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Jam Classes

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I have been having a wonderful time teaching the Pete Wernick jamming program in Voorheesville, NY (near Albany).  Pete's program is comprehensive and very effective in teaching people how to jam, and is held nationally and even in Europe.

There are 16 people in the 6-session program, which started January 8, 2013 and runs once a week. It is for all bluegrass instruments, and everyone is doing a great job in class, with different topics each week and a lot of hands on playing and jamming.

Tom Thorpe, a fine teacher, is helping me with the sessions, and Steve Karpinski is playing bass backup. 

I plan on holding the classes again from May 28 through June 25, 2013.   

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Playing Since: 1972
Experience Level: Expert/Professional

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Occupation: musician, Retirement System manager

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Age: 73

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Bob has been playing and teaching banjo for over 40 years. He has headed the beginner bluegrass track at Banjo Camp North in Massachusetts since 2003, is an instructor at the annual Pete Wernick bluegrass camp in Lake George, NY and teaches Wernick bluegrass jam classes several time each year. He also teaches private students and offers workshops. Mel Bay "Banjo Sessions" and Angie's Banjo "Silver Strings " feature Bob's online instruction articles, with over 100 published so far. He has also written for Banjo Newsletter, including "A Banjo Player's IBMA" in December 2008 and "Bluegrass Banjo Resources on the Internet" in February 2011. He was featured in the May 2011 issue. Gene Senyak's 2008 book "Banjo Camp!" has a chapter with one of Bob's workshops, along with chapters from Tony Trishka, Janet Davis, Alan Munde, Pete Seeger and other banjo icons. Bob plays and records with Thirteen Feet of Bluerass, Shine Hill Road, Three Quarter North and the Dyer Switch Band. His day job to support his banjo and bluegrass addiction was with the NY State Retirement System. Bob retired in 2012 and is now playing, teaching and writing about banjo full time. sites- Dyer Switch Band at and Facebook Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass band on Facebook, Banjo Camp North at, Wernick jam classes and bluegrass camp at Mel Bay "Banjo Sessions" at "Silver Strings" was at but is no longer online, "Banjo Camp!" book at

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