Bluegrass Jamming Camp
Taught by Sue Custer using the Wernick Method*
Friday-Saturday, Mar 3-4
Luray, VA   Page Valley Music & Art
Fri 7-10PM  •  Sat 9AM-5PM
Tuition $80

Sue Custer started music on piano and guitar. After years of playing just for her own enjoyment, she was invited to join her church band and so started at age 50 an incredible journey of learning to play in a band, eventually learning banjo, fiddle, and bass. The banjo led her into jamming and Bluegrass. Sue now plays banjo and fiddle in the Shenandoah Valley Minstrels, performing Civil War Era shows, Bluegrass/gospel, and folk shows. Sue tells her adult students--it is never too late to start learning to play music and having fun doing so!
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Sue's students say:

"Sue does a great job of making learning an instrument fun. She brings the instruction down to the student's age level and their ability. She stays positive and is very encouraging."

"Sue is very patient and creative and has aroused our son's curiosity about music."

"Because Sue's lessons are fun and I am learning new techniques--different from my previous "violin" lessons--I find I'm practicing more and enjoying it immensely!"

"Sue has patiently helped me work through my timing issues and I am starting to produce more smooth, connected music!"

Sign up now and we'll send you full information preparing you for the class and the world of jamming!
$40 payment holds your spot! ($40 due at first class)
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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 a Wernick Method class, and hear what the students and teacher 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
  • Slower tempos than usual and more repetition
  • How to follow new songs and how to lead a song
  • Learn a simple way to “fake” solos
  • 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.