Dave Benway started picking rhythm guitar and singing on tailgates, fields, and around campfires some 15 years ago. Bluegrass festivals throughout New England became a passionate summertime experience, with jamming always a highlight. In 2010 Dave formed the VT-based band "Chasing 440" from fellow parking-lot pickers who stepped out of the field and onto the stage, performing locally. The transition to Wernick Method jam teaching is a natural evolution of his musical direction. Dave makes no pretense about his instrumental skills: he will tell you that he makes the most of the gifts he has.
Dave's students say:
“Dave always encourages folks of all ability levels to join in the jam with a big smile on his face. He wants everyone to enjoy themselves.”
“Dave was so encouraging! He convinced me to let go of my inhibitions and go for it!”
“I had a deer-in-the-headlight experience, Dave sang the notes in my ear as I played what he sang. Quick and effective!”
“Dave is a great fun leader of jams. Besides singing great he really makes sure everyone is on board understanding where we are in the jam”