What we're about

We are online during the coronavirus pandemic! When you RSVP to an event, you will receive an email with information about how to attend the Zoom meeting shortly before the meeting begins.

We are jamming online from 2:00 to 4:00 on the second Saturday of every month.

Classic rock, old time, folk, and blues.

Please pick a song from our online songbook at http://bit.ly/cjsongs . You can either lead the song or ask someone else to lead it.

The song leader will play and sing with mic on; everybody else plays along with mics off.

If you would like to lead a song that is not in our online songbook, you can present a digital copy of the lyrics and chords through Zoom's screen-share feature.

Why can't everyone have their mics turned on at the same time?

• Because of internet latency it takes a second or two for sounds and images travel from one device to another. This means that if, during a Zoom meeting, I say "hi" at exactly 2:00:00, you won't hear it until 2:00:01. When everyone has their mics turned on for a song, it's an audial train wreck. Believe me, we've tried. So it is best to have one person lead the song with his or her mic turned on and the rest of the group to have their mics turned off.

• There are apps out there, like Jamkazam, that promise a true online jam experience, but may not necessarily deliver on that promise (depending on circumstances).

What equipment do I need to participate in a Zoom meeting?

• You will need a microphone and a camera. Many laptops, smartphones, and tablets have built-in microphones and cameras. If you are using a PC, you will need a webcam with a microphone.

• For better sound quality, you might consider using a preamp, such as the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd generation USB audio interface, and combining it with an instrument pick-up.

• You might also consider using a headset with a built-in microphone.

What's the best way to set up my space for a Zoom meeting?

• Zoom works best if you can plug in an ethernet cord to connect directly to your internet source.

• Set up in a quiet spot indoors.

• Avoid having a light source, including a window, behind you.

• Your light source should be shining on your face.

• Sit close to your device so we can hear you.

• Angle your camera so we can see you.

How do I join the online meeting?

• Make sure that you sent an RSVP to our Meetup event.

• Check your email inbox on the day of the event (if you don't see an email from us, check your spam folder).

• Go to zoom.us (https://zoom.us/)

• Click "Join a Meeting."

• Enter the Meeting ID that was included in our email invitation and click "Join."

• When the prompt appears, click "Open Zoom Meetings."

• Enter the meeting password that was include in our email invitation and click "Join Meeting."

How do I change the settings in Zoom for the best sound quality?

• If you have arrived before the meeting has started, click "Test Computer Audio." Continue following the directions "When the Setting window opens" in this post (see below).

• If you have arrived after the meeting has started, move your mouse across your screen until the bottom toolbar appears. Click the up arrow which is to the immediate right of the microphone "Mute/Unmute" icon. From the pop-up menu, select "Audio Settings."

• When the Settings window opens to the "Audio" tab, make the following adjustments:

• Adjust the Speaker Volume to the loudest setting.

• Adjust the Microphone Volume to the loudest setting.

• Uncheck "Automatically adjust volume."

• For Audio Processing:

• Disable "Suppress Persistent Background Noise."

• Disable "Suppress Intermittent Background Noise."

• Leave "Echo cancellation" on Auto.

• Click "Test Speaker" and follow the prompts.

• Click "Test Mic" and follow the prompts.

• Make sure that "Press and hold SPACE key to temporarily unmute yourself" is checked.

• Click the "Advanced" button in the lower right-hand corner of the Settings window.

• Make sure that "Show in-meeting option to Enable Original Sound from microphone" is checked.

• Your changes will be saved automatically so you can click the X in the upper right-hand corner of the window to exit the Settings window.

• When the host has opened the meeting, you will see a button that says "Turn on Original Sound" in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.

• Click "Turn on Original Sound" so that it turns blue. Original sound is now on.

Online etiquette:

• Stay on "Mute" unless you are leading a song or you want to comment between songs. When you move your mouse over your screen, the bottom tool bar will appear. Click on the microphone icon to turn on "Mute." A red line will appear through the microphone icon. To turn off mute, click on the microphone icon to make the red line disappear. If you have enabled "Press and hold SPACE key to temporarily unmute yourself" (see directions above) then you can use the space bar on your keyboard to unmute yourself while you are talking.

