Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by
Max Schwartz
using the Wernick Method*

This class has already begun


Wednesdays,
7-9:30pm
South Miami, FL
Private Residence
Tuition: $250
Max Schwartz is from Berkeley CA, currently attending the U. of Miami Frost School of Music on scholarship. He is acclaimed as both a bluegrass and jazz musician, having won the 2019 Rockygrass Banjo Competition and being a two-time member of the GRAMMY® Jazz Combo. He toured for three years with renowned bluegrass bandleader Laurie Lewis and now plays with the Stamps Jazz Quintet. Max has taught bass, banjo, fiddle, jamming, band skills, and more at bluegrass camps including the Walker Creek Music Camp, the California Bluegrass Association Youth Academy, and Fiddlekids.

Max's students say:

His enthusiasm was infectious and his knowledge boundless. He was a great teacher but more importantly, is a great guy who by nature goes the extra mile.
Max was knowledgeable, well-prepared, and patient with a very diverse group (experience-wise). Most of all, he was a lot of fun!
He comes to a class with a plan, yet is facile and skilled enough to adapt/adjust his teaching methods to meet varying needs.
Max is truly exceptional. He is an incredibly positive and patient teacher. He has just the right touch of enthusiasm combined with sincerity. Max’s love of music comes through in his teaching.
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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