Whatever your instrument, we’ll show you how to start jamming!
“Here are the jam resources you need to start making music with other people. Does it need to be hard to start? No!
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 as soon as they get their first stringed instrument! Basic rhythm playing + following chords on good songs… easy, fun, and fundamental! Most methods ‘send you to the closet’ for 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.
The first skills to learn, in logical order starting with the essentials.
All jammers should be able to recognize these chords, for following along.
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!
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.
116 classics played at bluegrass jams in the U.S. and worldwide! Not familiar with some? Learn them by ear, watching and listening to Online Playlists of 116 Jam Favorites.
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.