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Dr. Banjo Tells Secular Americans to Be True to Themselves

Dr. Banjo, Pete WernickThough he thrives in a musical genre in which religious hymns are commonly on the setlist, Pete Wernick — better known as “Dr. Banjo” — says many of the beliefs in hymns he loves to sing don’t seem plausible to him. In a new video, Wernick tells a personal story that is both inspiring and moving, as he joins the voices of the Openly Secular campaign.

Dr. Banjo Says Picking Season is Coming. Want to jam?

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampRight about this time of year, many pickers start thinking "This summer I'm going to show my stuff as a musician." If you're starting to get those thoughts, I'd like you to know of a way to help that to actually happen.

Dr. Banjo Says Picking Season is Coming. Want to Jam?

Annie SavageRight about this time of year, many pickers start thinking "This summer I'm going to show my stuff as a musician." If you're starting to get those thoughts, I'd like you to know of a way to help that to actually happen. No, it's not a new music book or DVD (though we do offer those) ... it's an opportunity to come together with others like yourself, in your area -- people with the same goals -- and start making music together.

Hot Rize Releases New Video for "A Cowboy's Life"

Hot RizeBluegrass supergroup, Hot Rize recently reunited after 20 years off the road for an extensive tour schedule as well as the release of their new album "When I'm Free". On their last stop in New York, the band recruited Mason Jar Music to put visuals to the new sounds. The results are breathtaking. The first video, available for public viewing today, presents a clear juxtaposition between the city views of New York and the performance of a more traditional bluegrass group.

Dr. Banjo's Four 2015 Camps

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampJam Camp or Bluegrass Camp? The two are not the same! Bluegrass Camps concentrate on small group playing and overall ear skills (as in our jam camps), but add daily classes by-instrument and on Bluegrass trio harmony singing. Additional sessions cover songwriting, bluegrass history, practice routines, "band lab", and more. With good use of expert staff and space, we gladly welcome everyone from novice jammers to performing bands.

Register Now for Pete Wernick's Boulder Bluegrass Camp

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampPete Wernick, aka Dr. Banjo, writes about an exciting new bluegrass camp. Pete says, "After 35 years of camp teaching I'm excited to present my idea of an "ideal bluegrass camp": For a full week this January, pickers from California to Carolina to Germany will converge on the hospitable Boulder Inn, and work on all their bluegrass skills: not just picking, but singing; not just soloing, but backup and group dynamics. With the help of some excellent Colorado musician/teachers, we'll combine classes with lots of jam time to work on new ideas, songs, and techniques."

Scholarships Available to Pete Wernick’s Advanced Banjo Camp

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete Wernick announces the availability of two scholarships to his 2014 Advanced Banjo Camp, January 20-25 in Boulder, Colorado. The camp is geared to players in performing bands and focuses on tone, timing, “believability”, creativity, band dynamics, and performance. The scholarships are intended for pickers who would need financial help to attend the camp.

'Jamming is Fun and Fundamental' - Dr. Banjo Getting Traction with The Wernick Method

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete Wernick's latest project can't be faulted for being not ambitious enough. His goal? "We want to change how bluegrass music is taught." Wernick, known for four decades as "Dr. Banjo", a driving force behind the legendary Hot Rize band, and the creator of bluegrass books and videos with sales over half a million, has taken on his share of challenges.

Pete Wernick Announces Banjo Camp Scholarship Winners

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete ("Dr. Banjo") Wernick will host two scholarship winners at his January 2012 Advanced Banjo Camp. Jim Gabehart of Hinton, West Virginia, will attend thanks to the generosity of Stelling Banjo Works, and Jordan Alleman of Portland, Oregon is the recipient of donations received at last January's annual Banjo Camp concert. Jim and his wife lead a band that plays throughout the east, and Jordan, 18, will start studies at Berklee College of Music in the fall.

Pete Wernick's 28th Anniversary Winter Banjo Camps Set for January 2012

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickThe original "banjo camp", the first event billed as such, was in 1984. Since then, renowned banjo player and teacher, Pete "Dr. Banjo" Wernick has conducted 86 banjo camps, teaching over 1500 students from almost every state and many foreign countries. January, 2012 he will extend this string at the Boulder Inn in Boulder, Colorado. Each of the three "full-immersion" weeks is geared to different experience levels. For complete information, visit www.DrBanjo.com.

Jammers' Paradise... and Discount Special for Banjo Camp!

Dr. Banjo - Pete WernickPete (Dr. Banjo) Wernick is offering a special Jam Camp. Pete says, "Autumn is upon us, and before things in Colorado turn icy and wintery, there's a last chance to be at a beautiful location by a rushing river, in a cozy building with a nice fireplace and plenty of good chairs and sofas -- with a bunch of nice folks playing bluegrass!"

Fall is in the Air and so are Pete Wernick Jam Camps!

Dr. Banjo - Pete WernickThere is still room in both of Pete (Dr. Banjo) Wernick's upcoming Colorado Jam Camps, three days and nights of playing music in an ideal Rockies setting! The Sylvan Dale Ranch in Loveland is an inspiring location on the banks of the Big Thompson River. Reserve soon to get a room at the Wagon Wheel Lodge, where most campers stay. The camps offer class style instruction and coached small groups, morning till dinnertime.

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