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Pete Wernick @ Idaho Bluegrass & Banjo Camp

June 8, 2023 June 11, 2023 EDT

Weiser, ID

A new one for me, the Idaho Bluegrass and Banjo Camp is near Boise, at the site of the renowned Weiser National Old-Time Fiddle Contest and Festival.

With 2 expert teachers each on guitar, mandolin, and fiddle as well as *three* on banjo, there’ll be plenty of what I call realistic bluegrass jamming, with a good balance of instruments. Classes are capped 15, and these folks seem very well-organized and eager to serve bluegrass pickers at all levels.

In addition to serving on the banjo teaching staff, I’ll be teaching Wernick Method jamming to all participants. This camp takes all instruments, so consider joining in!




Pete Wernick (Niwot, CO) is renowned worldwide for his accomplishments and contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize, innovative teacher and author, and songwriter. Always active in the teaching of banjo and bluegrass, Pete was the original pioneer of bluegrass music camps in the early 1980s. Having since taught about 200 camps in about half of the U.S. states and three other countries, he continues to host several per year. In 2010, he launched the Wernick Method of teaching bluegrass jamming which as of 2021 has certified over 100 teachers offering classes in 46 states and 12 countries. See Pete’s full bio

“At camp you helped me realize I could be a banjo player, rather than a guy who just plays the banjo. It’s something of my identity now. You wanted people to be a part of a community, you wanted people to share and grow, and you were systematic and intelligent about. Thanks for your guidance and being a role model.”
“Pete Wernick is a master teacher with decades of experience in promoting and advancing bluegrass education at all levels. His methods seriously address the fact that most pickers quit while still at a beginning level due to the use of ineffective materials and methods. His approach quickly leads one to becoming an independent and successful learner. Pete’s camps could be thought of as bluegrass “boot camps” because they are skill based, experience based and intensive. The camps involve a lot of challenging and enjoyable group work.”
“I truly am happy that I have been able to attend your camps and never expected to be in this position to enjoy playing so much.”
“I appreciate your teaching style very much, because you blend humor and affirmation and discipline so well.”
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