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Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by KC Groves using the Wernick Method*

Lyons, CO at Western Stars Gallery Building

160 E. Main Street, Lyons, CO 80540

Saturdays, May 1-22, 2021

1-5pm each Saturday

Tuition: $200 for 4 sessions

$20 off for KC’s returning WM students. $50 deposit holds your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.

  • All Wernick Method classes/camps will be conducted either outdoors or in very well-ventilated indoor spaces.
  • Safe 6′ distancing at all times
  • Temperature screening of all participants upon arrival, followed by all washing hands
  • Prior disinfecting of common surfaces (doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, etc.)
  • Anything handed from one participant to another (such as a borrowed tuner or capo) will be disinfected before transfer.
  • With these measures taken, we expect that all can relax and enjoy the class!

KC Groves is an accomplished instrumentalist (mandolin, guitar, bass), vocalist and songwriter at the forefront of Colorado’s bluegrass scene. As bandleader of the popular group Uncle Earl for over a decade, she helped bring old-time music to major festival stages in the United States and abroad.

Along with founding the successful High Street Concert series in Lyons, KC has spearheaded the long-running weekly bluegrass jam at Oskar Blues and is a member of the Colorado Bluegrass Music Society’s Hall Of Honor.

KC’s students say:

“KC has the ability to connect with students at all levels of musical ability. She is incredibly supportive in jams. Most importantly, she makes it all fun.”

“KC helped me understand the basics of singing bluegrass harmonies. I put them to work immediately at the local weekly jam.”

“KC’s musical expertise, her experience as a performer, and in-depth knowledge of the Colorado bluegrass scene, gives the feel of a “master class” for even the newest pickers.”

“KC is a wealth of knowledge and has a passion for sharing that knowledge with students of all ages in a way that is both fun and very informative.”

“KC is skilled and sensitive and a great teacher”

* 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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  • We welcome you to register and promptly receive 18 pages of useful student materials, with access to video playlist of 116 jam favorites and great ways to work on jam skills!
  • If dates of this class change, we will promptly update this page and notify all registrants to switch their registration if the new dates work for them. If they don’t work a full refund will be given.
  • Deposits fully refundable on request until 7 days pre-class — a change from our usual policy.
  • Watch our class listing, always updated, and go here to be notified of future classes.


50% of your deposit refundable on request if you cancel more than one month in advance.

4 Responses

  1. Jim mc millan
    | Reply

    What other bluegrass camps are you offering in the fall, we will be out of CO for the summer (in AK). Would really like to come to a b/g camp or festival in the fall.

    • Leslie Dare
      | Reply

      Hi, Jim. Thanks for checking in with us! Are you looking for something within easy driving of your CO location, or are you willing to travel to other parts of the country?

      Thanks,
      Leslie Dare, Manager
      Wernick Method Office

  2. Kristin Anderson
    | Reply

    Bummer. Can’t make this session, but definitely would love to check out another class in the future! Keep ’em coming!

    • Leslie Dare
      | Reply

      Kristin, sorry this one won’t work. Hopefully there will be something before long that works with your schedule. We’re all SOOOOO very ready to get back to it! In the meantime, stay safe and keep pickin’!

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