Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by
Chris Armstrong
using the Wernick Method*

Sorry to say, this class has been cancelled. Please see this page for other jam class opportunities in your region.


Sundays,
2-4:30pm
Owensboro, KY (canceled)
Tuition: $195

This class has been postponed, new dates TBA. If you'd like to be notified when it is rescheduled, please share your contact information .


Safety precautions to be taken at this class:

  • All Wernick Method classes/camps will be conducted either outdoors or in very well-ventilated indoor spaces.
  • Safe 6' distancing at all times
  • Temperature screening of all participants upon arrival, followed by all washing hands
  • Prior disinfecting of common surfaces (doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, etc.)
  • Student materials (all paper) will not touched, except by just-washed hands, for at least 24 hours before distribution.
  • Anything handed from one participant to another (such as a borrowed tuner or capo) will be disinfected before transfer.
  • With these measures taken, we expect that all can relax and enjoy the class!
Chris Armstrong is a multi-instrumentalist who has performed and taught private and group lessons for over fifteen years, and is now teaching at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. He can be seen playing guitar, banjo, mandolin or bass on the KET television program, The Lanham Brothers Jamboree and has played bass on the Kentucky Opry. Chris currently performs in the local production of the Steve Martin musical ”Bright Star.”

Chris's students say:

An excellent teacher! As a professional musician he is passionate about music and knows his stuff! And is still patient with students.
Chris Armstrong really has a passion for music! He truly engages the learner, helping them to take their musical ability to the next level!
Chris is a great teacher! He believes in his students and does anything he can to help his students with their learning.
Amazing talent and patience. I would recommend anyone wanting to play a stringed instrument to him.
Chris is a wonderful instructor! He is able to teach a variety of ages, skill levels and instruments. We feel so lucky to have Chris as an instructor!
All registrants receive a coupon code for $10 off any Jam DVD!
The Wind Gap Bluegrass Festival, and this class, have been postponed, new dates TBA. If you'd like to be notified of when the camp gets rescheduled, please share your contact information at https://drbanjo.com/rescheduled-class-notification.
  • 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.

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