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. All are welcome to attend. Workshops are 1 hour unless otherwise noted. Schedule subject to change.

Friday

Navajo Ramada

  • 12:30 Bluegrass Banjo Techniques with master player Alex Genova (Fireside Collective)

Yavapai Ramada

  • All Day Open Jamming Zone

Workshop Tent Stage
Located next to the Commercial Building

  • 12:00 Luthier Workshop hosted by Ryan Elewaut of Solstice Guitars & Bobby Wintringham of San Juan Mandolins
  • 1:30 Mandolin Workshop with Chris Brashear & Friends
  • 3:00 Stillhouse Junkies Arranging bluegrass for ensembles

Saturday

Navajo Ramada

  • 9:00 – 12:00  Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam Class* with Rick Sparks (see below)
  • 12:00 Songwriting Workshop with Chris Brashear & Peter McLaughlin (Colton House Trio/Sonoran Dogs), focus on Southwest themes
  • 1:30 Intermediate – Advanced Bluegrass Jam lead by Richard Brown (Lost Highway)
  • 3:00 Old Time Banjo Techniques with Cody Tinnen and Daniel Bohlman (Stillhouse Junkies/SLO County Stumblers)

Yavapai Ramada

  • 11:00 FFOTM Young Jammers Introduction Workshop learn about this program that teaches kids ages 9–14 how to play music together on bluegrass instruments

Workshop Tent Stage
Located next to the Commercial Building

  • 9:00 – 11:00  Band Contest First Round
  • 12:00 John Reischman & The Jaybirds Exploring rhythm, backup, and how to “play well with others”
  • 1:30 Fiddle Workshop with George Mason (Amanda Cook Band)
  • 3:00 Flatpicking Guitar workshop with Joe Cicero (Fireside Collective)
  • 4:00 Old Time Showcase with SLO Country Stumblers, Appalachian clogging demonstration by Buck

Sunday

Navajo Ramada 

  • 9:00 – 12:00  Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam Class* with Rick Sparks (see below)

Yavapai Ramada 

  • All Day Open Jamming Zone

Workshop Tent Stage
Located next to the Commercial Building

  • 10:00 Jam Pak Showcase
  • 11:00  Songwriting Showcase with Nolan McKelvy of Muskellunge
  • 1:30 Dobro & Guitar Workshop with Rob Ikes & Trey Hensley, Emphasis on arrangements for duet performance

*Specialty Workshops have an instructor’s fee (see below)

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Wernick Method
Bluegrass Jamming Class

Taught by Rick Sparks using The Wernick Method
Saturday & Sunday, Sep 18-19, 2021
9am-noon

Assisted by Karen Roemmich

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

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

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.

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.

Photos by Gene Balzer

Photos by Gene Balzer

Photo by Kenneth A. Walters