Although this jam is open to different levels, styles and instruments, a basic knowledge of chord structures and keys is helpful. This jam is not best for rank beginners, but if you are a beginner, it’s a great opportunity to come and listen, or sit on the outside of the circle and play along quietly.
Bring some songs to play or learn some new ones from your fellow jammers, based on the oral tradition of sharing. It’s always great if you can bring lyrics to pass out and be prepared to teach your song to the group. Songs with a minimum of chords in the folk, old-time and bluegrass genre are best, such as Worried Man Blues, New River Train, and Nine-pound Hammer.
The Wednesday jam uses a Google group to share videos and instructional material of songs and tunes played weekly at the jam. All jam participants have the opportunity to join the Google group.
Please bring your courteous self. The jam is self-regulated and jamming etiquette is required to attend. If the circle is small enough, everyone will hopefully get to present a song or tune. Please ask at the beginning of your turn who’d like to take breaks (solos) during your song, and go around the circle accordingly for breaks/leads. Let everyone know the tempo, the key, and the arrangement.
In summary, keep it simple and have fun!