What we're about
The group is currently full. Attendance is limited to 8 or 10 people for nearly all events. More than that number makes it impossible to actually work on a song -- skills, harmony, etc. If you really wish to participate, message me privately via MeetUp and tell me more about yourself, your music, etc. We have a special need for people who play something other than quitar! So, if you play fiddle, squeeze box, whistle, flute, dobro, dulcimer, harp, mando, banjo etc., please DO message me! Banjo players -- please no resonators in the house. They overpower everyone else.
This group is for adults who want to get together and play acoustic music -- folk, rock, country, blues, bluegrass, or whatever excites you. Most of us play guitar, but all portable instruments are welcome. We would love to have a couple more fiddle and mandolin players. This is NOT a beginners group; but, this group will help you build skills, assist you in meeting other players, allow you to practice in a group setting, help you feel comfortable playing in front of a group, and maybe get you ready to play in front of family and friends or an open mic somewhere.
We meet every Monday evening from 6:30 to 9 (sometimes later) at my house (work schedule permitting). I have a big screen TV to display the music for all to see. That said, if anyone wants to host a session at a different location, or on a different day of the week, Do It!! In any event, feel free to upload songs to the Files folder or bring hard copies to pass around. Downloadable PDF practice sheets and a section for strumming patterns for the songs we've done can be found under our 'Files' link.
I encourage everyone to have a thought for jam session etiquette:
Questions? Post them under Discussions or message me. You will need a capo and a tuner. Music stands and tablets or iPads are nice to have too since all our songs are on Dropbox.
**Instruments such as a standup bass, a cello, a keyboard or drum set are too big for the limited space in my living room. Bagpipes are too loud, but if you have an electric chanter a bagpipe is great for many trad songs and even some country. If you don't believe me, listen to Battlefield Band doing Six Days on the Road! ^_^
This MeetUp Group is currently at capacity and closed to new members.
From time to time I review the membership and remove people who haven't been attending in recent months. So, check back occasionally and see if there are openings. Again, if you play something other than guitar, or have special skill such as slide guitar, please message me privately.
Note: I am NOT an instructor and I'm constantly trying to improve my skills. But I've found I learn better playing with others and I enjoy meeting new people and jamming. I hope to build a casual fun setting where we can meet, learn, and practice without any judgement or pressure of a live audience. So come prepared to share your experience, learn, and, above all, have fun!
The goal of the this group is to provide an environment where we can come together and work on improving our skills and making songs sound good. We are not a place for brand new players. You need to have a basic skill set with your instrument and be able to work with the group.*
We play many types of music from blues to rock to traditional to bluegrass to folk to swing. We play what we enjoy and we may repeat a song a couple of times so we can get the timing and phrasing right, get the chord progression down and decide on a key that best suits us.
I encourage everyone to contribute to song list and to introduce new material. Our list is now quite long and will continue to grow. When you come to a session, please be prepared to lead a couple of songs.
A new feature of the group will be occasional focus nights where we will work on a select genre or a specified song list. The goal on these nights will be working songs up so we can play them comfortably without relying on the computer display.
So, come share the joy of playing in a group. Feel free to add songs to the Files folder and bring your guitar or any other small instrument** you like!
*Playing in a group requires certain courtesies that I wasn't aware of when I first started hosting so I think it's worth reviewing some of these points here. Paramount items are NOT playing your instrument when we're discussing the material, NOT playing loudly when someone is playing an instrumental during a song, not playing in sync with the group, or carrying on a loud private discussion while we are playing. If you don't know a song, just listen until you understand what's going on and then quietly join in. Banjo players, please remove your resonator :)