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Finally getting into Jammin'!

Posted by DIV on Tuesday, April 13, 2010

After playing "in the closet" for more than 20 years, I'm finally picking with other musicians.  Thank you to Peter Tilton and the Gypsy Java Cafe in Seattle for the wonderful workshop and Jam session every Wednesday night!  Just what the doctor ordered!!!  I'm getting there, but I'm basically re-learning everything that I "taught" myself from books over the last 2 decades.  This is the unfortunate price you pay when you don't have professional instruction and education.



12 comments on “Finally getting into Jammin'!”

myfavefive Says:
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @11:41:00 AM

You got your ship pointed in the right direction now. Full steam ahead!

DIV Says:
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @12:30:28 PM

Thanks Tom!
Yeah, I might have some artillary to join up with you in a little picking some day soon!
It was great meeting you finally at Wintergrass!

Banjov1 Says:
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @1:13:40 PM

My cousin's in the same boat. He has good rhythm and works hard on his technique, and even though he'd been playing for almost 30 years, he never really played with others that much. He's just starting to get into jamming and it's sort of awkward for him at times. But he's picking it up and seems to really be enjoying it.

DIV Says:
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @1:19:30 PM

nice to hear I'm not the only "closet picker!"
thanks for posting your comment.

Jane C Says:
Thursday, April 15, 2010 @3:11:06 PM

Twenty years in the closet! I thought four was a lot. Sounds like you're having fun now you're out.

DIV Says:
Thursday, April 15, 2010 @3:25:50 PM

Lot's of re-learning to do. I wish I didn't have to go to work!;)

Grumps Says:
Thursday, April 15, 2010 @3:27:13 PM

& I,was beginning to thing I was unique!
There's nowt new in this world! especially our beautiful 'Banjo World'. Congratulations Daniel on your 'better late than never' move, which I've yet to make myself.

DIV Says:
Thursday, April 15, 2010 @4:06:02 PM

Thanks, Grumps!

Jonno B Says:
Friday, April 16, 2010 @9:32:27 AM

I agree with all the comments. Fortunately after only two years I found a great tutor in the guise of Joemac, Joe McIlvenny in Corby, UK. My only regret is that I didn't find him two years ago. Having a great time. Hope you are too.

stanger Says:
Friday, April 16, 2010 @4:40:25 PM

You were sounding very good at Wintergrass! The jams must be paying off, big time!

john leary Says:
Monday, April 19, 2010 @6:13:37 AM

I envy you guys over yonder.
Correct if I'm wrong, but bluegrass jamming sessions seems to be a regular thing in the states, but over here there like rocking horse dung.

I had to go about it the opposite way round.
First I started to learn bluegrass banjo, (closet style) then after a long time, I finally found a guitarist who was like minded.
And before long we'd got a five piece band together and now ding gigs.
So now we're talking about creating a jamming sessions just for bluegrass enthusiasts to come along and do their thing.

But hey, which ever way round we do it it's great fun.
Keep on jamming Dan

DIV Says:
Monday, April 19, 2010 @7:45:09 AM

Thanks guys. John-I WISH I had a guitarist close by and I wasn't able to convince my wife yet to learn an instrument.

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