Bob S.


Parker, CO

Member since:

July 8, 2013

What is your bluegrass instrument and level of experience?

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.

Do you play well with others? If not, wanna learn how?

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.

What would you like to get out of the jam and how often would you like to meet?

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.

List your favorites bluegrass songs, musicians, and groups.

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.

Do you play best from chord sheets, tabs, sheet music or other?

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.

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