Jam Class at NC State Bluegrass Festival

Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by Gilbert Nelson using the Wernick Method*
Thursday-Saturday, Aug 17-19
at the NC State Bluegrass Festival
Marion, NC
Thu 4-6PM • Fri 4-6PM • Sat 10AM-Noon
$69 in advance • $79 on site • $29 single session
(festival admission also required)

Gilbert Nelson has been a regular on the jam scene for 30 years, with a passion for jamming, performing and teaching a variety of instruments. Gilbert’s teaching is action packed and always encouraging, emphasizing fun and success, providing a safe and supportive learning environment while still finding ways to s-t-r-e-t-c-h comfort zones and bring students to a higher level of musical maturity. Gilbert leads his own band “The Jam Town Grass” as well as coaching other groups in musicianship and stagecraft.

*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
Reading skills not needed or used
Group and individualized instruction on backup skills
Understanding, low-pressure, time-tested teaching