Posted by jrjenks on Saturday, March 20, 2010
A check-in on the Banjo versus TV project — J.R.'s ongoing plan to spend more time on his banjo than on TV. This post covers 2/21/2010 through 2/27/2010.
Midwest Banjo Camp (which will be held in Olivet, Michigan on June 4-6, 2010) has released MBC's Official List of Jamming Tunes for a type of jam session that's new this year: the play from a list jam.
In this type of jam the leaders promise to stick to a published list of songs. They've released official lists for bluegrass and old-time players.
I think it will be an interesting to see how this type of jam compares with the other kinds of jam that the camp offers: slow jams for novices, "how to jam" workshops, intermediate jams, open james, specialty jams (e.g. bluegrass vocals, old-time vocals, jazz and swing, and northern & Celtic) and experts' jams.
I'm likely to go to the bluegrass jam, so I took a look at the songs to see where I stand. Here's my take on the 25 songs in their bluegrass list and how well I could play them.
I could play these well and could improvise a little
- Bile 'em Cabbage Down
- Cripple Creek
- Good Old Mountain Dew
- Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
- Wabash Cannonball
- Will the Circle be Unbroken
- Worried Man Blues
I could do backup and could definitely fake a solo
- Amazing Grace
- Banjo in the Hollow
- Foggy Mountain Breakdown
- I Saw the Light
I could do backup and on a good day could fake a solo
- Blue Ridge Cabin Home
- Bury Me Beneath the Willow
- Clinch Mountain Backstep
- Little Cabin Home on the Hill
- Little Maggie
- Long Journey Home (Two Dollar Bill)
- Mama Don't Allow No Music (Played Round Here)
- New River Train
- Nine Pound Hammer
- Old Home Place
- Old Joe Clark
- Salt Creek
- Salty Dog
Couldn't really do it
- John Hardy
- Lonesome Road Blues
- Soldiers Joy
So I've been practicing some of the songs that needed work, especially Worried Man Blues, Long Journey Home, I Saw the Light and Mama Don't 'Low.
Also in the last week:
- Took Denephew to see Bla Fleck - The Africa Project at Old Town School of Folk Music. The Chicago Reader had picked this concert as a critics choice and they were right on target. Wish you had been there.
- I've now watched 85 of the 94 episodes of Phineas and Ferb. Episodes I'm missing:
Glad they're making new ones.
- "Tree to Get Ready"
- "Ready for the Bettys"
- "The Flying Fishmonger"
- "Phineas and Ferb's Musical Cliptastic Countdown"
- "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation"
- "Suddenly Suzy"
- "Undercover Carl"
- "Mom's Birthday Episode"
- "Journey to the Center of Candace"
- The moment you've all been waiting for has arrived. I've finally gone to Costello's Jam enough to earn my free sandwich! (It helped that I brought Denephew along and treated him to a sandwich.)
- I dropped Human Target from my DVR. How disappointing that the TV series chucked everything that made the comic interesting.
Cross-posted at J.R. Jenks' blog
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