Fat Tuesday Blues Jam @ Winchester Community Music School

Jam with us on some classic blues tunes! Beginners and intermediate players only please. We want to create an environment that encourages first time jammers to grow and connect with other more experienced players. No attitudes or egos here, just cool tunes and a fun hang. Head on over!

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  • Sue E.

    It was really fun! Great group of musicians!

    1 · October 8, 2013

    • Sue E.

      Thanks so much, Jon!

      1 · October 10, 2013

    • Matt

      And the trio you put together sounded great as well!

      October 12, 2013

  • Jon D.

    I noticed things were a bit loud as well. For the most part, everyone's soloing volume was okay, but we all could have benefited from turning back down when playing rhythm (especially during piano or bass solos). Its tough to gauge volume when the amp is at your angles - the sound can blow out the folks in the front row, even when you're struggling to hear yourself. Its a good idea to get away from your amp a bit to check your level. About using your guitar's volume knob - I've recently been trying to do this more (rather than switching between channels on my amp) and i think it really helps with dynamics and tone. On tuesday, I had the amp drive on about 8, the Master on about 2 and was playing rhythm with my guitar at about 3. When I turned up the guitar for the leads, the amp started to break up and got nice and crunchy.

    October 10, 2013

  • Tom C.

    Dave brought up a great point about amp volume, guitar volume and stage volume, so I did some research and learned something here:

    http://www.tdpri.com/forum/archive/index.php/t-326067.html


    Thanks Dave :)

    1 · October 10, 2013

    • Dave

      Good stuff.... that's part of jamming! :)

      October 10, 2013

  • Dave

    Great jam session, as usual. From previous comments, it appears there is some volume concerns, yes Mike was a bit loud, but so what - he's good, let it happen. Suggest cranking the volume on your amp a bit and then control your stage level with instrument controls. Maybe a sound check, for all players is all we need rather than more equipment! Believe me, if you are too loud, Tim will tell you... :)

    1 · October 10, 2013

  • Matt

    If you have any photos/videos from Tuesday's jam, remember to post them here: https://www.facebook.com/theunderground.wcms Also, if you record yourself on video soling over one of the WCMS Blues jam practice tracks for example, post that too! You can listen to them here: https://soundcloud.com/wcms/sets/the-underground-wcms-blues

    October 10, 2013

  • Sue E.

    Good point about the floor monitors, Tom. Also, I think we just keep getting louder and louder! Maybe it's time to turn the amps down a bit.

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Tom C.

      That's the whole point about the monitors! So we can hear how loud we are. Mike V has got us a bit Charged up with his driving Blues rock! lol

      October 9, 2013

    • Matt

      Great point, Sue! It's all about stage volume and playing dynamics. You probably notice the volume of drums and bass coming noticeably up and down depending on the song and who's soloing (like harp or piano). Something to think about going forward!

      October 10, 2013

  • Sue E.

    KP, I'm glad you gave it a go. It will get easier!

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Kshitij

      Thanks Sur, you did were amazing!

      1 · October 10, 2013

    • Sue E.

      Thanks!

      October 10, 2013

  • Kshitij

    There was this guy who had no idea what key of c was on his guitar, that he managed to drop, but the good people at the jam kept cheering him up, I think this place is as friendly as it gets. P. S. The guy that dropped the guitar was me

    1 · October 9, 2013

    • Tom C.

      You did great K! Keep coming and learning with the rest of us! :)

      1 · October 10, 2013

    • Jon D.

      Thanks for coming Kprasai, it was great to meet you! Hope you make it next month

      1 · October 10, 2013

  • Leni W.

    Fun as always! Kudos to Tim for keeping it moving along....and people sounded great!

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • Tom C.

    People are always supportive of one another and there are no "Mistakes" or "Rules", just good fun and an environment where learning is fostered. Tip: could use a couple of floor monitors

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • DeAnna

    great fun. I thought there would be some instruction or direction for newbie jammers but it was far more advanced than I thought so I didn't feel comfortable to join in quite yet, that was a disappointment. But I did I enjoy watching people play and am definitely inspired to work at a few tune in preparation for next month. If you don't know enough about improvisation and standard blues riffs you'll have a little trouble feeling comfortable enough to jam with people. But everyone is very friendly and they leave their egos at the door.

    1 · October 8, 2013

  • DeAnna

    what kind of equipment should I bring other than guitar, do I need to bring amp and cables too?

    October 8, 2013

  • DeAnna

    Looking forward to my first Fat Tues jam :-)

    1 · September 18, 2013

    • Matt

      We're looking forward to having you! Will it be guitar or piano, or both?!

      September 23, 2013

    • DeAnna

      probably guitar

      October 8, 2013

  • Kshitij

    Hi,

    I really would like to be a part of this meetup, however, my exposure to guitar is extremely limited (12 bar blues, some chords, diatonic major and minor scale). Do you suggest that maybe I should wait a few more months and practice more before showing up for a session?

    Thanks

    1 · September 23, 2013

    • Kshitij

      BTW do I pay ahead of time? or at the venue?

      1 · October 3, 2013

    • Matt

      K, right now jammers register and pay $10 at the door on Tuesday nights. We are however in the middle of setting up a way to register/pay beforehand. Coming soon!

      October 5, 2013

  • Tim G.

    Gonna have fun!

    September 11, 2013

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