Making Music Magazine is a glossy, bi-monthly print publication dedicated to the amateur musician and the pursuit of their musical goals. Now in their third year, the magazine means to provide stories of inspiration as well as tips to assist folks whose primary career is outside of music – and help them have fun learning to play.
They describe a typical issue thusly:
Read stories about music makers from all walks of life, learn about the latest medical research into the benefits of making music, discover tips to make you learn better and get the most out of your hobby, and much more.
The March/April 2007 issue has a feature about taking on a musical instrument in retirement, which has its focus Pete Wernick’s jam camps, which provide new pickers the skills and the opportunity to play with other musicians in a controlled environment. They interview a number of Pete’s jam campers about their experiences, both at the camp, and in learning to play later in life.
The article also include some comments from Pete, and a nice overview of why bluegrass music appeals to a growing number of people. It also features a number of photos taken at a jam session held at the home of actor/comedian and banjo picker, Steve Martin. Pete was in attendance, as was Martin’s fellow actor/comedian Martin Mull, who is also an accomplished musician.