July 8, 2013
Steel body round neck guitar or 6 String "cheater" Banjo. I started playing 31 years ago by ear, however didn't really get into it before joining Swallowhill's jams a few years back which helped me improve playing & singing with others. Despite dabbling in playing music for a number of years (starting late at 30), I'd say I'm at an intermediate level. I enjoy harmonizing and the harmonies of Bluegrass with others.
Yes most definitely. For me that's the best & most fun part of playing along with others at jams. You always learn a tune, a chord, a riff, some timing, etc. by participating with others of all levels in jam session settings.
Mainly the fun of participating & interacting with others enjoying making the music. You know it's been a good time when a couple of hours fly by in what seems like only minutes. I mainly want to maintain & expand my skills, and regularly playing is the best way I know of to do that, at least 2-3 times a month. With Swallowhill now not being an option for me playing, me & others from there are looking for a different venue(s) to participate in.
Traditional tunes by Flatt & Skruggs, Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury, Alison Krause, Louvin Brothers, Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show, Carter Family, Willie Nelson, etc.
Chord sheets / tabs / by ear / following others. Couldn't read sheet music to save my or anyone else's soul!
I've been playing guitar at Bluegrass & Open Jams at Swallowhill Music Assoc. for the past few years, and really enjoying it. Recently they re-scheduled their week night jams to"weekends" which didn't work well for me. I look forward to playing.