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Go jamming!

Sunday, February 10, 2008

In Norway there aren't any jams to go to, so I put in an ad and then invited them to my house. In the US, I guess you need a pretty large house to do that, but here it is OK. Three guys showed up, another one had got the flu.

I learned a few things: 1. My RK banjo is LOUD. There was no trouble cutting through the sound of a Martin HD28 and dobro. This however calls for caution. The best dynamic sound was when picking very quiet backup and then digging in on the solos. Anyway, this banjo rules!

2. My picking was much better than I thought. I was afraid that I wasn't good enough with my half year of bluegrass picking (not completely true, I played banjo back in the 1970s). But I was able to follow songs in almost any key and I even improvised a solo on 'Nine Pound Hammer' and a few other songs.

3. We all needed to practice more how to start and end the songs.

4. Everybody makes mistakes - but it doesn't matter much if you keep in tune and in tempo.

5. When playing with others, it is very important that each musician are aware of their instrument's role. And when someone plays solo, all the other musicians' task is to make that solo sound good.

But my main message to everyone is this: Don't just stay at home (well I was actually at home) but reach out and find other musicians. They can even be found here in Norway. 11 comments

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Playing Since: 1968
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Age: 70

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Framus 1960s open back, Recording King RK-R80 #60, Ome deLuxe Jubilee Silverspun 1995, Levin model 174 guitar from 1974, Blueridge BR-160A guitar, Michael Kelly FSE mandolin

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I learned everything in "How to Play the 5-string Banjo" by Pete Seeger in the late 60-s. The banjo has been collecting dust for a lot of years, but I started playing again in 2007. I am board member of the Norwegian Bluegrass Music Association, NoBMA.

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