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Bluegrass Jam class – Berkeley
November 29 @ 8:00 pm - 9:15 pm
An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until December 13, 2022
Now that the bluegrass festival season is (almost!) over, you’re probably all fired up to get in tip-top shape for the next one, and jam your heart out all night long. Or maybe you’ve always been a little apprehensive and shy to join a jam, but you’re really eager to do that.
So to get you ready, we’ll play, and learn the musical and etiquette rules you need to know, some of them unsaid, to make sure you can be an active jam participant.
By the end of the class, you’ll know how to join a jam, how to prepare and call your own songs, how to play along with a song you’re not familiar with (or familiar with but in a different key), how to start a song and describe it to those who don’t know it, how to “guess” what the next chord is, what backup and fills to play, how to start a solo, etc.
We’ll play fast and slow songs, waltzes, fiddle tunes, the whole gamut.
We’ll emphasize and practice how to play rhythm with, and listen to, the other players, because that’s the single most important skill that’ll get you invited back… or not! Anything is fair game, from what is “bluegrass rhythm”, to how to chop, which chords and bass runs to play, etc.
And most important of all, the goal is to give you the confidence to play with others, enjoy doing so, and have the other jammers appreciate you being part of the circle.
The class is open to all bluegrass instrument players (guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, bass) and/or singers. From beginners to advanced, although you should know how to play the basic C, D, G, A, etc. chords (a.k.a. I/IV/V) in common bluegrass keys. And if you don’t know what I/IV/V means don’t worry, you’ll see, it’s very simple. Note this is NOT a class to learn how to play an instrument!
And, as a bonus, you’ll see how the same principles apply when you join a band, so we’ll talk about that.
I’ll have songs and tunes ready for us to play, but the best would be for YOU to bring songs YOU want to share.
The class is every Tuesday at 8pm starting November 8 , and runs 6 weeks until December 13.
(and if you’re interested there is also a Swing Guitar class same dates, at 6:30pm)