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Weekly Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by Buck Thrailkill using the Wernick Method*

Fayetteville, NC at Fifth String Studio

Sundays, January 16-30, 2021

5919 Ormskirk Dr., Fayetteville, NC 28304

1:00-7:00pm each Sunday

Tuition: $240 for 3 sessions

$10 discount through Dec 30. $30 discount for Buck’s returning WM students; discounts can be combined. $50 deposit reserves your spot. 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.

Assisted by Megan Ray

Each student must submit proof of a negative COVID test dated no earlier than 72 hours prior to the start of each weekly session.

Until further notice, all Wernick Method classes will be conducted either outdoors or in very well-ventilated indoor spaces.


Buck Thrailkill was born in Meridian, MS and started playing banjo at age 12. Mentored by his big brother and Lee Jackson (Carl Jackson’s Dad), he grew up playing all over the south, touring on the Magnolia State Bluegrass Circuit at age 15. He played and taught banjo and guitar till joining the Army in 1981.

After his service Buck settled in North Carolina where he performs and records with several bands ranging from hardcore bluegrass to country, blues, and folk. Buck owns Fifth String Studio in Fayetteville, NC where he teaches and creates customized “Made in Carolina” leather instrument straps.

Buck’s students say:

“Buck is a great instructor, in a way that even absolute beginners can understand. He took a group of various experience levels and little to no jam experience, and had everyone in good solid jams and coming together as a group.”

“He can impart ideas very clearly and concisely with attention to detail that puts him on the leading edge of his craft.”

“Buck is the best, most patient, thorough, kind, passionate, incredibly knowledgeable and inspiring music teacher I have ever had… prompt, professional, and makes learning so much FUN.

“An inspiring and effective teacher with a kind and easy-going demeanor. His love and passion for the instrument and for teaching is evident.

“Buck is a great instructor. He really does an outstanding job teaching in a way that students, even absolute beginners can understand. He took a group of students of various levels of experience and little to no jam experience, and had everyone participating in good solid jams and coming together as a group. Great job! Can’t wait to do it again.

“Mr. Buck equipped me not only to play, but also to teach myself how to learn. He instilled in me a love for the instrument and the music. I am beyond thankful.

* 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 office@letspick.org.

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