Bluegrass Slow Jam for the Total Beginner

Comments from Satisfied Customers

“Hi! I have bought your “slow jam for the total beginner” DVD and I think it is just the right thing for me. Thank you for making it. I took up banjo playing at the age of 50, two years ago, with no earlier musical experience so I need to advance in a slow pace. If you didn’t know that before I can inform you that it’s not easy to find others to play bluegrass with around Borlange in the county of Dalecarlia in Sweden. So I´m glad i have you folks! All the best!”

— J.W.


“I wanted to thank you for producing the Slow Jam DVD. I think it is the most significant contribution to learning bluegrass in general, and banjo in particular, since the publication of Scruggs’ book in 1968! I usually keep four or five banjo students at a time, adults usually, and I’ve been doing this since ‘73. My approach has always been to wean students away from tab as soon as possible, and now I can direct them to the DVD.”

“As you know, the major problem for beginners is in finding someone, anyone, else to jam or play music with. The beginner’s jam. The DVD is just perfect. We’ve talked for years about trying to get a regular beginner’s jam started here in Cheyenne but we could never get it started, but now we can depend on the DVD to get people that early experience. I’ve had eight students buy it already.”

“It is interesting how bluegrass has moved from a fanatic’s obsession to a (upper) middle class hobby, which probably tells us something significant about shifting cultural values and anxieties, and the new nexus of politics, religion, and nostalgia.”

“Congratulations on seeing this all coming!”

— D.C.


“Hi Pete, Just letting you know that I got your DVD Bluegrass slow jam. It’s great! Everybody in the video is very welcoming and after a while it kinda feels like you’ve joined the group….Thank you so much….”

— J.M.


“I am really enjoying your Slow Jam video…it’s a great tool for folks at my level..thank you!”

— M.T.


“I purchased your Bluegrass Slow Jam a few weeks ago, and LOVE it. I put it on at the Guitar store before my lesson and by the time I got out of my lesson there were two people (only one that I knew) playing with you guys. I sat down and jammed with them and everyone was either singing or playing by the time I’ll Fly Away was on. Since I turned it off there, we have more to play with next Wednesday!”

— J.P.


“I just wanted to say ‘hi’ and how I am enjoying your 1st DVD Jam. That’s a great tool!”

— C.V.


“Just recently came across your Bluegrass Slow Jam DVD for the Total Beginner. What a lifesaver. I have been having a total ball with it. I stayed up the other night and played through on every song and before I knew it I had been playing for 2 hours. Thanks for a wonderful video, it really puts a lot of music playing into perspective. The main goal for me is to have fun and having an entire blue grass band in my room when I play is just too cool.”

— J.B.


“The original version [Bluegrass Jamming for Newcomers and Closet Players] has been very helpful, and this one [for Total Beginners] is terrific also! Great job. I think you have the only really useful jamming products available.”

— M.C.


“I have bought your ‘Slow Jam for the Total Beginner’ DVD and I think it is just the right thing for me. Thank you for making it. I took up banjo playing at the age of 50, two years ago, with no earlier musical experience so I need to advance in a slow pace. If you didn’t know that before, I can inform you that it’s not easy to find others to play bluegrass with around Borlange in the county of Dalecarlia in Sweden. So I’m glad I have you folks! All the best!”

— J.M.


“The original version has been very helpful, and this one is terrific also! Great job……….I think you have the only really useful jamming products available.”

— M.C.


“By the way, I can’t say enough about your jamming DVDs, they are OUTSTANDING!!!!. I own all of them and they give me material for our local jams as well as a ton of practice!”

— J.D.


“You should look into Pete Wernicks Jam-along DVD’s, of which there are three. drbanjo.com I believe. He brings a top notch group of musicians to play many popular songs, and in between tunes discusses the basics of keys and harmonies among other things. I have been playing for about seven months, and feel they have helped a lot. Also, if you have questions about anything on the DVD’s, he is readily available for questions on his website. I have found it much better than any of the “educational” products out there, because it more or less tells you to pick it up, have it tuned, play the right chords, and have FUN. Good luck.”

— D.


“check out Pete Wernicks jam videos. They’ve helped me get through many a winter day when there was no one to pick with. Great musicians playing standards at a managable speed. Also check out Pete Wernick’s Bluegrass Song book. Tons of standards in there. What’s great about this book is that it has the lyrics, chords and melody of each song.”

— P.


“For those beginners or intermediate players who can’t find jams or who feel intimidated by them, one of the best ways to gain experience jamming without subjecting yourself to embarrassment or hostility, and for those who would just like to practice jamming between actual jams, I highly recommend Pete Wernick’s terrific bluegrass jam DVDs: Bluegrass Slow Jam for real beginners, Bluegrass Jamming, and Bluegrass Jamming Intermediate–even for old time players.”

— C.K.


“Last year I bought your DVD ‘Beginning Bluegrass Banjo’ and two of your ‘jamming’ DVD’s. I cannot tell you what fun they have been and what it has done for my playing of both guitar and banjo – they have really re-kindled my interest in the banjo.”

— A.H.


“Hi Peter, I’m the clawhammer banjo picker who contacted you awhile ago. Went to my first slow mixed jam organized by James Reams in Brooklyn across from Prospect Park. Your Dvds helped pave the way for me to become a successful musician in that not only did I have a great time, I was prepared for most likely anything even when the first song out of the box was in the key of E in 3/4 time. Figured out what to do using your suggested # system. Everything else was relatively easy. Started using your intermediate DVD. Thanks”

— H.F.


“Thank you for all your help by providing such great jam along and instructional products! They are fantastic and have helped me a lot!”

— T.F.


“Your jam tapes are awesome for learning to jam. I can’t thank you enough for producing these DVDs as I find them so good at teaching the novice player to change chords fluently.”

— B.B.


“Pete’s jamming DVDs are so full of great advice, you gotta watch them multiple times.”

— J.W


“I have been playing daily with your jam DVD. It forces me to play an entire song rather than just ‘noodle’ around and be lazy when I have the banjo out and get discouraged. I’ve already seen and feel improvement.”

— S.M.


“It is so cool and so helpful, to put that thing on the TV and put yourself in the middle of a bluegrass band and play with them. It’s particularly powerful when you have a surround sound system. “

— G.B.


“My husband is learning guitar and we have all 3 of your jamming DVDs and LOVE them! They are a real instructional boost for him (and for me, too).”

— V.V.


“I bought the three jamming DVDs from JDMC – absolutely love them.”

— R.T.