Pick a song and play it II (bluegrass jam style)


Event Date: 
November 5, 2010 7:00pm -0400

Now don't get all freaked out... I don't mean actual bluegrass music (although god knows I do love a good banjo tune...) but rather the convention that bluegrass jams use for passing the song lead around the jam in a clockwise fashion. In this type of jam each participant in turn gets a chance to pick a progression/song (or pass if they feel so inclined). 60 minutes.

That was pretty fun, again,

That was pretty fun, again, I thought... I was surprised how much fun Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was... :P I think for future events I will try to pick at least one like that, where everyone really knows the tune without having to think about it...

Good old Johnny... Folsom

Good old Johnny...

Folsom Prison Blues, 48 BPI
|| A / / / | / / A7 / | D / / / | A / / / | E7 / / / | A / / / ||

I love this progression but

I love this progression but I don't particularly want to sing it, if someone else feels so inclined...

House of the Rising Sun, 32 BPI
|| Em G A C | Em G B / | Em G A C | Em B Em B ||

Since you added so many all

Since you added so many all at once I was expecting an "Announcing a wonderful new feature!" forum post...

Yes best solution is to have

Yes best solution is to have them
built from previous jams or edits.

Grand plan hmmm....with or without
more disk space?

Yes, I keep waiting for a

Yes, I keep waiting for a post from Tom, revealing his grand plan for the backtracks... like you said, only those that check http://ninbot.com/tracker would have seen them so far...

I vaguely remember something

I vaguely remember something similar... was it me? Oh dear... ;) But yes, I think having some to hand, ready to suggest - with bpm and bpi - would be really useful to help get jams started.

I'm not so sure about Tom's new backing tracks - maybe we could specially organise some recording sessions to be used just as backing and keep them short and simple. The advantage with the backing tracks is you can get the style / groove across.

I'm glad you responded, I

I'm glad you responded, I was just combing over the forum archives looking for something you had written... I thought you once posted something about how we could make a "songbook" or "progression book" but I couldn't remember if your intention was to just have them as forum posts...?

48bpi has the advantage of

48bpi has the advantage of fitting Jazz and Blues well.

Well, this is kind of

Well, this is kind of freeing, not so much pressure to pick "the one!" song... I figure I'll post my choices here, so I don't get flustered at jam time, I think I'll try to pick 3 or 4. I had wanted to make everything a single BPI to keep things simple, but we'll see, my first pick was not the 32 BPI that I was shooting for...

Twinkle-twinkle Little Star, 48 BPI
|| G / / / | C / G / | C / G / | D / G / |
| G / C / | G / D / | G / C / | G / D / |
| G / / / | C / G / | C / G / | D / G / ||

Double post, whoops.

Double post, whoops.

Interesting links about

Interesting links about general jamming etiquette.

I've been to a few bluegrass

I've been to a few bluegrass jams but I had to look up the "rules" to be sure I'd got it right. Turned out to be quite interesting reading, seeing written perspectives on a tradition similar (but much older) to what we do here:

http://www.ctbluegrass.org/jamrules.htm
http://www.s-w-b-a.com/pickerscorner_docs/etiquette.htm
http://www.musicjammers.com/jamrsite/blooz_zone/daveon_jammers.html



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