Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by Ira Gitlin using the Wernick Method*
Sundays, Mar 5-Apr 2 (ex. 3/12) 1-5PM
Vienna, VA Private residence
NOTE: second class session (March 19) will run from 2:30-6:30pm.
Ira Gitlin is widely known and respected in Washington-Baltimore music circles as a versatile multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and writer. A winner of the National Bluegrass Banjo Championship at Winfield, he has also performed with such nationally known performers as the Johnson Mountain Boys, Laurie Lewis, and Peter Rowan. Ira has taught at many camps and workshops, helping students master the basic skills that will make them a welcome presence at any jam session.
*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
Sunday, Mar. 05 - Sunday, Apr. 02
Sun. Mar. 5th: 1pm - 5pm
Sun. Mar. 19th: 2:30pm - 6:30pm
Sun. Mar. 26th: 1pm - 5pm
Sun. Apr. 2nd: 1pm - 5pm
Vienna, Virginia, 22180