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Bluegrass Jam Camp

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Taught by Leslie Dare & Susan West using the Wernick Method*

Jefferson, NC at the Ashe County Bluegrass & Old-Time Fiddlers Convention

Ashe County Park, 527 Ashe Park Road, Jefferson, NC 28640

Fri-Sun, July 22-24, 2022

Friday 1-5pm; Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 9am-noon

Tuition: $195

Includes admission to convention and Saturday lunch. $10 off through July 1; $10 discount for family members; discounts can be combined. $50 deposit holds your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.

You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.


Leslie Dare & Susan West have found great synergy in working together to teach others the essentials of bluegrass jamming. Both grew up with music but after being musically inactive for many years, both joined the bluegrass community through their experiences at camps run by Pete and Joan Wernick, re-discovering the joys of music later in life. Leslie plays guitar and Susan plays mandolin, bass, and guitar. They are both active in the Raleigh, NC-area jamming scene, including regular participation with the Raleigh chapter of the Handsome Ladies.

Leslie and Susan’s students say:

“Susan and Leslie’s warm & welcoming teaching style helped me do something a little scary in each class which made me a better player.”
“Leslie is a talented, welcoming leader who makes jamming fun for everyone, regardless of their level of proficiency.”
“The most enjoyable learning experience I have ever had.”
“I feel so much better equipped to jam now. Y’all are the best!”
“Susan West and Leslie Dare are the best group music instructors I’ve ever experienced. I went from feeling nervous/uncomfortable about taking breaks and improvising, to feeling confident and capable.”
“Leslie and Susan were so organized and helpful. They do a great job of gently urging a student to try something new. I learned a lot and had a great time.”

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