Playing for an audience

One of the reasons Pete Wernick’s jam camps and classes have such a large potential market is that playing an instrument in front of other people is so scary that most people will barely do it for their teacher, not at all for anyone else. A sad thing, because people love hearing an instrument played regardless of skill level—and your skill level will increase dramatically when you play for (and with) others, since there’s no greater motivation to improve than the prospect of bringing a smile to a listener’s face.

Chris never had a fear of playing for others. And the younger kids have always had plenty of opportunity to hear him play.

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Elizabeth and Jerry watch closely as Chris works on his Scruggs-style banjo picking.

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