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The Milford Bluegrass Jam Pages

The purpose of our Meet up group?
To promote and enjoy the playing of Bluegrass, Old Time and mountain music in a group setting. Less emphasis is placed on individual performances and more on the group's overall sound and performance level.

Who is welcome?
Anyone who plays bluegrass music on a guitar, mandolin, violin, bass fiddle, fiddle, banjo, banjo uke, tenor guitar, tenor banjo, dulcimer or autoharp. We currently meet in the basement of a church in Milford, CT.

Our private meet-up gatherings are for members and invited guests only. If you would like to attend, please join our group or e-mail us to ask for an invitation. Membership approvals and invitations are at the organizers discretion.

Where to park?
Please park in the parking lot at the rear of the church.

How does the meet-up work?

This is not an "open mike" forum. About a week or so before the jam, one of the assistant organizers will email the group for song suggestions that are sent out in a "set list" format several days before the jam. This affords members the opportunity to familiarize themselves with new songs (Youtube is a great resource!). At the meetup, we all sit in a circle and the set list songs are played through. We have a microphone and PA to allow the singer to set the beat. Once we have gone through the set list, the group leader will open up the floor to song requests. If the group leader calls the first song, at the conclusion of the song, the choice then shifts to the person on the leaders left. The selections continue on in a clockwise manner. Initially most everyone will be using one of our books or a handout to get the songs going but eventually many of these songs will be able to be played from memory. At the conclusion of a verse or chorus, members can indicate to the group that they want to take a "break", which means that member can play the melody on his instrument for the length of one verse or chorus. He indicates it by saying "I'll take it" or something appropriate. The group leader can also call out for someone to take the "break".

What kind of music is appropriate for the group?

Established Bluegrass, Mountain Music, Old Time and some country and folk style songs as long as they are played with an appropriate Bluegrass beat and musicality. Rock and roll, pop music and other forms of music will not be appropriate.

If I am new to Bluegrass, how can I fit in?
Ask tons of questions, play softly until you get the beat down completely and respect the musicality of the group. Always maintain the beat and remember to play softly when some has the "break" or if someone is singing with a soft voice. The best jams involve many different folks leading songs. It's fun, so go for it!

What do I need to bring?
Your instrument, books, music stand, clips to hold the book open, capo (if applicable) and an instrument stand. The book we use is the "Bluegrass Fakebook" by Bert Casey, which is readily available in bookstores and on-line retailers. We also post song sheets to this website: click the "More" tab above and then click "Files". We recommended that you print out these song sheets, put them in a binder and bring them to the jam. If you would like to lead a song that did not make it onto the set list or get posted in time, please bring sufficient copies to the jam to share with the group.

Are amplifiers allowed?
No. The only amplifier allowed would be for a bass guitar or U-Bass

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About The Milford Bluegrass Jam January 5, 2015 8:12 AM anonymous

Milford, CT

Founded Feb 28, 2012

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