Hello and welcome to the "Westchester Acoustic Guitar Meetup" Group. Here you will find more details about us.
Meetup with local acoustic players for informal jam sessions. All levels are welcome but we are basically an "Intermediate to Advanced" group at heart. Knowledge of the open chords and an ability to "play well with others" are the only real requirements!
Q: Who should join?
Anyone into Acoustic playing and jamming and glad to blend their instrument and voice into the happy medium where mistakes can't be heard!
Q: It says "Guitar" - I play Bass/Harmonica/Keyboards/Sing
You are welcome too! The emphasis is on "Acoustic". And singers are definitely welcome!
Q: How difficult are the songs you play?
If you cannot play on more challenging chord songs (does the very idea of C#m send a chill down your spine?) then make sure to bring a simple song or two you can suggest the group plays. The group is more than happy to play a simple song, it just has to be there on paper!
- For the jams, the songs we usually play range from surprisingly simple to moderately challenging, taking into account the skills and tastes of those attending, and always with a focus on group participation rather than solo performance.
- For the Fingerstyle Meetups, they are as difficult as you want to play since these Meetups emphasize solo performance.
Q: What are the formats of your Meetups?
This is a work in progress, but I think we're moving to having a theme for the first hour of the Meetup where everyone will get a chance to play a song or style tailored to the theme. The song can either be a solo piece (finger style) or open to the group (chords). We'll go around in a circle and each person will have a chance to pick the next song, or pass. After the right point, we'll switch over to general jamming on any-old-song, theme or not, but again, letting each person have a chance to pick a song. After that, all hell breaks loose I guess! ;-)
Q: How much preparation is required for each Meetup?
Putting aside my preparation as organizer, your preparation as a participant is smaller, but it does exist. These meetups are what *we* make of it, you get out of it what you put into it. If everyone shows up and does the old "I dunno, what do you want to play?" thing then things get bogged down pretty quickly. If you want to play this great song but you didn't bring any copies for people to play, or you bring a copy that you yourself say is in the wrong key, well, things also bog down.
With about 8 to 10 people a meetup if everyone brings printouts of at least four songs that either they or the group can get immediately into, then we'll have about 35 songs and the night is taken care of and will be great! If everyone comes though with just a guitar and a sheepish grin, then it'll be a slow night!!!
Q: Where will we meet?
Here, there, and everywhere, until we find a home. If you know a cool place in your area let me know.
Q: What are the Pleasantville "Folk Circle" and "Open Mic Nights" about?
The Pleasantville group is a separate, independent, organization that has been running their own sessions for years. They meet every second Friday of the month for a folk circle, and the next day host an open mic.
Q: What are the Post Bar and Grill nights about?
The Post Bar and Grill in Mamaroneck have an open mic night on Mondays and Thursdays. Mondays they have a house band that let you play with them, Thursday is a regular open mic. They also do other things other nights.
Q: I know about a cool group that is already up and running, should I tell you about them?
Yes, please do! Besides our official Meetups, I would like this Meetup.com group to be a center point for all things "Westchester Acoustic", so if you know of something, let me know and I'll post it!
Q: Who's that a picture of in the "photos" section?
Jimmy Page, from Led Zeppelin. Most people know him as a bombastic plugged in rock god (nothing wrong with that) but most do not know he was a former session player who knew his chops and was a brilliant guitarist. Almost all Led Zeppelin live shows had a time set aside for Page and the boys to sit down and play acoustic.
Q: Wow, how much time did you spend making this 'About' page'?
Too much. I'm going to go practice now