From: Shirley Ranz <[address removed]> Date: Wed, 28 May[masked]:29:41 -0400 To: Tim Lahey <[address removed]>, <[address removed]>, Alan Friend <[address removed]>, Robin Greenstein <[address removed]>, Alan Podber <[address removed]> Subject: Re:The Big Apple
Eureka, I feel like Sir Isaac Newton being hit by the falling apple. “John Henry” is the song that is played with no chord changes and only a few flatted and raised notes for that bluesy flavor. This song should be played early in our set because of its symmetry and simplicity. I can start it off but can someone else bring the words? Like Jerry Ford, I can’t sing and pick at the same time and due to a memory problem, I frequently fine myself in the middle of a lyric or thought and my mind...............
For all you banjo fanatics out there, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn will be featured in a FREE concert at Castle Clinton on Thursday May 29th at 7 PM.
Pick up tickets starting at 5 PM. Check out web site for more details and other summer events at www.rivertorivernyc.com.
See you on the 9th.
From: Sue B <[address removed]> Reply-To: [address removed] Date: Tue, 27 May[masked]:22:40 -0400 (EDT) To: [address removed] Subject: [banjo-56] New Meeting: Bluegrass Slow Jam
Announcing a new meeting for NYC BLUEGRASS SLOW JAM (for Adv beginners and Int players)!
What: Bluegrass Slow Jam
When: Monday, June 9, 7:00 PM
Where: Click the link below to find out!
Who should come: You should attend this meetup if you play: banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro or bass. Singers welcome. This is a SLOW JAM -- meant for advanced beginning and intermediate players.
Why: If you're a fairly new player and really want to play with other people, this is the meetup for you. Most of the folks that are part of this meetup are new to jamming and it is very exciting to be playing in a group for the first time.
Meeting Description: This Meetup happens EVERY SECOND and FOURTH MONDAY OF THE MONTH
For the next meeting, think about learning some or all of these songs:
Banjo in the Hollow
Cluck Old Hen
Worried Man Blues
Skip to my Lou
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Old Joe Clark
Banjo in the Hollow
This Little Light of Mine
Hot Corn Cold Corn
Goin' down that Road Feeling Bad
Don't this Road Look Rough and Rocky
Litttle Darlin' Pal of Mind
Long Black Veil
If you have other songs that you want to share, make sure they're simple. And it would be icing on the cake if you could photocopy the song with the chords and pass it out to others in the group. We started at 4 people for the first meeting, then went to six for the second meeting and then went to 22 for the fourth meeting. Lots of people have been inquiring about this meetup -- a big happy surprise to me. This is the only public slow jam in NYC!
This meetup caters to an advanced beginner/intermediate level player. The jam happens every SECOND and FOURTH MONDAY of the MONTH -- even when I forget to post it on the site. As the jam has evolved, I have hired a rotating group of leaders who lead the jam from 7:30-9:30. This means that I must charge a $5.00 fee, so we can pay a leader. Each leader will choose 25-30 of their favorite bluegrass/old time songs. Click on the "Pages" tab at the top of the page for a description of our leaders and their songs.
Having a leader does not mean that jam participants cannot lead songs. But it does mean that there will be a few set guidelines. For example, people can only lead songs if 1) they know the song fully (including the words) 2) they are able to give out breaks effectively. This is a skill, and one that anyone can learn.
Finally, I want to let peole know that the jam is not a structured "class". Rather, it is a forum where leaders will be available to guide us along, ensure that there is a constant stream of jam-enhancing songs, and facilitate an amazing experience that is geared to an advanced beginner/intermediate level of player. Generally, after 9:30 or 10:00 an unstructured jam takes place, with higher level players. ALL are welcome to that too!