Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by
Nelson Hiller
using the Wernick Method

This class has been cancelled

Worcester, MA
Tuition: $199

NOTE: Final class session on Nov 1 will run 5:30-9:30pm

Nelson Hiller is an experienced bluegrass and Americana musician who plays with the trio Sinner’s Pie. His main instruments are mandolin, guitar and upright bass. Nelson enjoys helping less experienced players and has conducted Slow Jam workshops at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and Gibson Hill Bluegrass Festival. He also runs slow jams for Rhode Island Bluegrass Association.

Nelson's students say:

Nelson is a great jam leader. He excels at putting jammers at ease and builds their confidence, allowing them to concentrate on enjoying the music.
He never loses sight of the fact that he was once an outsider looking in at bluegrass jams. This informs his approach to teaching and helps him connect with students.
Nelson's passion for teaching is clear as soon as you meet him. He is clear and easy to understand and he makes jammers feel comfortable taking chances.
Nelson's patience and ability to notice where members of the group needed advice was a huge help.
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.