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Bluegrass Jam Class

Taught by Dave Howard using the Wernick Method*

Owensboro, KY at the ROMP Festival

Yellow Creek Park, 5710 KY-144, Owensboro, KY 42303

June 25, 2022

Saturday, 1pm-3pm

Tuition: FREE

Festival admission required. You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.

Co-Taught with Jeff Burke


Dave Howard has enjoyed years of singing and playing mandolin throughout the U.S. with The 23 String Band – winners of the Louisville Music Awards Bluegrass Artist of the Year – and with the Louisville-based Relic Bluegrass band. He has played and sung on numerous television, radio, and feature film programs.

He recently apprenticed as a fiddler, supported by the Kentucky Arts Council. Dave directs the Louisville Folk School, a traditional music education community he founded in 2015, and sits on the board of Bluegrass Anonymous – Louisville’s Bluegrass Music Association.

Dave’s students say:

“Dave does a great job of teaching to the appropriate level. Thanks to Dave I now have the confidence to participate in jams.”
“He is very approachable and easy to get along with. The Louisville Folk School is a great asset to our city!”
“A positive, encouraging environment that felt safe. I felt free to experiment and make mistakes.”
“The slower tempos allowed for layers of complexity to be added to my experience: sing while playing, paying WAY more attention to other pickers.”
“I loved the way it made jamming seem much simpler than I had imagined. It inspired me to learn more music and practice more.”
“There are good teachers, and good players. Dave is rare in that he does both well. He understands the struggles new pickers face. Dave’s friendly and genuine demeanor is welcoming and makes people feel at ease and ready to dive in.”
“We all were brave and reached out beyond our comfort zone in order to get a little better at playing music.”
“The class was really fun. What the world needs now is more people playing music together. This class helps the cause.”


Jeff Burke has been performing on mandolin, guitar, and banjo since 1999–a sought-after sideman who’s toured the U.S. and Europe with a variety of acoustic and bluegrass acts. A certified Wernick Method teacher, he has hosted bluegrass jamming classes in several states, including at the John Hartford Festival in Bean Blossom, IN and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN.

His down-to-earth teaching style and positive approach to learning music have endeared him to students far and wide. Jeff splits his time between Nashville and Chicago where he currently offers jamming classes as well as private instruction.

Jeff’s students say:

“Jeff is a great, patient teacher.”
“Jeff is very passionate about music and it shows in the class. He offers positive and constructive feedback. I made huge strides in this class.”
“Jeff is able to convey difficult material into manageable lessons and encourages you to build on what you’ve learned, even if uncomfortable at first. I highly recommend him!”
“Great class, I have been recommending it to all my friends that play.”
“Jeff was very accommodating of people at different skill levels, patient with a group of varied talents.”
“Jeff was always enthusiastic about teaching the class, punctual and easy to follow with his instruction style. I would recommend the class for sure. Very impressed with his ability musically and to remember all our names after the 1st session…”

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