• Keep your video turned on. If the camera icon on the bottom toolbar has a red line through it, then your camera is turned off. Click "Start video" to turn your camera on. NOTE: If you are having connectivity issues, turning your camera off can help with lag.

• When someone finishes leading a song, it is polite to give a silent cheer or to unmute yourself to complement the song leader.

• To keep our energy up, please try to keep conversations between songs on-topic.

• If you would like to share a link, you can post it in the chat box. Click on the "Chat" button on the bottom toolbar, type your message, and hit "Enter." You can close the chat box by clicking on the down arrow at the top of the chat box.

• To end your participation in the Zoom meeting, click on the "Leave" button in the lower right-hand corner.

• Carroll Jams strives to make our online jams as pleasant and safe as possible for everybody. Please do not share our Meeting ID and password on social media-- that's how the trolls and griefers get in. You can, however, invite people to become members of our Carroll Jams Meetup group so that they can RSVP to our events.

For more support with Zoom, visit https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us

Questions? Contact Laurie Precht, organizer, at laurieprecht@gmail.com

THE INFORMATION BELOW PERTAINS TO OUR IN-PERSON EVENTS WHICH HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, WE ARE HOLDING ALL OF OUR EVENTS ONLINE. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FOR FUTURE REFERENCE ONLY!

Acoustic jam! Mostly classic rock! Some blues and old-time, too! We post our songs at https://www.tinyurl.com/carrolljamssongs or http://bit.ly/cjsongs

Please note: all provided lyrics and chords are for educational use only.

If you've never been to a jam, here's what happens: a bunch of musicians show up and play. You'll see that some of the musicians already know one another and that others are new to the group. That doesn't matter much because in a jam everybody is considered a friend. We follow a kind of "jam etiquette" to make sure that everything runs smooth as silk. (See "Jam Etiquette" below.) Our jam isn't a practice session and we're not looking to perform anywhere.

Our goal is to have fun playing and singing together.

In addition, we play from the online songbook (see links at the beginning of this description). We have a few digital tablets to share, but we recommend that you consider purchasing a used tablet (screen size 10.1" or larger) from ebay, Facebook Marketplace, or shopgoodwill.com for your own use. Used tablets usually sell for between $25 and $50.

You'll have an opportunity to pick out a song from the songbook. Bring a music stand if you have one. If you want to lead a song that's not in the book or in our Meetup files, bring at least 10 copies of the song with lyrics and chords. A lot of our musicians do not read music.

If you'd like, you can perform a song for the group. It's up to you-- just let Laurie know when you get to the jam that you'd like to perform one. And then remind her because she forgets stuff.

We welcome acoustic guitars, ukuleles, mandolins, banjos, fiddles, violas, cellos and stand-up basses, recorders, concert flutes, penny whistles, harmonicas, accordions or concertinas, woodwinds (clarinets, saxophones, melodicas), hammered dulcimers (lap dulcimers if you can accompany a guitar). If you play electric keyboard, please bring your own. Drummers who can play delicately with brushes are invited to bring a small drum. Handheld percussion instruments such as rasps, shakers, and bones are welcome, too.

Singers are much needed! We will provide a mic on a stand if you would like to use it.

We are beginner-friendly although participants will be expected to be familiar with the basics of their instruments (for example, string players should be able to easily manage the following chords: A, Am, A7, Am7, B, Bb, Bm, Bm7, C, C7, D, Dm, D7, E, Em, E7, F, G, Gm, and G7 or should be able to pick out the melody by ear).

Friends and family can come "just to observe," but we bet that they'll get in on the singing before the jam ends! Well-behaved children over the age of six are welcome if they sit with their parents.

Please bring some money with you if you want to order something yummy to eat. We eat from 1:00 to 2:00. Bring your own beer or wine (BYOB).

No pets. No drugs. No vaping or smoking in the circle. No intoxication. No weapons. Just plain fun.

Please note: We are not an improvisational music group (except for solos). Thanks for understanding!

JAM ETIQUETTE:

-Listen while you play. Good listeners make better players.

-Buy an electronic clip-on tuner. Tune up before you come inside the circle.

-Your volume should match the group's volume.

