Bluegrass Jamming Classes Return to The Station Inn

Jeff Burke will be bringing his Bluegrass Jamming Classes back to the Station Inn starting in January, 2020. Taught in collaboration with the Wernick Method, the class offerings will be expanded to include both the standard introductory bluegrass jamming class and a new intermediate/advanced level bluegrass jamming class.

Bluegrass Jamming Class (intermediate/advanced levels)

Sundays: Jan 12 – Mar 8, 11am to 2pm

This class is for those who have already taken the entry level class or who are further along with their bluegrass skills. The intermediate class features 2 hours of jam skills instruction each week, as well as individual instrument training by Jeff and some of the best guest instructors the Bluegrass World has to offer. The intermediate/advanced class will help players build on what they already know to improve multiple aspects of their bluegrass jamming skills including:

  • Building better solos
  • Playing better rhythm
  • Expanding song and fiddle tune repertoire
  • Lead singing
  • Finding and Singing Harmony

A large amount of time will be spent jamming in small groups (coached by Jeff and co-instructors) to enable students to use what they learn develop their skills in a real world environment. Please check the requirements on the class page to see if you qualify.

Featuring these guest instructors: Brandon Bostic | Casey Campbell | Justin Hiltner | Kyle Tuttle | Megan Lynch | Mike Bub | Mike Compton | Missy Raines | Nate Lee | Rebecca Frazier | Rebecca Patek | Whitney Campbell

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    Standard Bluegrass Jamming Class (all levels)

    Saturdays: Feb 8 – Apr 11, 3pm to 5:30pm
    Additional class: Feb 15 – Apr 18, 11:30am to 2pm (taught with Derwin Hinson)

    This class is open to all skill levels, but focuses primarily on the basic skills of bluegrass jamming, playing and improvising music with a group. Students will learn number of valuable skills including:

    • Ground Rules of Bluegrass Jamming
    • Number system and how to use it
    • Choose and lead songs in a bluegrass jam
    • Begin or improve breaks and improvising solos
    • Basics of singing and how to choose the best key
    • Find and sing Bluegrass harmony

    A large amount of time will be spent jamming in small groups (coached by Jeff and assistants) to enable students to use what they learn to develop their skills in a real world environment. Jamming is kept at reasonable tempos to encourage beginners and allow more advanced players push themselves outside of their comfort zone.

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