26 July 2015

Register for Jam Camp in West Cork, 6-8 Nov. 2015!

The BIB editor writes:

Time for another reminder about the news the BIB published in February this year and again early last month: registration is open for the Bluegrass Jam Camp using the Wernick Method, taught by Larry Kernagis (photo), which will be held at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, Co. Cork, on the weekend 6-8 November 2015.

This is the first Wernick Method Jam Camp to be held in Ireland (in the second half of 2015, two other Camps are scheduled in Europe: in France and the Czech Republic, with other leaders). Many of us have already felt the benefit of learning from 'Dr Banjo' Pete Wernick himself. His 'Jam Camp' system, focused on the essential skill of playing with others (which can bring about a quantum leap in one's playing), is now spreading into a worldwide network.

Larry Kernagis is a certified Wernick Method teacher for Alabama and Tennessee. In June he was leading a Jam Class at Hancock, MA; this month a Jam Camp in Effingham, IL; and in October another Jam Class in Maggie Valley, NC. He has thirty years experience of leading jam sessions, as well as teaching at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago (where Greg Cahill and Michael Miles also teach). He plays in the Def Leprechaun band and the Don't Be Brothers duo.

Full details of the Roscarbery Camp are on Dr Banjo's website - where the blurb says: 'Closet pickers, this is for you! • All bluegrass instruments welcome • No jamming experience necessary • You will be jamming the first morning!' - and also on this flyer. While the Wernick Method makes it as easy as possible for pickers on any and all of the bluegrass instruments to jam together, the Jam Camp is not intended for absolute beginners, but the only requirements are as follows:

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.) Fast playing is not expected, nor is the ability to solo required.

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