Rick Sparks is equally at home playing banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro and pedal steel guitar, and singing either lead or harmony. He has developed a reputation as an outstanding teacher on all of his instruments, with over 30 students currently under his wing in his home base of Reno, NV — as well as traveling throughout the west and southwest presenting Wernick Method jam camps.

“Great class, Great fun!”
“Rick is so patient and generous with his time and expertise.”
“You know how to put people at ease!”
“Our group 'final' really showcased how everyone had improved and how much fun we all had.”
“Rick’s gentle yet persuasive nature is perfect for managing a jam class.”
“It was a very positive experience that fully met my expectations.”
“Rick did a superb job of teaching a mixed group of mostly beginners (I am one) and intermediate musicians to jam.”
“Rick got us to make music together by the end of the first class–it seemed miraculous to me.”
“The most balanced class/workshop I have ever attended, with the right amount of teaching, playing, and material covered.”
“I am learning a lot and most importantly having a good time. The instructor and assistant are enjoyable and patient which creates an atmosphere conducive to learning.”

Reno, NV

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