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Level 2 Weekend Jam Camp

November 18, 2023 November 19, 2023 EST

Taught by John David using the Wernick Method

Glendale, CA

Located at a private residence; address provided upon registration

Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-4pm

Tuition: $275

Includes Saturday lunch. $25 off through Oct 18. $75 deposit holds your spot; 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.

Many options for close-by lodging: Glendale Express (moderate) and Embassy Suites (pricier) are less that 5 miles from the venue. More at hotels.com.

Level 2 Camp: Designed for Wernick Method graduates and others comfortable with the basics, soloing in different keys (exceptions below), finding melodies, leading songs, slightly faster tempos, who want a more challenging experience. Any questions about qualifications, contact John. The goal of this camp will be to elevate your skills both collectively and individually, to give you ideas for better soloing, singing, backup and ensemble playing and provide the opportunity to put those ideas into action with immediate feedback. Topics of emphasis will include:

  • rhythm and backup playing with focus on how it works in a live band situation
  • developing your soloing style (optional for rhythm only guitarists and bassists)
  • learning and understanding fiddle tunes and instrumentals
  • trio harmony singing (for those who can carry a part)

We will also look at handling more demanding chord changes, moveable ideas for soloing in different positions, and mastering different keys.


John David (Glendale, CA) is a master on banjo, mandolin, dobro, guitar, and harmonica. He also plays fiddle and bass. He toured with music luminaries the Limeliters, performed with Leon Redbone, and has recorded for many television shows, commercials, and movie soundtracks. John created two instructional videos, on banjo and mandolin, for the Warner Brothers “Ultimate Beginner” series. While the Denver Post describes him as a “guitarist’s guitarist”, John is also eager to help everyday people with the challenges of learning to jam.

“The atmosphere at the jam workshop made everyone, beginners and experienced alike, feel welcome and comfortable.
“He showed me simple ways to get around roadblocks that had frustrated me for a long time.”
“John is really a fabulous teacher who possesses that rare combination: the ability to advance students to another level of proficiency while simultaneously ensuring they really have fun doing it.”
“He’s able to teach and play every instrument, never become annoyed and kept the excitement and energy going all weekend – superb! Organization, clarity, pacing (fast clip, but seemed to work for the group) kindness, this was the best it could have been.”
“John made me (and everyone) feel at ease, created a fun atmosphere.”
“Thanks for all the help, especially the suggestions on vocal improvement.”
“He showed me simple ways to get around roadblocks that had frustrated me for a long time.”
“John gets better and better every time I take his class. He’s aware of how everybody in the class is doing and he’s very self-reflective about small things to add/change to improve the experience. I’m hooked.”
private residence
Glendale, CA 91208 United States
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Tuition: $275

Includes Saturday lunch. $25 off through Oct 18. $75 deposit holds your spot; 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.

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