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Jam with the Pros Camp

February 23, 2024 February 25, 2024 EST

Taught by Leslie Dare & Susan West using the Wernick Method

Sanford, NC

Downtown Sanford, part of Sanford’s Bluegrass 365; details coming soon; just 40 minutes from Raleigh, 1 hour from Greensboro

Friday 2-6pm; Saturday 9-5pm; Sunday 9-1pm; Sunday afternoon – special Nu-Blu concert for students and guests only!

Tuition: $350

$50 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.

Camp limited to 25 students – register now to claim your spot!

Special hotel pricing for Sanford coming soon!

Jam with the Pros” Level 2 Bluegrass Camp with Nu-Blu!

Nu-Blu: Austin Hefflefinger, Justin Harrison, Carolyn and Daniel Routh

This “Level 2” camp is a combination of group sessions, breakout sessions, and individual instruction — a dive into rhythmic cohesion, speed, drive, clarity, and technique variations, all based around bluegrass style rhythm. Developed by Larry Kernagis and the award winning band Nu-Blu, in this camp you will get the unique experience to play along with the band, as a band member, so that you can “FEEL” the difference in the rhythm, not just hear it.

The teaching is structured around the concept of playing with the proper rhythm and how that directly relates not only to your instrument but the others in the jam, as well as how it affects vocals and phrasing. You will learn the subtle differences that will help you “get out of the slow jam.” It’s this pinpoint approach to each instrument and its role in the total sound of a song that makes this camp suitable for pickers who have attended a Wernick Method class or camp, or a first time attendee. Includes special concert at the end of the event. Don’t miss this chance to “Jam with the Pros” — sign up and “Let’s Pick!” Contact Susan and Leslie for more info.

Raleigh, NC

Leslie Dare & Susan West have found great synergy in working together to teach others the essentials of bluegrass jamming. Both grew up with music but after being musically inactive for many years, both joined the bluegrass community through their experiences at camps run by Pete and Joan Wernick, re-discovering the joys of music later in life. Leslie plays guitar and Susan plays mandolin, bass, and guitar. They are both active in the Raleigh, NC-area jamming scene, including regular participation with the Raleigh chapter of the Handsome Ladies.

“Susan and Leslie’s warm & welcoming teaching style helped me do something a little scary in each class which made me a better player.”
“Leslie is a talented, welcoming leader who makes jamming fun for everyone, regardless of their level of proficiency.”
“The most enjoyable learning experience I have ever had.”
“I feel so much better equipped to jam now. Y’all are the best!”
“Susan West and Leslie Dare are the best group music instructors I’ve ever experienced. I went from feeling nervous/uncomfortable about taking breaks and improvising, to feeling confident and capable.”
“Leslie and Susan were so organized and helpful. They do a great job of gently urging a student to try something new. I learned a lot and had a great time.”
Sanford, NC 27237 United States + Google Map


Tuition: $350

$50 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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