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Bluegrass Jam Class

Taught by Pete & Joan Wernick using the Wernick Method

Lyons, CO at the RockyGrass Bluegrass Festival

Wildflower Pavilion at the Planet Bluegrass Ranch, 500 W Main St, Lyons, CO 80540

Sat, July 24, 2021, Noon-1:15pm

Tuition: FREE!! Festival admission is required.

Assisted by Kevin Slick


Pete Wernick of Niwot, CO is renowned worldwide for his accomplishments and contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize, innovative teacher and author, songwriter, and long-term President of the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Pete was the original pioneer of bluegrass music camps in the early 1980s. Having since taught about 200 camps in about half of the U.S. states and three other countries, he continues to host several per year, including a Colorado Banjo Camp this August, still taking registrations.

In 2010, he launched the Wernick Method of teaching bluegrass jamming which as of 2021 has certified over 100 teachers offering classes in 46 states and 11 countries. See Pete’s full bio.

Joan, also known to music fans as “Nondi”, has sung with various groups in Colorado and hosted a bluegrass radio show on KGNU Boulder since 1978. Her natural sparkle and the couple’s on-stage repartee adds an extra dimension to their duet performances. Bluegrass Now magazine said, “Joan’s singing is guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of any bluegrass traditionalist.”

Pete and Joan’s students say:

“I have never had so much valuable information and real teaching in such a short period of time.”

“Pete Wernick is a master teacher with decades of experience in promoting and advancing bluegrass education at all levels. His methods seriously address the fact that most pickers quit while still at a beginning level due to the use of ineffective materials and methods. His approach quickly leads one to becoming an independent and successful learner.”

“I have been waiting to start playing real bluegrass with people for quite a while, and now I can.”

“Joan always has a smile and an up-beat presence. Her knowledge of this music is to be commended.”

“I left this session feeling really proud of the progress I have made as a bluegrass musician, and since Joan was my coach my first year at camp, I credit her with giving me a great start.

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, email office@letspick.org.

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