A local musician and teacher will be offering a Bluegrass Jamming Class for those interested in learning how to “jam.” This isn't for the beginner looking to learn to play their instrument; rather, the class is more for the novice or inexperienced musician looking to become more familiar with the art of performing with other musicians.
Lynn Young, who will be teaching the class, has a lifetime of experience with music, both performing and in co-organizing the Bighorn Mountain Festival in Buffalo every summer.
Young performed for more than 38 years with the US Forest Service and continues to perform with various bands. He is also a regular at the Thursday night Occidental Jams, and teaches in the area. Young explains who would enjoy the class and why.
The class will begin Sunday, January 9th and run every Sunday through February 27th from 1 to 4 pm at Sheridan College in Johnson County.
The class will be based on the “Pete Wernick Method Classes,” in which Young himself was once a student. He explains the method.
There are some requirements for the class, Young said. You must play guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass or dobro and be able to change smoothly between the musical keys of G, C, D and A. But playing fast or being able to solo are not required.
Lynn added that for those interested in the class, if you sign up before December 24th, there will be a $10 discount for signing up early.