Learn to jam at Fishkill Farms’ Fall Harvest Festival!

This Wenick Method Class is taught by Autin Scelzo of the local band, On The Trail, who will be performing at the festival. This class will give you the lowdown on how jamming is done, with hands-on practice playing bluegrass with other people. You’ll also make connections with other attendees and fellow jammers.

  • All bluegrass instruments welcome.
  • No jamming experience necessary.
  • You will be jamming in the first class!
  • Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups
  • Gentle tempos!  Mistakes expected!
  • Music/tab reading not needed or used.
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.
  • Do you qualify?  It’s easier than you may think!

If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro… you can be part of a bluegrass jam. Only requirements – be able to:
• Tune your instrument and
• Change smoothly between G, C, D, and A (or the notes that work on bass and fiddle)

Timing and Registration:
Class is held on Saturday, October 16th from 9:30 am-11:30 pm in the Fishkill Farms Courtyard. Pick-your-own reservations are not required to attend.

Class is ticketed. Walk-ins are welcome. Register online to save!

About the Instructor, Austin Scelzo

Austin Scelzo was introduced to various fiddle traditions at Mark O’Connor’s early Berklee String Camps and over time picked up all the bluegrass instruments along with singing, songwriting, and jamming. While enjoying four years as a middle school music teacher. Austin’s bluegrass journey began with CT-based groups The Angry O’Haras and On the Trail, on fiddle and vocals.

Now performing with The Rock Hearts, respected New England bluegrass veterans, he is active in the bluegrass community, creating and managing the Bluegrass Coffeehouse performance venue, hosting jams, and launching the Connecticut Bluegrass Music Association.