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Free Bluegrass Jam Class

Taught by Gilbert Nelson using the Wernick Method*

Big Stone Gap, VA during Mountain Music Heritage Week

Just prior to the Blue Highway Fest

Big Stone Gap Visitor Center, 306 Wood Ave E, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219

October 6-8, 2022

Thursday 2-4pm; Friday and Saturday 10am-12pm

Tuition: FREE!! No festival admission required.

Attend any/all of the 3 sessions. You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.

Assisted by Leigh Nelson


Gilbert Nelson has been a regular on the jam scene for 30 years, with a passion for jamming, performing and teaching a variety of instruments. Gilbert’s teaching is action packed and always encouraging, emphasizing fun and success, providing a safe and supportive learning environment while still finding ways to stretch comfort zones and bring students to a higher level of musical maturity. Gilbert leads his own band “The Jam Town Grass” as well as coaching other groups in musicianship and stagecraft.

Gilbert’s students say:

“You can see the passion that he has for both teaching and playing music. Very friendly, very welcoming and very knowledgeable.”
“I highly recommend the class and would do it again in a heart beat.”
“Thanks for the help and confidence I received, letting me feel I could do this.”
“He made everyone feel welcome and important to the success of the group.”
“Gilbert and Leigh, you have empowered me this weekend . . . I’ll have you to thank the rest of my life.”
“You’ve given a 58 year-old guy with no “ear” who started with music less than 2 years ago, the belief that I can reach my dream of being able to play music with other people!”
“Gilbert has a fabulous touch and a way to bring a true beginner up to and over their comfort zone.”
“Jamming with Gilbert is one of life’s real pleasures. I’ve never met anyone so positive and interested in others’ success. He makes learning fun.”

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