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This is an acoustic jam in a private home; for this reason we have chosen to keep this meet-up "private". You can click on the "Join" link above if you would like to join us and participate in our jam.
At this time we are maxed out on beginner-to-intermediate guitarists and are only accepting people who can play advanced or lead guitar, or play instruments other than guitar as we need more diversity of instruments and more folks able to play leads. If you play mandolin, fiddle, banjo, dobro, trumpet, viola, glockenspiel, accordion, lead guitar, etc... you are most encouraged to join the group, even if you consider yourself a beginner.
Once you have requested to join, one of the administrators will contact you within a few hours or a couple of days to approve your membership. You must provide answers to our questionnaire and also a picture of yourself for approval. Please do not join this group as a means to promote yourself, your group, service, or product.
In case this all sounds kind of unfriendly, we'll just add that this is a great group to jam with - our jams are great music parties and social gatherings.
In April of 2010 this meet-up was started by Gwen Huff and Prune Rooney and it has grown tremendously since. This is an acoustic jam, which means no PA or amplifiers. However, sometimes we will use a small amp for a keyboard, because we do like to have piano and there is no piano at two of the alternate host's residences. We (Gwen and Prune) have a (tuned) piano in our home, and one of our members is a fabulous pianist, so having a keyboard is important to all of us and, therefore, the occasional use of an amp. We do welcome drummers who play with brushes and are sensitive to acoustic music. We also welcome brass players; preferably played with a mute. We (most of us) don't read music, we play by ear. Some of us use lyrics with the chords charted. This is an opportunity to use your ears and have fun playing music.
The jam usually begins with a potluck so people have an opportunity to meet and greet; bring a dish to share and BYOB. After the potluck we have a circle jam of all participants; this may last an hour. Then the group breaks up into three, four, or more smaller jams throughout the house or property and folks tend to move around from jam to jam throughout the night. This jam doesn't usually have a specific ending time.The scope of this jam is to play music together and experience the fun and enjoyment of playing music with others.
Sometimes we mix it up; for example, our Labor Day Weekend jam, was not particularly a jam. During the first hour people broke out into smaller groups and went over some songs together, and the 2nd hour until about 10:30 we had a little talent show where each group, or soloist performed a song or two.On this occasion we did have a small PA set up and there was a small jam after the "show". On Memorial Day Weekend we went camping at a nearby group camp and jammed all weekend, that was a lot of fun.
Over-all, we have a good time about once a month. Some members get together in between the scheduled meet-ups via the discussion board, or via our FaceBook Page. My description here makes our jam seem more regimented than it actually is; but in fact, it is quite relaxed. The most important element of the jam is that each individual has fun playing music; participates; and leaves with a sense of community.
Once you join our group, if you have not jammed with others, we recommend reading The Art of Jam, which can be found on the Discussions, Message Board, please read these guidelines before coming to your first jam. We look forward to jamming with you!
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