at the 2021 Podunk Bluegrass Festival, and talks about playing with Michael Cleveland, his decision to quit his full-time school teaching job to devote himself to a career teaching and playing bluegrass. The interview was conducted by Backstage View, which is hosted Scott Wilkins, an enthusiastic advocate of the Wernick Method and former teacher himself.

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Pete & Joan Wernick’s Bluegrass Jamming Workshops

Pete & Joan Wernick’s Bluegrass Jamming Workshops

BASIC Jamming
Saturday, March 20, Noon-1:45pm CDT

FINE POINTS of Jamming
Saturday, March 20, 3-4:45pm CDT

BASIC Jamming
Sunday, March 21, 1:15-3pm CDT

Register Now!
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