-Likewise, your tempo should match the group's tempo. No need to rush things!

-I'll ask folk before we start the jam if they'd like to solo. It's OK to pass.

-If the song leader calls you out to solo, give the song leader a "heads up" when you're done soloing.

-When someone is soloing, it's mighty polite to drop your volume a little so that you can hear the solo. Also, it's understood that when someone is soloing, all the other players lend support by playing a simpler line.

-The jam's organizer will pick out and lead the first song. After that, we'll go around the circle to pick songs. (Note: If you've picked a song, but you don't want to lead it, that's OK. The jam organizer will lead it.)

-We like it when everybody sings along!

-To keep up the energy, we respectfully ask that players don't "noodle around" between songs. If the jam organizer hears a lot of noodling going on, she'll call "Sticks up!" (she's an old drum teacher and some habits are hard to break) and then everybody throws their hands in the air.

-The circle is for playing. If you're conversing while others are playing, kindly find a cozy place outside of the circle and out of earshot where you can continue your conversation.

-Although we are beginner friendly, the purpose of the jam is to play... not to practice. If you are still a beginning beginner, make sure that you can easily shift between the chords listed above. If you need help learning these, you might consider taking some lessons (even self-taught Internet lessons) before you wade into playing in the jam. Practice the upcoming songs at home (that's why we provide them in our files). If you're learning how to play the uke, I might suggest http://www.doctoruke.com and http://www.ukuleletricks.com/11-must-know-ukulele-chords-for-beginners/

-If we're meeting at Blue Bistro, plan to arrive at 1:00 so that you can buy some lunch (and support our wonderful sponsors) if you so choose. We'll get started on the jam around 2:00.

Questions? Contact Laurie Precht, organizer, at laurieprecht@gmail.com

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Online Eat 'n' Jam!

Online event

We are online during the coronavirus pandemic! When you RSVP to an event, you will receive an email with information about how to attend the Zoom meeting shortly before the meeting begins.

Please see our full directions on our main Meetup page.

We are jamming online from 2:00 to 4:00 on the second Saturday of every month.

Please pick a song from our online songbook at bit.ly/cjsongs
You can either lead the song or ask someone else to lead it.
The song leader will play and sing with mic on; everybody else plays along with mics off.
If you would like to lead a song that is not in our online songbook, you can present a digital copy of the lyrics and chords through Zoom's screen-share feature.

What equipment do I need to participate in a Zoom meeting?
• You will need a microphone and a camera. Many laptops, smartphones, and tablets have built-in microphones and cameras. If you are using a PC, you will need a webcam with a microphone.
• You might also consider using a headset with a built-in microphone.

What's the best way to set up my space for a Zoom meeting?
• Zoom works best if you can plug in an ethernet cord to connect directly to your internet source.
• Set up in a quiet spot indoors.
• Avoid having a light source, including a window, behind you.
• Your light source should be shining on your face.
• Sit close to your device so we can hear you.
• Angle your camera so we can see you.

How do I join the online meeting?
• Make sure that you sent an RSVP to our Meetup event.
• Check your email inbox on the day of the event (if you don't see an email from us, check your spam folder).
• Go to zoom.us
• Click "Join a Meeting."
• Enter the Meeting ID that was included in our email invitation and click "Join."
• When the prompt appears, click "Open Zoom Meetings."
• Enter the meeting password that was include in our email invitation and click "Join Meeting."

Online Eat 'n' Jam!

Online event

We are online during the coronavirus pandemic! When you RSVP to an event, you will receive an email with information about how to attend the Zoom meeting shortly before the meeting begins.

Please see our full directions on our main Meetup page.

We are jamming online from 2:00 to 4:00 on the second Saturday of every month.

Please pick a song from our online songbook at bit.ly/cjsongs
You can either lead the song or ask someone else to lead it.
The song leader will play and sing with mic on; everybody else plays along with mics off.
If you would like to lead a song that is not in our online songbook, you can present a digital copy of the lyrics and chords through Zoom's screen-share feature.

What equipment do I need to participate in a Zoom meeting?
• You will need a microphone and a camera. Many laptops, smartphones, and tablets have built-in microphones and cameras. If you are using a PC, you will need a webcam with a microphone.
• You might also consider using a headset with a built-in microphone.

