Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by John Holenko & Hazel Ketchum using the Wernick Method*
Tuesdays, Oct 17-Dec 12 (ex. 10/31) 7-9PM
Charleston, SC   Hungry Monk Music
Tuition $175

John Holenko & Hazel Ketchum own and run Charleston's popular folk music school Hungry Monk Music -- a place to gather with friends and be encouraged to explore a lifelong love of music. The pair teach Bluegrass, Irish music, singing, songwriting, guitar, mandolin and folk dance forms at camps in Charleston, Boston and Maine. Hazel and John play in numerous bands and perform and record with their own band The Hungry Monks. John has published several books with Mel Bay and Hazel has created recordings for children. Hazel also teaches music at The Cooper School and Oak Grove Montessori in Charleston.
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John Holenko & Hazel's students say:

"Hazel and John are approachable and supportive teachers for all levels of students, particularly beginners. They have an easy going nature which helps break down barriers. Their love for the music and desire to teach comes through in everything they do."

"No matter your age or skill level John and Hazel encourage, gently guide, and find the joy in making music."

"I have a blast playing guitar and singing with John and Hazel. With John's patience and instruction and Hazel's skill as a voice coach, I feel like I have a couple of great jam coaches."

"We look forward to the jam sessions with Hazel and John all month! Both are incredibly patient, knowledgeable, and encouraging. I wish I had learned to play music like this."

Sign up now and we'll send you full information preparing you for the class and the world of jamming!
$50 payment holds your spot! ($125 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
  • 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.