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Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by Michael Jockel using the Wernick Method*

Alsbach-Hähnlein, Germany

Dorfgemeinschaftshaus, Gernsheimer Straße 42, Alsbach-Hähnlein Hessen 64665

February 26, 2022

Saturday, 10am-6pm

Tuition: 50 €

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

Until further notice, all Wernick Method classes will be conducted either outdoors or in very well-ventilated indoor spaces.


Michael Jockel began playing music as a teenager, in various rock, folk, and country groups. After discovering bluegrass and the 5-string banjo at age 18, he has now performed on banjo, guitar and dobro with the German band Grass Unlimited since the ’80s. He enjoys attending bluegrass jams in Germany and Holland. Michael teaches guitar and banjo and also runs Pickin’ Rooster Recording Studio specialising in acoustic music recordings.

Michael’s students say:

“Michael’s approach is to encourage playing by ear. I used to learn tunes, now I play music.”

“It was a fantastic experience playing together, and listening to one another. The atmosphere was relaxed. Michael made sure that everyone could participate according their skills. He encouraged everybody to play a solo – thus everyone was able to contribute and the whole session was a huge success.”

“Michael is very clear and understandable. He additionally is a likeable person.”

“Michael is a great traditional Banjo player and teacher. He teaches the “Basics” and we have a lot of fun.”

“Michael Jockel is always very positive and open to all questions. The explanations were also good.”

* 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.
  • 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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