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    Default Re: When are you ready for a jam session

    So Peter, where are you located?
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    Default Re: When are you ready for a jam session

    I just posted a similar question on the Newbies Social Group here on this site. I was lucky to find a beginner jam class- no commitment to attend regularly. We have banjos, violins and acoustic guitars and 2-3 on Mandos. We started with 16 and this week there were only 8 of us. It was intimidating the first time which was just 2 months ago, as I'm used to playing alone or my individual lesson every 2 weeks.
    I do think it has helped my confidence and I feel more like I really am a Mandolin player now. I used to feel like I just was practicing and not seeing much progress. I kiddingly remind myself and friends that I don't have a Grand Ole Opry gig coming up any time soon! All the others have very good advice. It is a good idea to recognize the cords the guitar is playing. Id jump on in and join a group or at least sit in.
    BYW. I'm about 1 1/2 years since I started playing and think I'm not very good but really like playing anyway.
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    It's best to get a few peanut butter sessions under your belt first.
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    Default Re: When are you ready for a jam session

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    It's best to get a few peanut butter sessions under your belt first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timbofood View Post
    So Peter, where are you located?
    I'm in westfield Massachusetts

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    Default Re: When are you ready for a jam session

    My first bluegrass/folk/OT session was after many years of playing guitar and just a couple playing mandolin. But that's only because I had not explored the opportunity earlier.

    I tell players at all levels to go to jams. If you don't know the song and you don't feel comfortable getting visual cues (assuming your ear isn't tuned for changes yet) from another player, lay out. When you do feel comfortable join in.

    The more you go, the better your ears will get, and the more comfortable you'll be taking visual cues for songs/tunes you don't know. Then one day you'll be calling songs in the circle and newbies will be looking to you for cues.

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    The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time to plant one is today. Go to the jam and see if you can play along with anything they play. The most important thing you can learn from a jam is how to listen to other musicians. Hopefully most at the jam will know how to do the same. Everyone at the jam will know what it is like to be in your position as they all were there once. I've learned more in jams, in my many years of playing, than I could ever have learned alone. Go to the next one you can and as many more after as possible. Each time you go, you will learn a little more.
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    Is there a music store, hangout where you can meet, chat or otherwise hobnob with like minded folks? That's a great way to try to start too. Take your mandolin down, chat with the staff, try and buy some picks, a spare set of strings or two. Get a feel for the people, place, the musical attitude. I know the world has changed and back when I was working in a store, we had a card table, coffee pot, even ashtrays! And a fridge for "serious" customer beverages. It was really easy to sit and pick with people, Joel Mabus, Frank Wakefield, Howard Armstrong, Utah Phillips, Steve Goodman were visitors, while I may or may not have picked with all of them, I learned from every one! The more you're around musicians, the more you will learn.
    Seek out the pickers who are weeks ahead of you as well as the ones who are professionals. I've always been impressed with the generosity shown me by the "big guns!"
    Do NOT get discouraged, there will be rough patches, after 45 years I still hit them, play and I mean PLAY though them, it will be fine.
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