Silver Bay, NY – WM Bluegrass Jam Camp with Pete Wernick – begins 6/21/19

Wernick Method Bluegrass Jamming Camp
Taught by Pete Wernick
Friday, June 21-Wednesday, June 26 9:00am-5:00pm
Silver Bay, NY Silver Bay YMCA Center
Tuition $425

For best selection of on-site housing call Silver Bay soon: 518-543-8833, ext 350.

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Choose full-day or morning-only program:

Only $425 / $270 for five days!
(repeat attendees: full-day $395 if registered and full payment received by Jan 7 2019: Deposit of $100 plus $295 payment by check to: Dr. Banjo 7930 Oxford Rd. Niwot, CO 80503)

– Camp-“lite” (9am-12:30pm only, $270/week) includes: Daily classes for banjo, guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, bass… AND… Coached small groups: Beginner slow jams, all the way to advanced band coaching

– Full Day (includes Afternoon program: 2-5pm, only $155 extra): Daily classes on harmony singing, slow jamming, songwriting, practice “boot camp”, band lab, more!

– Full performing bands – special discounts! For band members registering together, to work together as a band throughout the week: $75.00 off each member’s registration fee. Band members must first contact Pete as a group, for approval of the group members’ band discount, and then they can each register with the discount.

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Instructional content

– Daily instrument classes, instruction at all levels
Coached small groups, all levels
Harmony singing taught daily

– For novice jammers
Same content and requirements as a typical Pete Wernick Jam Camp:
To attend, you must be able to tune your instrument (with electronic tuner) and change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. Fast playing is not expected, nor is the ability to solo required. No tab or music reading.
Learn how to follow new songs, lead songs, fake solos, find melodies on your instrument, sing in tune. Learn the number system and jam etiquette.

– For intermediate level jammers
(able to follow chord changes, take simple solos on the fly, willing/able to sing). You will be coached in skill-matched groups. Harmony singing, backup instruction, creating good solos, rehearsed or on-the-fly.

– For organized bands
“Band lab”, band cohesion, rehearsal guidance, stagecraft including working with sound systems, band decision-making, “how to make a band work”.

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Silver Bay YMCA Conference Center offers:

Accommodations choices some with private bath, some as low as $60/night. Rate includes all meals and activities. 35-55% off for kids, under 6 free! All-site Wifi.

Activities! Swimming, boating, tennis, crafts, gym, shop, hiking trails, volleyball, archery, family programs, faculty concert. Licensed day camp every morning.

Night fun! Campfires, movies, karaoke, late sunsets.

24/7 staffed front desk

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Scholarships available!

We now have $800 scholarships available, for full tuition plus $375 toward accommodations and meals. If you know anyone who “ought to” attend our camp, but is financially pinched, please encourage him/her to apply.

Send application by email to describing experience and goals in bluegrass, and the nature of the financial need.

Skill level is not as big a factor as interest in learning and economic limitations.

Veterans and youngsters given extra consideration.
Deadline for applications is May 31, with all applicants notified by the following week.

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If you still have questions feel free to email us at