What's the best way to set up my space for a Zoom meeting?
• Zoom works best if you can plug in an ethernet cord to connect directly to your internet source.
• Set up in a quiet spot indoors.
• Avoid having a light source, including a window, behind you.
• Your light source should be shining on your face.
• Sit close to your device so we can hear you.
• Angle your camera so we can see you.

How do I join the online meeting?
• Make sure that you sent an RSVP to our Meetup event.
• Check your email inbox on the day of the event (if you don't see an email from us, check your spam folder).
• Go to zoom.us
• Click "Join a Meeting."
• Enter the Meeting ID that was included in our email invitation and click "Join."
• When the prompt appears, click "Open Zoom Meetings."
• Enter the meeting password that was include in our email invitation and click "Join Meeting."

Online Eat 'n' Jam!

Online event

We are online during the coronavirus pandemic! When you RSVP to an event, you will receive an email with information about how to attend the Zoom meeting shortly before the meeting begins.

Please see our full directions on our main Meetup page.

We are jamming online from 2:00 to 4:00 on the second Saturday of every month.

Please pick a song from our online songbook at bit.ly/cjsongs
You can either lead the song or ask someone else to lead it.
The song leader will play and sing with mic on; everybody else plays along with mics off.
If you would like to lead a song that is not in our online songbook, you can present a digital copy of the lyrics and chords through Zoom's screen-share feature.

What equipment do I need to participate in a Zoom meeting?
• You will need a microphone and a camera. Many laptops, smartphones, and tablets have built-in microphones and cameras. If you are using a PC, you will need a webcam with a microphone.
• You might also consider using a headset with a built-in microphone.

What's the best way to set up my space for a Zoom meeting?
• Zoom works best if you can plug in an ethernet cord to connect directly to your internet source.
• Set up in a quiet spot indoors.
• Avoid having a light source, including a window, behind you.
• Your light source should be shining on your face.
• Sit close to your device so we can hear you.
• Angle your camera so we can see you.

How do I join the online meeting?
• Make sure that you sent an RSVP to our Meetup event.
• Check your email inbox on the day of the event (if you don't see an email from us, check your spam folder).
• Go to zoom.us
• Click "Join a Meeting."
• Enter the Meeting ID that was included in our email invitation and click "Join."
• When the prompt appears, click "Open Zoom Meetings."
• Enter the meeting password that was include in our email invitation and click "Join Meeting."

Online Eat 'n' Jam!

Online event

We are online during the coronavirus pandemic! When you RSVP to an event, you will receive an email with information about how to attend the Zoom meeting shortly before the meeting begins.

Please see our full directions on our main Meetup page.

We are jamming online from 2:00 to 4:00 on the second Saturday of every month.

Please pick a song from our online songbook at bit.ly/cjsongs
You can either lead the song or ask someone else to lead it.
The song leader will play and sing with mic on; everybody else plays along with mics off.
If you would like to lead a song that is not in our online songbook, you can present a digital copy of the lyrics and chords through Zoom's screen-share feature.

What equipment do I need to participate in a Zoom meeting?
• You will need a microphone and a camera. Many laptops, smartphones, and tablets have built-in microphones and cameras. If you are using a PC, you will need a webcam with a microphone.
• You might also consider using a headset with a built-in microphone.

What's the best way to set up my space for a Zoom meeting?
• Zoom works best if you can plug in an ethernet cord to connect directly to your internet source.
• Set up in a quiet spot indoors.
• Avoid having a light source, including a window, behind you.
• Your light source should be shining on your face.
• Sit close to your device so we can hear you.
• Angle your camera so we can see you.

How do I join the online meeting?
• Make sure that you sent an RSVP to our Meetup event.
• Check your email inbox on the day of the event (if you don't see an email from us, check your spam folder).
• Go to zoom.us
• Click "Join a Meeting."
• Enter the Meeting ID that was included in our email invitation and click "Join."
• When the prompt appears, click "Open Zoom Meetings."
• Enter the meeting password that was include in our email invitation and click "Join Meeting."

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