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Weekly Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by Jeff Burke using the Wernick Method*

Nashville, TN at the Station Inn

402 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37023

Saturdays, September 18 – November 20, 2021

12:00-2:30pm each Saturday; no class on Oct 16 or Nov 6

Tuition: $250 for 8 sessions

$10 off through Aug 18. $50 deposit reserves your spot. 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.

Each student must submit either proof of COVID vaccination or negative COVID test dated no earlier than 72 hours prior to start of camp.

All Wernick Method classes will be conducted either outdoors or in very well-ventilated indoor spaces.


Jeff Burke has been performing on mandolin, guitar, and banjo since 1999–a sought-after sideman who’s toured the U.S. and Europe with a variety of acoustic and bluegrass acts. A certified Wernick Method teacher, he has hosted bluegrass jamming classes in several states, including at the John Hartford Festival in Bean Blossom, IN and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN.

His down-to-earth teaching style and positive approach to learning music have endeared him to students far and wide. Jeff splits his time between Nashville and Chicago where he currently offers jamming classes as well as private instruction.

Jeff’s students say:

“Jeff is a great, patient teacher.”

Jeff is very passionate about music and it shows in the class. He offers positive and constructive feedback. I made huge strides in this class.

Great class, I have been recommending it to all my friends that play.”

Jeff is able to convey difficult material into manageable lessons and encourages you to build on what you’ve learned, even if uncomfortable at first. I highly recommend him!

“Jeff was very accommodating of people at different skill levels, patient with a group of varied talents.

Jeff did a very good job getting me out of my comfort zone with leading songs and attempting breaks.

Jeff worked very hard to prepare for this class and his love of music was infectious.

* 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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