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Bluegrass Jam Class

Taught by Michelle Wallace using the Wernick Method*

Huntington, WV at the Fly In Festival

6090 Kyle Lane, Huntington, WV 25702

August 27-28, 2021

Friday and Saturday, 11am-2pm

Tuition: $55 for 2 sessions, or $30 per session

$5 off if you in register in advance; festival admission required. $30 deposit reserves your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.


Michelle Wallace has been active in bluegrass music for more than 20 years. Promoting bluegrass music in eastern Kentucky has been a way of life and goal for her. Hosting the “Bluegrass Sunday” radio program for over 10 years on WMKY and leading her own band, Hazel Holler, has kept her involved with bluegrass music in Kentucky.

Michelle has studied at Morehead State University’s Traditional Music Program and assisted Pete Wernick with his jam camp in Morehead.

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Michelle’s students say:

“Always positive and encouraging.”

“Easy to understand.”

“Fun for the beginner student as well as the advanced pickers.”

“Taught me a lot about bluegrass music and how to use a capo.”

“Makes learning fun.”

* 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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