Bluegrass Jam Class

Saturday, Aug 7, 2021 from 9:00am to 2:00pm

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Taught by Austin Scelzo using the Wernick Method

Austin Scelzo was introduced to various fiddle traditions at Mark O’Connor’s early Berklee String Camps and over time picked up all the bluegrass instruments along with singing, songwriting, and jamming. While enjoying four years as a middle school music teacher. Austin’s bluegrass journey began with CT-based groups The Angry O’Haras and On the Trail, on fiddle and vocals.

Now performing with The Rock Hearts, respected New England bluegrass veterans, he is active in the bluegrass community, creating and managing the Bluegrass Coffeehouse performance venue, hosting jams, and launching the Connecticut Bluegrass Music Association.

Wernick Method Classes teach real bluegrass jamming!

All bluegrass instruments welcome

No jamming experience necessary

You will be jamming the first class!

Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.

Gentle tempos! Mistakes expected!

Music reading not needed or used

Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.

Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.

Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.

Understanding, low-pressure, time-tested teaching

Intermediates welcome, and given added challenges

Hands-on learning in large and small groups

Learn many bluegrass standards

Full ground rules and etiquette of typical jams

How to lead songs and how to follow new songs

How to find melodies, fake solos, sing harmony

Ear skills taught and emphasized, as in real bluegrass

Group and individualized instruction on backup skills

Tuition: $165 for 3 sessions

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