Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by
Bruce Gair
using the Wernick Method

This class has already begun

Haymarket, VA
Private residence
Tuition: $175

Lunch included   •   Assisted by Ethan Porter

Bruce Gair lives in Haymarket, VA, and has picked 5-string Bluegrass banjo for over 40 years, starting while stationed in South America with the foreign service. Upon his return to the US, he took up teaching kids banjo for free. A retired trial lawyer, he has taught for the Fairfax County Recreation Dep’t, at music stores and now privately. He has conducted Bluegrass workshops at his home and at music stores in Virginia. Still working to hone Bluegrass skills, Bruce presently studies with bluegrass great David McLaughlin.

Bruce's students say:

Bruce excels at teaching a combination of fundamentals, practical techniques, music theory, and when appropriate, advanced skills. Most importantly, he does it in a way that makes the learning process fun.
A wonderful teacher, always offering words of encouragement.
He is very patient. It is obvious that he loves music and loves to teach. I'm playing songs I never thought I would be doing. I owe all this to Bruce.
Bruce has an infectious and obvious passion which make learning all that easier and more fun. I struggled and almost gave up before I found Bruce. Thanks to his depth of knowledge, patience and enthusiasm, I am extremely satisfied.
He is the best! I am still amazed at the patience he has always shown with someone like me who has far more stamina than talent.
All registrants receive a coupon code for $10 off any Jam DVD!
Once we receive your deposit 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 expected!
  • Music reading not needed or used
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
  • Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.
  • Intermediates welcome, and given added challenges

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]

For ALL instruments!

Watch a class, and hear what 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
  • 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.