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Old 12-30-2014, 03:53 PM   #29
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Jamming uses the KISS principle- keep it simple

John Lennon said Rock and Roll should be like a chair…..that anyone could sit in. Folk music is music that folks can play. At Bluegrass festivals and gatherings, it is considered rude to play complicated songs, that people can't join in on. ( most bluegrass songs are 3 chords ) You may think it would be boring…..until you start a song by yourself….and by the end of the song there is perfect three part harmony, a fiddle, a mandolin, a banjo, a dobro, up right bass, and a few guitarist backing you up. Quite often total strangers.

I don't always play Bluegrass, but I ALWAYS have a couple of easy, familiar songs to play.

I know that Jazz is a different bird, but it started out as a Jam session ( J azz A after M idnight ) Mostly musicians playing for each other. I used to tell my guys…you are not playing to please yourself, or your 2 musician friends in the audience. You are playing for the audience ( and the bar owner, and the girl that caught your eye ha ha )

Dave, you can't believe how some Jazz musicians get turned on to Bluegrass….and RIP IT UP!!!! A friend of mine, John Carlini, an accomplished
Jazz guitarist, former Musical Director of The Ice Capades, plays a Bluegrass banjo that would knock your socks off.

I am not really trying to sell you on Bluegrass, just encouraging you to get out of the camper and " mix it up " with some friends that you haven't met yet.

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Old 12-30-2014, 04:12 PM   #30
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All good information and appreciate. I do sing a bit and do use cords for that ... Hmmm? Maybe I need to expand my horizons. I tend to be a serious sort of guy who could use some "lightening-up." Thanks for the push in a good direction. Dave

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Great discussion. What fun! I see that many of you are across the country - I hail from SC. Hope to meet you on the road some day and have my drum kit with me - bluegrass, country, rock - all good genres!

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