Posted by Mario Rimoldi on Monday, August 26, 2013
I finally jammed with a bluegrass musician this past Saturday and I stumbled all over the place , forgot notes , etc. I know many articles have been written about this but this has finally happened to me. Up to this point I have played in front of family and friends and my buddy next door (who plays guitar) and everything has been great, I have recorded myself playing and have posted MP3's and videos on this sight and so far so good, but about a week ago I placed an add online saying Bluegrass Banjo seeks Guitar player, and I explained that I have been playing for three years now but was looking for someone to jam with on a regular basis. The ad was answered in a week and veteran bluegrass player came over my house and the first song he picked was nine pound hammer which I have a little trouble with and I stumbled all over the place, he gave me a list of songs to play and I only knew two of the songs on the list! No Cripple Creek (even though we did play it) I did ok , No John Hardy, Fireball Mail ..etc.., so basically I just did vamping for two hours, I was to afraid to take a break, I was sweating all over the place, thank God he brought over a few Beers! I had my own too! And at the end of all this he wants to jam again? So I think I will give it a try, of course when he left I played good again. God has a sense of humor!
Monday, August 26, 2013 @10:39:45 AM
Happens to me often! The minute I get ready to play in front of people my hands/fingers start shaking so badly I can't hit the strings!!!! At home by myself, I bored stiff and sick of playing alone, but I do pretty well on medium speed songs. I just started a weekly slow jam session in my area and have about 8 to 10 different instruments coming, all except one guitar player is at my level, and everyone but the guitar player has the same problem. We are all having a wonderful time, learning new things every time and intend to keep it up till we learn how to do this well!!
Mario Rimoldi Says:
Monday, August 26, 2013 @10:45:44 AM
Yeah I'm sick of playing by myself too, so I think it is learning experience I will have to go through just like the rest of us.have a great Labor Day.
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