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.