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Bluegrass Slow Jam DVD Review
Pete 'Dr. Banjo' Wernick with Drew Emmitt (mandolin), Nick Forster (guitar), Ben Kaufman (Bass),
Sally Van Meter (dobro), Joan Wernick (guitar), Nancy Steinberger (fiddle)
Produced by Happy Traum and Homespun Tapes
2 hours Lyrics and Chords included
Pete Wernick banjo master and founding member of the great bluegrass band "Hot Rize", not to mention pedal steel player for Texas swing musicians "Red Knuckles and the Trail Blazers". He runs jam camps all over the bluegrass festivals during the summer. His camps have helped hundreds of beginners learn the how to jam.
On this dvd he and his compadres teach how easy it is to get into bluegrass jamming (the absolute best way to learn to play bluegrass music).
These are easy slow songs that are two and three chord arrangements. Play along with some great musicians and get your turns at playing solos during each song. Pete teaches etiquette and tips on making the most out of your playing. Play along with professional musicians while learning traditional songs, arrangements, timing and practice with solos.
Take it from someone that absolutely benefited from playing along with this dvd. Now I'm in a bi-weekly jam and get called up to play with the local pros. Jamming is the best practice out there.
Bile them Cabbage Down
My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
Pretty Fair Maid
Roll in my Sweet Babies Arms
Saints Go Marching in
Coming Round the Mountain
You are my Sunshine
I'll Fly Away
Nine Pound Hammer
This Land is your Land
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
I really liked this dvd and it did help me. If you are a rank beginner this is a Great dvd. If you are not a beginner you may be disappointed with this as it is Slow on purpose and should go for the intermediate bluegrass jam dvd instead. If you watch closely you will see it is actually a challenge for these pros to play so slow.
I'm intermediate but found the timing practice valuable.
If you want to start playing with the local jammers (most areas have groups that play together) this is a very good place to start. The dvd comes with a booklet with chords and lyrics to all songs.
While your at it check out all Homespun Tapes. Some great music lessons by your favorite musicians put out by some fine folk.