Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by
Nate Schwartz and Grant Milliken
using the Wernick Method
Tuesdays,
(ex. 4/2)
6:30-9pm
Los Angeles, CA
Private residence
Tuition: $275

Close to 405/10 Freeways and Westwood Station on Metro Expo Line

Nate Schwartz and Grant Milliken have played music together since 2010, performing bluegrass as well as jazz, rock, and R&B in some of LA's most prestigious venues. Nate grew up playing mandolin and singing with his family bluegrass band, Oak Grove, recording two records and playing major California bluegrass festivals. Grant—along with 15 years playing acoustic guitar—is an in-demand keyboardist and record producer, helping bands shape their sound and create compelling performances. Nate and Grant live just north of Culver City, where they record, host concerts and jam sessions, and teach out of their homes.

Nate and Grant's students say:

Grant follows a 'learning music should be fun' philosophy. Even explaining something technical, he doesn’t rely on jargon to get his point across.
Nate has a deep love and knowledge of music, yet is very patient and thorough in his explanation of concepts!
Grant always finds exciting ways to tie his lessons back to fundamentals, very helpful as I develop my musicianship.
When Nate showed me how to solo using the melody it was like a lightbulb went on in my brain! No more jam sessions dreading my turn for a solo ...
Grant has really helped me so I can play with other musicians and know the 'lingo'.
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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