The legendary banjo player Pete Wernick a.k.a. Dr Banjo, along with his wife Joan, gave the first Jam Class in Europe. It took place in Prague at the modest but cosy Svornost hotel on 22-24 March 2013. Twenty-four participants gathered from six European countries (Czech Republic, UK, Denmark, Switzerland, France, Italy) and had a great time learning, jamming, and even performing. The topics covered included small-group jamming, harmony singing, kick-off solos, finding melodies by ear, etc.
|Group picture of First European Bluegrass Jam Class|
There were four Wernick Method teachers certified – Susie Bowe (IT), Joff Lowson (UK), Peter O. Ruby (CZ), and Petr Brandejs (CZ), who all worked under Pete’s supervision. More teachers can get certified later via Skype. The three wonderful days of the significant event will hopefully lead to more Jam Camps organised around Europe.
More pictures can be found here.