Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by
John Treacy
using the Wernick Method*
Saturdays,
1-4:30pm
Olympia, WA
Private Residence
Tuition: $195
Early Signup Discount:
$10 until Dec 11!
John Treacy of Olympia, Washington plays mandolin and guitar with the Late For Dinner String Band, singing lead and harmony vocals. Since the ‘90s he has performed in numerous bands, playing a mix of old time, bluegrass, and other acoustic string music. John teaches mandolin and has offered workshops on jamming and bluegrass repertoire at Walker Creek Music Camp, California Bluegrass Association’s Summer Music Camp, and the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. For 16 years, John was part of the leadership of the California Coast Music Camp.

John's students say:

John is not only a fantastic musician, but an incredibly patient teacher whose unflappable nature helps to create a very safe environment to learn new skills.
John's teaching was very well organized. His familiarity with a vast range of tunes was clear in his response to more advanced players, and his inviting good nature had beginners singing and playing along.
John is a teacher by nature, and it shows in his generosity of spirit, his patience, and in the way he encourages growth without making you feel rushed.
... a patient, knowing, flexible, instructor with a willingness to give each student the help they need. He's calm, reassuring, and encouraging. In other words, a great teacher and a great musician.
John is relaxed and responsive in encouraging my growth and the challenges I'm working with.
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.

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