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Bluegrass Jam Class

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Taught by Paul Dube & Erin Dube using the Wernick Method*

Pawtucket, RI at a private residence on outdoor deck

Vaccinations required; see “precautions” below.

Saturdays, Sep 11 – Oct 16, 2021

12:30-4:30pm each Saturday; no class on Sep 18

Tuition: $195 for 5 sessions

$10 off if you in register by Aug 11. $20 discount for Paul & Erin’s returning students; discounts can’t be combined. $50 deposit holds your spot; 50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.

  • Vaccines are required for this class.
  • Masks are not required per CDC/ state guidelines for vaccinated individuals.
  • Both instructors are fully vaccinated.
  • This class will be conducted outdoors, with a well-ventilated rain location, with space heaters for both settings as needed.
  • With these measures taken, we expect that all can relax and enjoy the class!

Paul Dube and Erin Dube teach as a team. Paul plays bluegrass, folk, blues, Irish, Cajun and old-time music on guitar, accordion, mandolin and harmonica. He has played in numerous performing bands and has led slow jam workshops at the Joe Val and Podunk festivals, and since 2003 the jamming program at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival.

Erin grew up going to bluegrass jams with her father and over the years learned to play guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and upright bass. Now an English Professor, she combines her love for teaching with her love for music in the Wernick Method.

Paul and Erin’s students say:

“Paul is very talented and very personable. He takes time to go over things and makes sure everybody understands before he moves on.”

“Erin was magnificent. She so cut to the chase and made it all make sense.”

“Atmosphere of the class is EXCELLENT!!! Very relaxed. One of the most enjoyable classes I’ve ever had.”

“Erin was an amazing teacher. Had she taught me in middle school I would have had less anxiety and would not have quit.”

“Paul is a very encouraging, caring instructor who challenges us without overwhelming us. I feel safe to try things with this group.”

“An excellent class taught professionally by both Paul and Erin. Truly a thumbs up experience …”

“This was the best class so far. I am actually singing at jams now.”

“I’ve been wanting to play more with others but feeling very intimidated. This was a safe encouraging place to start. Loved it!”

“I appreciate the thoughtfulness that Paul and Erin put into every minute of every class. They sincerely seem to love teaching.”

* 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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