Whatever your instrument, we’ll show you how to start jamming!

I learned to jam almost as soon as I could chord along on easy songs with friends. Keeping it slow and simple, ANYONE can be jamming within days of getting their first stringed instrument! Basic rhythm playing + following chords on good songs… easy, fun, and fundamental! Most methods are about solo practicing. But bluegrass is always played in a group — and that’s where the fun and learning really happens, even just starting out!”

The full ground rules of bluegrass jamming, from “musts” to suggestions.

  • DVD/stream/download!
  • 3 videos, 56 standards
  • Slow/intermediate speeds
  • Chords on screen
  • Solo w/ full band backup
  • Words included
  • Which video is best for me?
  • “The go-to jam songbook”
        — Bluegrass Unlimited
  • 39 favorites, large print
  • Online playlists of all 39
  • Chords/positions shown for all instruments
  • Just $10! Fits in case.

The first skills to learn, in logical order starting with the essentials.

All jammers should be able to recognize these chords, for following along.

  • Pick a song to sing/hum while playing a G…
  • …and guess when to go to D and back. Helps build ear skills!
  • Print a copy to keep in your case.

Find a class near you! With basic skills and good guidance, you can start making music and having fun — almost immediately. Hands-on learning in large and small groups, and understanding, low-pressure, experienced teaching by your Wernick Method certified teacher.

Pete’s time-tested steps for teachers and students, and why they work. Popular article, strongly recommended!

  • The complete original jam video, from 2-chord songs to “The Old Home Place”
  • Great practice for learning mandolin, bluegrass guitar, fiddle, and banjo.
  • Starts with very slow and easy 2-chord songs in G, and moves up to 3-chord songs in G and other keys, with a few favorite instrumentals included.
  • Chords are clearly shown on screen. 
  • Assumes the viewer is already a jammer
  • A 22-song moderate-speed workout with plenty of soloing opportunities
  • Faster speeds add challenge
  • Which video is best for me?

A selection of 116 classics, based on jams all over the U.S. and overseas. Get familiar with these. They’re sure to come up at jams.

  • Play-Along Tracks w/Tab

For Banjo and Guitar. Stereo mix of 14 tracks with vocals and all instruments lets you hear full band with/without your instrument. Or listen to just that instrument! With tab booklet of solos w chords.

A selection of 116 classics, based on jams all over the U.S. and overseas. Get familiar with these. They’re sure to come up at jams.

  • 140 favorites with melodies in easy tablature.
  • Still the only book about bluegrass singing
  • How the all-time great singers do it, in their own words: Monroe, Flatt, Martin, Stanley, Rowan, Dickens, Allen, Whitley, Waller, McReynolds.
  • Sections on harmony, choosing a key, songwriting, and much more!
  • Just $10! Fits in case.

Pete’s method has never failed to help anyone carry a tune with their voice. And doing that will help your overall musicianship. Find out how.

Find a class near you! Hands-on learning in large and small groups, and understanding, low-pressure, experienced teaching by your Wernick Method certified teacher. Experienced jammers are given extra challenges and can sometimes be grouped together.

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