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    I agree that a jam session generally has to focus on tunes with a fairly broad appeal and simple structure to succeed.

    That said, I've had success lately with introducing a Texas Swing accompaniment to those who know "Sally Goodin". I'm happy to play a challenging three-note chord accompaniment pattern that follows the bass line while the fiddlers play the melody, then I'll switch to a few simple improv's on the melody and let the guitar players play the simpler chord accompaniment.

    The more challenging accompaniment intrigues the guitar and bass players and one or two will usually ask for a copy to work out for future jams. The banjo players like the tune because they can play the melody high up the neck.

    The best aspect of this approach is that everyone plays at their own skill level on the same tune.
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    I've been to a couple of bluegrass jams in London (there only seem to be a couple!) and at both there have been good dobro players who play Jerry Douglas's 'Tennessee Fluxedo' - great tune to play and pretty simple to pick up.

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    That is a good tune, has a couple of quirks in the timing, but if you have pickers who know how it goes, perfect. Buck White plays mandolin on the Flux recording, just a great syncopated break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanN View Post
    That is a good tune, has a couple of quirks in the timing, but if you have pickers who know how it goes, perfect. Buck White plays mandolin on the Flux recording, just a great syncopated break.
    Yeah the mandolin break on the recording is great!
    I've played it with 2 guys and one plays a simpler version that's easier to pick up the chords to but the original is better if everyone picks up the little pushes in the accompaniment.

    We tend to miss out the breakneck re-cap at the end though!

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    Yeah, forgot about that I-IV fade-out romp at the end. Cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lmartnla View Post
    Hard Times Come Again No More - speaking of Stephen Foster
    (This one has phrases you won't meet every day:
    "frail forms fainting at the door"
    "pale drooping maiden "
    "sigh that is wafted across the troubled wave"
    "dirge that is murmured around the lowly grave")

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    I love that song also. Have a great version with mandolin by the McGarrigle Family.
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    Default Re: cool tunes that no one plays at jams

    I drag out stuff like:
    'With a little bit of luck' , and 'Doe a Deer' , from My Fair Lady,

    Some where Over The Rainbow, .. 'If I only Had a Brain', from the wizard of OZ

    Brubeck's '3 to get Ready'

    Mills Brothers' .. 'You only hurt the one you love'

    Habenera from Bizet's 'Carmen' Lilli Marlene , Samba de Orphu

    Do the Hokey Pokie , teddy bear's picnic , Alabama Jubilee .

    St Louis , and Limehouse Blues .. etc.

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    'Doe a Deer' , from My Fair Lady
    Actually, from The Sound Of Music. Regardless, fun to pick (and valuable learning opportunity).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    ... and 'Doe a Deer' , from My Fair Lady
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    OOps it was late, 'with a little bit' was the 'My fair lady', bit,
    probably should have waited till after
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim_n_virginia View Post
    Some of the tunes I think that are not done a lot everywhere but familiar enough to where people generally have heard of them or it would be easy enough to find the tune online to learn is...

    Rebecca
    In my area (Pacific NW) Rebecca gets played in jams so often I cringe when I hear it now!
    I'm always trying to get folks to play "Ride the Wild Turkey" but so far I haven't had any luck.

    I wish Cheyenne was a little more popular jam tune.

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    Agree about Rebecca. With no offence to the composer, there must be other tunes in B chord that people know and can be picked, like

    Richmond, a Larry Sparks/Barry Crabtree number
    Blackjack, JD Crowe

    I too dig RTWT, but nobody, I mean nobody does it around here. And Cheyenne is very cool, I try to pick the B part when I can. Done Gone is another one for Bb. I try to steer folks to the un-commonly played fiddle tunes, which are all pretty straightforward - Liberty, Miller's Reel, Snowflake Reel.

    It's a tough road...

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    SugarHill by Dawg..another bflat tune.

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    And for Bb, NCR of course, daresay it's almost overcooked. One of the best recorded versions I've ever heard of that Wakefield tune was on a Bob Harris guitar album. Barry Mitterhoff and Vic D'Amico on twin mandolins - just perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlanN View Post
    And for Bb, NCR of course, daresay it's almost overcooked. One of the best recorded versions I've ever heard of that Wakefield tune was on a Bob Harris guitar album. Barry Mitterhoff and Vic D'Amico on twin mandolins - just perfect.
    I'll have to check out the Bob Harris version. I really like Jesse Brock's version on his solo album.

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    Yes, Jesse's version is very good, as is Ray Legere's break on Wyatt Rice's version on his New Market Gap. Some hot pickin.

    Nolan,

    That Bob Harris will be tough to find, as it was recorded pre-CD age. If I can swing it, I'll let you know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nolan View Post
    I'm always trying to get folks to play "Ride the Wild Turkey" but so far I haven't had any luck.
    You pick the tar outta that one Nolan! I'm starting to hear that one more and more (I think Pete Martin plays it too).

    Ditto on Rebecca, nice tune, but gets played a little too much IMHO. Herschel has a ton of other great tunes.

    Ditto on Cheyenne too. Whenever I try to get people to play that they claim they've never heard it

    New Camptown Races? Another tune that's got a lotta jamplay up in our part of the country. Check out David Peters version on Art in America - 5 stars!

    ...and while we're at it how about Back Up & Push, East Tennesee Blues and Panhandle Country. I never hear those and they are classics!
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    Brown Akers,
    I'm wonderin who/where/when you play with Lightnin Charlie. There is a blues guy who lives near me by that name...

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    Good call on those three tunes Pete!

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    Charlie's a neighbor who played for years in various bands from Texas to Colorado to Oklahoma. He's originally from Alabama. Been playing close to 45 years.
    The kind of player that even when I produce the most anemic, ill conceived excuse for a lead break he'll be encouraging and try to find something good to say about it.
    We play some informal jams in the area but mostly a duo thing - I like playing rhythm and singing and he just tears it up - Country, Country Blues, Swing, little Blues, little Beatles.Too much fun to be able to accompany a playa' like that.
    I just call him Lightnin' - just a goof. He's really just.......Charlie. If that's his REAL name.
    If your in the area and want to play - send me a message.

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