Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by Jeff Burke using the Wernick Method*
Thursday-Saturday, Jun 1-3
at the John Hartford Memorial Festival  
Bean Blossom, IN
Thu 11AM-1PM  •  Fri 11AM-1PM  •  Sat 11AM-1PM
$75 in advance  •  $85 on site   •  $30 single session
(festival admission also required)

Jeff Burke has been a professional musician for over 15 years, specializing in mandolin, guitar, and banjo. As half of the duo Jeff & Vida, he has performed thousands of shows around the US and Europe. Jeff's down-to-earth teaching and positive approach to playing and learning music have endeared him to students in classes and workshops far and wide, including at both The Country Music Hall of Fame and the Station Inn in Nashville.
Email Jeff   •   Watch Jeff play   •   Not sure if you're ready? Consult with Jeff

Jeff's students say:

"Jeff is a great, patient teacher."

"Jeff is a wonderful instructor. He is very passionate about music and it shows through in the class. He offers both positive and constructive feedback. I made huge strides in this eight week class."

"Wish I had taken this class years ago! It has helped me a lot and motivated me to go to more jams and participate."

"Great class, I have been recommending it to all my friends that play."

"Jeff has a true passion for the music he teaches. He is able to convey difficult material into manageable lessons and encourages you to build on what you've learned, even if it feels uncomfortable at first. I would highly recommend him to anyone!"

"Jeff was very accommodating of people at different skill levels, patient with a group of varied talents."

"Jeff did a very good job getting me out of my comfort zone with leading songs and attempting breaks."

Sign up now and we'll send you full information preparing you for the class and the world of jamming!
$75 in advance (festival admission also required)
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All registrants receive a coupon code for $10 off any Jam DVD!

Once we receive your payment, we'll contact you via email with class preparation info.
Prefer to pay with check or money order? Email [email protected] for details.
50% of payment refunded if you cancel more than one month in advance.

  • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • No jamming experience necessary
  • You will be jamming the first class!
  • Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
  • Mistakes allowed!
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
  • Soloing not required! "Faking" solos taught.

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 [email protected]

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Watch Jeff teach a Wernick Method class, and hear what his students say!

Wernick Method Classes teach real bluegrass jamming!
  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups
  • Learn many bluegrass standards
  • Gentle tempos! Mistakes expected!
  • 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
  • Reading skills not needed or used
  • Group and individualized instruction on backup skills
  • Understanding, low-pressure, time-tested teaching

Pete Wernick ("Dr. Banjo", originator of Banjo Camps and Bluegrass Jam Camps) has created a method based on his years of experience teaching jamming.

Wernick Method teachers are certified by Pete based on knowledge of bluegrass, teaching ability, and proper use of the Wernick Method.

Practice jamming at home!

17 songs, just 4 chords and SLOW tempos. This DVD will help you prepare for your first jam class.