Monthly Jam at Shaker and Vine

Every month, we host a group-oriented jam session at Shaker and Vine (formerly Vino Vixens). A great venue, Shakers allows us access to their beautiful, cozy back room where we can jam away the afternoon in comfort.

 

This jam session is open to the everybody of all skill levels, all instruments, and all styles.  Rock, country, blues, pop, whatever you want -- however, please recognize that Vino Vixens is a licensed establishment, and as such participants must be at least 21 years old.

 

This is an acoustic-friendly jam session -- but we do recognize that with a large number of acoustic musicians all jamming together, lead players and singers need a little help.  So bring your small amp and turn up during your lead, but then remember to turn down to the same volume level as your acoustic friend sitting next to you.

 

We'll be organizing this as a "circle jam", where we all sit around in a general circle, and as each person's turn comes up, they have he option to nominate a song for everybody to play along with.  If you don't want to sing, we'll find somebody to sing or you.  Recognize that all of these songs usually require a little coordination assistance, and as such choosing a simple pattern-style song, and bringing along a cheat-sheet with chords (and words!) is highly recommended!

 

We hope to see you there!

 

 

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  • George Van M.

    I really liked it. I certainly think it's mostly an electric guitar venue as i could barely here myself play on my acoustic guitar but I still enjoyed it. I like the mix of both acoustic and electric so there is a variety. But I'll definitely bring my Stratocaster next time. I think it's a very good venue for musicians like me who haven't had the chance to play with other musicians that often. I think it's organized well also. Getting that many people together to play is not easy and I applaud you Bodhi and others that are involved with making it work. I'll definitely be back.

    February 3, 2013

  • George Van M.

    Yeah there is a walk down in the chorus and the timing is a bit tricky, push timing as you call it. I'm not gifted in music parlance more intuitive but that's one of the reasons I want to attend these sessions to learn the language and just the fun of jamming with others. I'll take your word for it. Something a little more straight forward.
    George

    January 31, 2013

  • Rob "Bodhi" W.

    My version wouldn't work. Maybe yours would?

    When you have more than 5 people, I like to stick to 5 about chords max, and keep it straightforward and pattern-oriented. I don't mind testing things a bit (and sometimes that can be tons of fun)

    My version is pretty standard, and requires ...
    a. "special" chords to truly sell the riff
    b. requires inversion of the chords by the bass (i.e. the bassist needs to not play the root note, and needs special instruction)
    c. Requires the non-root walkdown on the chorus section in order to sell the sequence
    d. Requires special non-standard timing (or a "push" timing) to sell the sequences, and these are not standardized throughout the song itself.

    If you've got a way to transmit it all to a large group of players who haven't heard the song before, then I say go for it! If not, however, then you might consider a more jam-friendly pattern song.

    January 31, 2013

  • George Van M.

    This will be my first time at the casual jam but since there will be enough folks for a circle jam I think Eric Clapton's "Old Love" is a nice easy song for improvisation leads both acoustic and electric and also fits nicely for piano leads as well. It's off his "Unplugged" album.

    January 31, 2013

  • Dave

    10-4 re the keyboards

    you are so right re the calories but as far as leaving anything in my car, ive been here 7 years now and my car has been broken into 3 times so, if i come, i will bring it all the way in the bldg!

    January 31, 2013

  • George Van M.

    Hey I plan to be there. I'll post a picture as soon as i figure out how to do it. I'm not too internet suave. I plan on bringing an acoustic and electric guitar and small amp. Looking forward to it. Sounds like there is going to be a good turn out.

    1 · January 31, 2013

  • Rob "Bodhi" W.

    I will grant you, there were more keyboards at the last meetup than I have ever seen before in one jam!

    That being said ... it is practically impossible to know for certainty which players are going to definitely show up, or even what instrument they are bringing. Some might post the information here, but please note that plans sometimes do change, and not everyone updates their information.

    The safest bet, I find, is simply to put in the effort, burn some calories, and lug your gear to a jam. If you wind up not needing it, it can always wait patiently in your car. I find it better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

    For myself -- I don't plan on bringing my keyboard this time. Unless somebody desperately needs a keyboard, that is. If somebody needs gear, I will generally put in the extra effort.

    January 29, 2013

  • Dave

    hey folks,

    house is for sale so i never know until sat noon but...last time Karla was kind enough to let me play her keyboard, thx. i noticed there were 3 or 4 keyboards there? i will be happy to bring mine, and happy to share, but 5 keyboards seems like over kill. i probably only want to play a few songs and i will also have my gittar. shall i bring my keyboard or is there going to be one there that i might "borrow" for a song or 2.

    grazie

    da

    January 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent!

    January 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Bodhi, would trumpet be welcome?

    January 15, 2013

    • Rob "Bodhi" W.

      We've had flutes, cellos, violins, harps, and clarinets. Of course a trumpet would be welcome!

      January 15, 2013

  • Rob "Bodhi" W.

    Randy -
    As you are me and we are both together!

    1 · January 15, 2013

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