Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by
Jim Penson
using the Wernick Method*
Tuition: $250
Early Signup Discount:
$10 until Apr 10!

Rescheduled from April 5-26.

$20 off for Jim's returning Wernick Method students; this discount CAN be combined with the Early Signup discount!

  • Due to health concerns, the dates shown for this and all WM classes through April are considered "tentative" -- hoped-for but subject to change.

  • We welcome you to register, whereupon you'll promptly receive a welcome email with 18 pages of student materials attached, including links to playlists of over 100 jam favorites, and plenty of good suggestions to keep you busy working on jam skills!

  • If the dates listed here for this class are changed, we will promptly update this page and notify all registrants.

  • Deposits paid while this notice is in place and class dates are listed as tentative will be fully refundable on request -- a change from our usual policy.

  • A general review at the end of March may result in further clarifications, so please check back March 31!
Jim Penson has played in many Texas bluegrass bands including the Front Porch Boys, and DeAnn Spence and Full House. A luthier who repairs and restores banjos, guitars, and mandolins, Jim also teaches banjo, mandolin, and guitar, helping students trust their ears rather than read from tablature. His classes quickly get people jamming with ease, even those with limited instrumental skills.

Jim's students say:

With Jim's teaching and support I feel confident to try taking a break even on songs I am not familiar with. He is a patient, thorough instructor and his mentoring approach has been helpful.
Jim works well with every skill level and personality type. He definitely knows how to lead a class!
Jim is skilled on all bluegrass instruments.
I'm free from tablature and can actually solo. I must give a ton of credit to Jim Penson and his Wernick style jamming. Jim is extremely patient, focuses on everyone having a good time, goes slow, and sticks to the basics
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.