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Register Now for Pete Wernick's Boulder Bluegrass Camp

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampPete Wernick, aka Dr. Banjo, writes about an exciting new bluegrass camp. Pete says, "After 35 years of camp teaching I'm excited to present my idea of an "ideal bluegrass camp": For a full week this January, pickers from California to Carolina to Germany will converge on the hospitable Boulder Inn, and work on all their bluegrass skills: not just picking, but singing; not just soloing, but backup and group dynamics. With the help of some excellent Colorado musician/teachers, we'll combine classes with lots of jam time to work on new ideas, songs, and techniques."

Scholarships Available to Pete Wernick’s Advanced Banjo Camp

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete Wernick announces the availability of two scholarships to his 2014 Advanced Banjo Camp, January 20-25 in Boulder, Colorado. The camp is geared to players in performing bands and focuses on tone, timing, “believability”, creativity, band dynamics, and performance. The scholarships are intended for pickers who would need financial help to attend the camp.

First-Ever All-Europe Jam Camp in Prague a Success In Any Language

All-Europe Jam CampPete Wernick introduced his Bluegrass Jam Camp to Europe March 22-24, with twenty-four pickers from seven countries converging for three days on the Hotel Svornost in Prague, Czech Republic. Having taught camps throughout the U.S. since 1980, Wernick saw this first Jam Camp in Europe as a forward step for bluegrass teaching.

Bluegrass Jam Class coming to Palisade Bluegrass Festival

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickDo you bring your instrument to a festival but feel shy about taking it out and actually playing with other people? You are not alone, even if it sometimes feels that way! For years I've been helping closet pickers start jamming, playing real bluegrass at slow speeds, and learning the ear skills and ensemble skills that are hard to pick up on your own. My approach has worked for so many, I am now certifying Wernick Method instructors to teach bluegrass jamming in communities nationwide.

Young Scholarship Winners to Wernick's MerleFest Jam Camp

Pete Leading Cabin Stage CampersPete Wernick announces two youngsters from western North Carolina as scholarship winners for his Bluegrass Jam Camp in Boomer, NC: Liam Purcell, 10, of Deep Gap and Kinsey Green, 14, of Boone are both multi-instrumentalists, immersed in bluegrass through families who value this tradition. Pete says, “It's good to see local kids learning the local music, and we're very glad to be able offer them this additional opportunity.”

Full Scholarship Available to Pete Wernick’s Pre-MerleFest Bluegrass Jam Camp

Pete Leading Cabin Stage CampersPete Wernick tells us of the availability of a full scholarship to his 2013 Jam Camp in Boomer, NC. The camp, open to pickers of all bluegrass instruments, runs Monday through Thursday, April 22-25, immediately prior to MerleFest. It offers both basic skills and intermediate tracks.

First All-Europe Jam Camp Expected to Sell Out

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete Wernick, who originated Bluegrass Jam Camps at Merlefest in 1999, will celebrate in late April hosting his 15th annual camp there. Just a month earlier, March 22-24, he will introduce his jam camp to Europe, taking over Prague's Hotel Svornost for three days to host pickers from over eight countries, England to Slovakia. Camp registration, half-full as of early February, is expected to sell out in advance.

Pete Wernick Announces 2013 Banjo Camp Scholarship Winner

Jacob PanicThe Stelling Banjo Scholarship to Pete (“Dr. Banjo”) Wernick’s Advanced Banjo Camp has been awarded to 26 year-old multi-instrumentalist Jacob Panic, of Baltimore, Maryland. Already a talented banjo player, singer, and songwriter, Jacob aspires to a career in bluegrass music and has recorded an album of original songs on which he plays all the instruments. Reflecting on the award, Jacob says, "I'm humbled and grateful to Pete and Stelling. Pete Wernick is one of my banjo heroes."

Scholarships Available to Pete Wernick’s Advanced Banjo Camp

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete Wernick announces the availability of two scholarships to his 2013 Advanced Banjo Camp, January 21-26 in Boulder, Colorado. The camp is geared to players in performing bands and focuses on tone, timing, “believability”, creativity, band dynamics, and performance. The scholarships are intended for pickers who would need financial help to attend the camp.

Pete's November Jam Camp in Boulder ... Special Discount Offer

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickNiwot, CO -- Pete (Dr. Banjo) Wernick's Bluegrass Jam Camp Nov. 9-11 (for pickers of all instruments) in Boulder is right around the corner. This camp is geared to the needs of novice pickers as well as those of experienced jammers. There's no camp like it anywhere! You will be jamming the first morning!

Pete Wernick’s 29th Winter Banjo Camps set for January 2013

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickSince offering the original “banjo camp” in 1984, Pete “Dr. Banjo” Wernick has conducted nearly a hundred of them, hosting over 1,500 students from around the world. In January 2013 he will host his 29th annual winter camps at the Boulder Inn in Boulder, Colorado. The camp consists of three “full-immersion” weeks: Basic Skills, Intermediate, and Advanced. Complete information is found on www.DrBanjo.com.

'Jamming is Fun and Fundamental' - Dr. Banjo Getting Traction with The Wernick Method

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete Wernick's latest project can't be faulted for being not ambitious enough. His goal? "We want to change how bluegrass music is taught." Wernick, known for four decades as "Dr. Banjo", a driving force behind the legendary Hot Rize band, and the creator of bluegrass books and videos with sales over half a million, has taken on his share of challenges.

Pete Wernick Announces Banjo Camp Scholarship Winners

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete ("Dr. Banjo") Wernick will host two scholarship winners at his January 2012 Advanced Banjo Camp. Jim Gabehart of Hinton, West Virginia, will attend thanks to the generosity of Stelling Banjo Works, and Jordan Alleman of Portland, Oregon is the recipient of donations received at last January's annual Banjo Camp concert. Jim and his wife lead a band that plays throughout the east, and Jordan, 18, will start studies at Berklee College of Music in the fall.

Pete Wernick's 28th Anniversary Winter Banjo Camps Set for January 2012

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickThe original "banjo camp", the first event billed as such, was in 1984. Since then, renowned banjo player and teacher, Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick has conducted 86 banjo camps, teaching over 1500 students from almost every state and many foreign countries. January, 2012 he will extend this string at the Boulder Inn in Boulder, Colorado. Each of the three "full-immersion" weeks is geared to different experience levels. For complete information, visit www.DrBanjo.com.

Jammers' Paradise... and Discount Special for Banjo Camp!

Dr. Banjo - Pete WernickPete (Dr. Banjo) Wernick is offering a special Jam Camp. Pete says, "Autumn is upon us, and before things in Colorado turn icy and wintery, there's a last chance to be at a beautiful location by a rushing river, in a cozy building with a nice fireplace and plenty of good chairs and sofas -- with a bunch of nice folks playing bluegrass!"

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