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Bluegrass Jam Camp

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Taught by Greg McGrath using the Wernick Method*

Phillip Island, VIC, Australia at CYC The Island

41-53 Church Street, Cowes, 3922, Victoria, Australia

12th-14th July, 2022

Friday & Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-2pm

Tuition: Single Room – $495
Shared Room – $395
Off-Site – $385

Includes lodging and meals. Early arrival Thursday evening 5:00pm, 22 August, 2022 at no extra cost. $50 deposit reserves your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.


Greg McGrath has been a bluegrass musician and teacher since 1990, teaching banjo and guitar during that time. Since attending Pete Wernick’s 2007 jam camp in North Carolina, he has hosted numerous jam classes and camps in Australia for beginner musicians. Greg excels at giving students the skills and confidence needed to be a part of—and to feel welcome at—any jam session.

Greg’s students say:

“So patient and encouraging!”

“Displays confidence but with kindness, humility and a natural sense of humour.”

“Committed to bringing out the best in everyone!”

“I have a rekindled enthusiasm and feel confident about my picking future!”

“An amazing, worthwhile experience.”

“Well done, Greg! Great value for the money.”

* 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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