Bluegrass Jamming Camp
Taught by
Larry Kernagis
using the Wernick Method*
Friday-Sunday,

Fri 6-9pm  ·  Sat 9am-4pm  ·  Sun 9am-2pm
Pensacola (Navarre), FL
Tuition: $250

Larry's returning Wernick Method students pay only $225!


  • We welcome you to register and promptly receive 18 pages of useful student materials, with access to video playlist of 116 jam favorites and great ways to work on jam skills!
  • If dates of this class change, we will promptly update this page and notify all registrants to switch their registration if the new dates work for them. If they don’t work a full refund will be given.
  • Deposits fully refundable on request until 7 days pre-class -- a change from our usual policy.
  • Watch our class listing, always updated, and go here to be notified of future classes.

To minimize virus exposure, until further notice:

  • Wernick Method classes/camps are held either outdoors or in well-ventilated indoor spaces.
  • 6' distancing at all times; masks advised.
  • Prior temperature screening, hand washing, disinfecting of common surfaces (doorknobs, faucet handles, etc.), disinfectant on hand and used readily.
  • No loud singing; microphones provided with separate simple sleeves for each singer.
Larry Kernagis was raised during the folk revival era of the 60s, cutting his chops on Flatt & Scruggs and the Kingston Trio. Eventually, he became a banjo instructor at the famed Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. Larry has led Bluegrass jams at festivals across the country for the past 30 years. He now employs his banjo, guitar and vocal skills entertaining with "greengrass" Celtic group Def Leprechaun.

Larry's students say:

Larry was an excellent instructor. Patient and kind, he brought the music to life and gave me the tools to do the same.
Larry encouraged us to try and get beyond our fears and try different things. He is very patient.
When I was young I was a classically trained violinist, but Larry taught me to play music with the other half of my brain...It's been a great experience.
I really feel like I improved and am now able to jam with almost anyone.
All registrants receive a coupon code for $10 off any Jam DVD!
Once we receive your deposit we'll contact you via email with camp 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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