Workshops

Our workshops are designed for musicians of all levels, but may be described as being more appropriate for certain levels. Regardless, everyone is welcome to attend our workshops and sidestage events which also include some jamming opportunities and experience our talented lineup in a more informal and more intimate way. Workshops are 45 minutes unless noted.

Friday

Navajo Ramada  
2:00 Intermediate level Bluegrass Jam with Cabel Breckenridge
3:15 Let’s swing with the Pings a look at swing chord progressions
Commercial Building
1:00 Luthiers Pro Tips with Bobby Winteringham &  Bill Burke
2:15 Tiny Boat Concert with The Colton House Trio 
3:30 Sugar & the Mint (formerly Generation) performance & tips for band contest entries
Commercial Building Fine Arts Wing
1:00 – 2:30  Old Time Fiddling with John Kennedy, all levels

Saturday

Navajo Ramada  
7:00 9:00  Boy Scout Troop 39 Breakfast Fundraiser 
10:00 Kanikapila – All Levels Traditional Hawaiian Jam with David Wayne
11:15 Songwriting Inspired by Mountains & Rivers with Rapidgrass
12:30 Kid’s Concert & Sing Along with The Earthtones
2:00 Flatpicking & Rhythm Guitar Basics for Duets with Chris Brashear & Peter McLaughlin
Commercial Building
9:30 – 11:30  Band Contest First Round
12:00 Balsam Range Telling stories in songs
1:15 Burnett Family Bluegrass Together Again
2:30 Upright Bass Workshop with Todd Phillips
Commercial Building Fine Arts Wing
9:00 – 12:00  Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam Class with Rick Sparks
12:00 – 1:30  Old Time Fiddling with John Kennedy, all levels  

Sunday

Navajo Ramada  
7:00 9:00  Boy Scout Troop 39 Breakfast Fundraiser  
12:30 Kid’s Concert & Sing Along with The Earthtones
Commercial Building
11:00  Tim O’Brien songs and stories
12:15 Guitar Workshop with Tyler Grant of Drew Emmitt Band
Commercial Building Fine Arts Wing
9:00 – 12:00  Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam Class with Rick Sparks

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Wernick Method
Bluegrass Jamming Class

Taught by Rick Sparks using The Wernick Method
Saturday & Sunday, Sep 16-17
9am-noon

Assisted by Karen Roemmich

• All bluegrass instruments
• No jamming experience necessary
• You will be jamming the first session!

$75 for both days or $40 per Session
*festival admission also required
Sign up online and pay only $65!

DO YOU QUALIFY?
It’s easier than you may think! If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro… you can be part of a bluegrass jam.

Only requirements: You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. (Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords) Fast playing is not expected, nor is the ability to solo required.

Click here to sign up.

Rick Sparks is equally at home playing banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro and pedal steel guitar, and singing either lead or harmony. He has developed a reputation as an outstanding teacher on all of his instruments and currently has over 30 students under his wing.

Pete Wernick (“Dr. Banjo”, originator of Banjo Camps and Bluegrass Jam Camps) has created a method that has taught thousands nationwide how to fit into bluegrass music jams at their own level. Wernick Method teachers are personally certified by Pete based on their knowledge of bluegrass, teaching in general, and teaching bluegrass according to his methods.

Visit bgjam.com and click on Jam Classes.

Photos by Gene Balzer

Photos by Gene Balzer

Photo by Kenneth A. Walters