Bluegrass Jamming Camp
Taught by
Kristin Scott & Wayne Benson
using the Wernick Method
Friday-Sunday,

Fri 5-8pm  ·  Sat 9am-8:30pm  ·  Sun 9am-3pm
Spartanburg, SC
Converse College (Wilson Hall)
Tuition: $195

Next 2 bass players get a 50% discount!
Next 2 guitar players get a $75 discount!

Banjo players! All banjo slots currently filled. For our waitlist policy, click here.


9-noon Sunday is optional class time to allow churchgoers not to miss important content, but will include a mini-concert by Wayne and Kristin, general Q & A, hymn singing, and individual help.

Kristin Scott & Wayne Benson are both certified Wernick Method teachers. Kristin is 4-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year and known for her taste, timing, and tone, and for being a true team player. One of the first females to work in a top-tier bluegrass band, The Grascals, she has performed on The Tonight Show, The Talk, almost 200 times on the Grand Ole Opry, and in concerts for two U.S. Presidents. Wayne is 5-time SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year, and in addition to full-time performing with IIIrd Tyme Out he records, freelances, and teaches online and in-person lessons.

Kristin & Wayne's students say:

Kristin has a genuine warmth that makes you try hard and lures you into believing "I can do this."
Her easy nature and quick wit had me completely at ease. I am somehow left with a previously unknown desire to practice.
I was intimidated by Kristin's talent but from the first, she truly welcomed me.
Wayne immediately put me at ease. He has a very calm manner and it's easy to tell he spends his days teaching.
Wayne is my favorite mandolin player and I soon found that he's as good at teaching as he is playing.
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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