Pete Wernick – Bluegrass Jamming
Sep 17 2016
105 Minute DVD, Includes lyrics and chords. With Nick Forster, Sally Van Meter, Michael Kang, Ben Kaufman, Eric Walser and Joan (Nondi) Wernick. Pete Wernick now has the perfect solution for novice bluegrass players who want to start jamming, or for any picker wanting to build experience and confidence.
He has gathered several top musicians to create a “DVD jam session” that players of any level can get in on. Here’s an opportunity to participate in this wonderful activity, and get ready for the “real thing” – so grab your instrument, put the DVD in the player, and pick along!
Pete and his exciting all-star jam band teach you the ins and outs of “jam etiquette,” along with the basics of music theory, handy jamming hints, and lots of other invaluable information. You’ll learn to change chords and play solos for 17 bluegrass standards. Regardless of the instrument you play – guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, Dobro, bass – you’ll soon be playing along with the great songs and instrumentals on this DVD. Best of all, it’ll be fun to make music with Nick, Sally, Eric, Michael, Ben and Pete as they play through the repertoire at an easy-going, slow-to-medium tempo. They even leave a place in every song for you to try your own solo! NOTE: This DVD also has a special feature that allows you to use your “angle” button to choose to view either the band or the guitarist’s left hand during the tunes.
The songs you’ll be jamming on are:
- Old Home Place
- Blue Ridge Cabin Home
- In the Pines
- Footprints in the Snow
- Salt Creek
- How Mountain Girls Can Love
- Soldier’s Joy
- New River Train
- Sitting on Top of the World
- Long Journey Home
- Worried Man Blues
- Hot Corn Cold Corn
- Handsome Molly
- Take Me Back to Tulsa
- Don’t This Road Look Rough and Rocky
- Blue Moon of Kentucky
This video is fantastic to say the least. For any bluegrass picker who wants to practice his chops before getting together with some “real” musicians, this is the video to get.
Hosted by former Hot Rize banjoist and International Bluegrass Music Association president Pete Wernick, he is joined by a number of well-respected musicians in the bluegrass field, each performing on one of the common bluegrass instruments, including guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, dobro, and fiddle. The ensemble performs 16 bluegrass standards in a “jam session” setting, with most of the performers taking a solo on a few of the songs. All of the songs also have parts that allow the viewer to solo while the band backs him/her up. Wernick also takes the time to explain jam session etiquette (something perhaps that should be covered a lot more with both introverted and self-righteous musicians), informing the viewer what is expected as far as tuning, solos and backing up, basic vocal harmonies (this writer believes that this cannot be covered enough), and the Number System.
If possible, secure the DVD version of this video, as there are a number of benefits. Varying the ANGLE function on the DVD player allows for two different views of the performances: the first being the ensemble performing, and the second being a close-up of the guitarist’s fretting hand for easy visibility of the chord of the song that is currently being played. The menu of the DVD also allows for easier jumping around to the practice tunes and the instructions from Wernick.
A booklet is included that has the chord progressions and lyrics to all of the songs. Bluegrass jams are great ways for musicians to polish up on their skills, but a band is not always available at any given time. For the next best thing to having an actual band to practice with, this video comes highly recommended. It would also be great to see a follow-up to this video, be it more songs to jam with or a movement to more skilled jamming.
The music is played at a speed that is within the reach of beginners, yet still allows more advanced players to take off a little bit. The musicians are all top shelf, but they are there to provide solid accompaniment and provide examples of basic skills. With their skills, any one of them could take of and showboat, leaving most players in the dust and overwhelmed, but it doesn’t happen. The result is an enjoyable and attainable musical experience. Pete Wernick’s teaching style presents a load if information in a relaxed and easy manner that is not intimidating and very informative.
Running time: 01:50:20
Video: MPEG2 NTSC 4:3 (720×480) VBR
Audio: AC3, 2/0 ch, 192Kbps
Size: 4.5 Gb