Could you use a bluegrass slow-jam class, or do you know someone who could?
Thursdays Apr 25-May 30, 6:30-9:30pm
Sparks NV Great Basin Brewing Co
Hello, Reno area pickers! Pete Wernick here with some good news. Our previous Wernick Method bluegrass jamming classes in your area were so well received we are doing another! Rick Sparks's six-Thursday jam class in Sparks, NV starts April 25.
Informal jamming is a highly prized goal for almost any new-to-bluegrass picker, and yet isn't addressed in most music instruction. Since the mid-90s I've hosted jam camps, refining ways to get people jamming as easily and quickly as possible. Lately I've started a network of certified teachers trained to conduct classes using my methods -- the Wernick Method.
Rick's earlier classes have been a big hit, and his students couldn't have been more appreciative. They not only learned to jam, they loved the format. Local classes keep costs down and bring together friends and neighbors who might be future jamming buddies. Rick's students reported: ... great class, great fun ... got us to make music together by the end of the first class ... did a superb job of teaching a mixed group to jam ... it seemed miraculous to me!
If you don't already know Rick... he is equally at home playing banjo, guitar, mandolin, dobro and pedal steel guitar, and singing either lead or harmony. He has developed a reputation as an outstanding teacher on all of his instruments and currently has over 30 students under his wing. Students say: ... patient and generous with his time and expertise ... knows how to put people at ease ... gentle yet persuasive nature is perfect for a jam class.
The class will be held in Sparks NV upstairs at the Great Basin Brewing Co, from 6:30-9:30pm beginning April 25 and running for six Thursdays.
Special! Sign up before April 7 and get a $20 discount! And if you've taken this class before, receive another $10 off!
In the first part of each class Rick will lead everyone on 2- and 3-chord bluegrass standards at very manageable speeds. The other part will be small group jams coached by Rick and an assistant or two. This class format is intended to give you a chance to digest the new content each week and practice jam skills between sessions.
If you've ever wished you could be part of a bluegrass jam, or have friends who would like to but might need a push start, I strongly recommend this class with Rick. As in every Wernick Method class, everyone will be jamming at the first session! And if you can already jam but want to brush up on your picking and singing and meet new music buddies, you're welcome as well.
For more information about Rick's class, click here.
For more information about the Wernick Bluegrass Music Method, click here.
First row seated: Rebecca Shipley (vocals), Frank Mackin (vocals), Tony Martin (vocals, bass); Second row standing: Jeanine Mooers (vocals, keyboard), Sara Rosenow (Music therapist/Program Coordinator), Rachael Michaleson (vocals), Mark Geeson (guitar, bass, vocals), Michael Lahnala (bass, saxophone, vocals), Manal Toppozada (Executive Director/Artistic Director/Music Therapist), Mike Parsley (NNBA Outreach Coordinator.)NNBA Donates to a Most Deserving Organization
By Mike Parsley
We all know that the NNBA does a lot for the community. We conduct free monthly workshops; bring top-notch bluegrass bands to town, and every week our Monday Night Volunteers perform at assisted living facilities and nursing homes throughout northern Nevada.
Recently our association did another very nice thing for our community.
The NNBA has a lot of wonderful, generous members who donate both time and money. We are extremely fortunate to have an anonymous benefactor who donated some money to the organization with one instruction…Donate to music education in the community, and if our donation inspires others to donate, all the better. Last year we donated $500 to the Vaughn Middle School Music Department.
After some discussion, the Board came to a unanimous decision. We decided that this year, we would give a donation of $500 to Note-Able Music Therapy Services. Note-Able Music Therapy Services is a nonprofit organization with a primary purpose of providing inclusive music programs and music therapy services for children and adults of all ages and abilities. We got to know the staff and some of the musicians this past year at the Bowers Mansion Bluegrass Festival when the Note-Ables performed a set of four songs. If you were at the festival and had the privilege of hearing these men and women sing and play, you know what a fantastic band they are, and what a remarkable organization this is.
They not only have a performing band that plays everything from bluegrass to Sinatra, they also teach a variety of classes for piano, guitar, violin, voice, drum, and percussion.
The director, Manal Toppoazda, keeps everything going with the help of her small staff. And these folks are the happiest group of people you’ll ever see. They are always smiling, and when you are around them, you can’t help but smile too.
Rick Rinehart, NNBA Treasurer, and I, went down to the Note-Ables rehearsal on Monday, November 26, said “Hi” to our friends in the band, and had a little ceremony to present the check to Manal. We even made an oversized mock-up of the check for the photo.
The NNBA did a very nice thing for a great organization. We certainly fulfilled the primary request of our generous benefactor; donate to music education endeavors in our community. And we hope you, the general membership of the NNBA, will be inspired to find a good music-related cause to help. Donate an unused or gently used instrument to a school, or let any board member know you have an instrument to donate, and we’ll find a good home. If you would like to donate to the Note-Ables too, go to their website and check them out. The Note-Ables: www.note-ables.org_________________________