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A special place to come and jam with Bluegrass music. Guitar players, banjo pickers, mandolin players and bass players welcome. Our group focuses on Bluegrass music and traditional songs. You don't have to be Earl Scruggs or Doc Watson...just enjoy playing Bluegrass. No Special format. Just pull a chair up to the circle and start pickin'. Our official group songbook will be the "Bluegrass Fakebook" available on Amazon.com Other books available are "Rise up singing", also available on Amazon.
The purpose of our Meet up group?
To promote and enjoy the playing of Bluegrass and mountain music in a group setting. Less emphasis is placed on individual performances and more on the groups overall sound and performance level.
Who is welcome?
Anyone who plays bluegrass music on a guitar, mandolins, violin, bass fiddle, fiddle, banjo, banjo uke, tenor guitar, tenor banjo or autoharp. Our initial venue is small and limited to 12 musicians. If the group expands, we will be moving to a larger venue.
Where to park?
Please park in the parking spots along to main road and not directly in front of the shop in our little mall.
How does the meet-up work?
This is not an "open mike" forum. We all sit in a circle and the leader of the group calls the first song. At the conclusion of the song, the choice now 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 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.
What do I need to bring?
Your instrument, books, music stand, clips to hold the book open, capo (if applicable) and folding chair or stool. Some chairs and stool s are available but if you could be your own, we can be sure everyone will have a place to sit.