Workshop Schedule

The Workshop Schedule will be announced closer to the festival.

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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 side stage events which also include some jamming opportunities and experience our talented lineup in a more informal and more intimate way. All are welcome to attend. Workshops are 1 hour unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.

Wernick Method Bluegrass Jamming Class

Taught by Rick Sparks using The Wernick Method
Saturday & Sunday, Sep 14-15, 2024

Assisted by Karen Roemmich

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

$85 in advance
$95 onsite
Or $50 per session
Save $10 by registering and paying in advance.
You will be sent the full set of of student materials as soon as you register.

50% refundable for cancellations more than one month in advance.
Festival admission required in addition to class tuition.


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.

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.