Who is jamming with people these days, what with the virus? What safety precautions are you taking? How is it going...are you playing six-feet apart, etc.? Tips?
Also, has anyone caught the virus jamming? Hope not.
(Related to this, I know Dr. Banjo advertised a Safe Jam contest.)
I have not had one since March (other than trading licks with one friend, briefly, one time; no one else was around)...
I have played a few times with Tracy Schwarz and others. We are all masked and play on his front porch so there is good air circulation. His wife Ginny set up the chairs using a 6 foot pole.
We have been jamming, usually in smaller groups, outdoors with good air circulation, 6+ feet apart, and generally not masked. We forgo the usual handshakes and hugs for fistbumps and Delbows. We ask folks to bring their own food and snacks.
Three times under a large shelter at the county park. Nothing within 300 yards of the shelter. Spread out to a safe distance.
We’ve been jamming in local parks once a week since April. Usually about 8 of us there,, six ft. or more apart in a wide circle. The singer sings across the circle so it’s a good 15 to 20 feet across to the person on the other side. No one has caught the virus,,we even get some spectators now & then. Here are some pics from the first one in April. Notice the 6’ hockey stick...
We jam socially distanced in our yard. We have a very large yard and no more than eight people at a time. The downside is that it is harder to hear the other fiddle if you are playing banjo or some subtleties are lost due the distancing. But it sure is better than not getting to jam.
We been jamming in a park by the river, weekly weather permitting. Some wear masks others don't.
Edited by - rvrose on 08/11/2020 13:46:38
Our bluegrass band have been jamming since April in my yard keeping distance from each other. It's gone really well. Last week we moved to a large back porch because the acoustics in my yard made it difficult to hear each other. Nobody has gotten Covid. In two days we will be playing on a stage in an open park. Strict distance and mask rules will be enforced in the audience. We'll be separated on the stage but no masks.
As far as I know there is absolutely nothing going on here in Spartanburg, SC. I have reached out to a few folks I know who are jammers and get consistent replies "I'm out of town will be back next week" only to never hear from them again. I wish people would be real about this. Sad.
For being in an area that so many awesome pickers have come from, I have to say, Spartanburg is the most musically snobbish and cloistered place I've ever experienced in my life. However, I did respond to a local craigslist ad a few months ago and have been jamming a couple times a month with a guitar a djembe which is interesting. I like the added rhythm. Very different. Maybe something will come of that but it's something.
A few weeks ago I reached out to a friend, Tim, who picks banjo in Ralph Stanley's band over the last few years (I guess Ralph no longer is able to play) and Tim told me about a weekly session up in Shelby, NC. So I went up there two weeks ago and met Tim, along with 1/2 dozen other old-timers, was unable to go last Saturday, but will be there this Saturday. It's a decent little jam, lots of diversity from country to pop to bluegrass to blues. Nice.
So, it only take me an hour drive to get to a pretty decent session. No unusual precautions, everyone is keeping a modest distance but it's indoors because it's just way too hot to be outside. I'm not too worried about the virus, we can only do what we can do and everyone seems comfortable. The musical fellowship is worth the drive. And, no one has caught Covid, I asked.
I've explored the possibility of going as far as Knoxville to jam because I've been invited to a few sessions up there in the last few months that I know would be totally incredible, but I can't justify making the trip just yet. If the musical well here continues to run dry like it has, I might just do that. For now, though, the Shelby sessions are enough to keep my crank turned ... and I'm glad I reached out to someone who is real and sincere about something so simple.
/end jam rant LOL
Edited by - banjoy on 08/11/2020 16:12:27
Jammed with my wife & teacher on her front porch. I know we were at least 10' away from each other if not more.
I have had some regular sessions no distancing and no masks they are very silly. ive not heard of any body catching a virus and everybody i ask do not know of anybody catching anything either.
the photos look like your having great fun, out of 11 oldish codgers only three have masks.
with the bass fiddle i wonder how far a virus would travel from one of those thick strings...haha
Meet with 3 - 4 guys every couple weeks, sit on our decks, back patios, or in someone's family room, sunroom, etc....sit 4 - 5 feet apart, no masks, pick and sing just like we have for the past 20 years.
Swap instruments back and forth, like we always have.
Not gonna live my life in fear of a virus that is so horrible, you have to get tested to see if you even have it
Been jamming with the band as usual, for the most part. Outside because it's summer, probably go back inside once it gets cold.
The local bluegrass and old time jams seems to be dead, and with how people are around here I doubt they will ever come back. The man on the television says we can't play music or socialize with friends anymore, and as we all know you must obey the man on television.
I am eager to jam with some folks, but I am high risk and there are so many people out there in denial, I'm going to wait for a vaccine.
"No unusual precautions, everyone is keeping a modest distance but it's indoors because it's just way too hot to be outside. I'm not too worried about the virus, we can only do what we can do and everyone seems comfortable. The musical fellowship is worth the drive. And, no one has caught Covid, I asked."
You are dead wrong Frank, with due respect. This virus is not personal or political it is what it is, a "Killer". Distancing is good but not enough. You need to wear protection even if it is inconvenient for you. Here in NJ, I've been to two out door picking jams where people stood 3 feet or maybe 5 feet apart and swear there is nothing much to worry about. Two have died and they were dear friends of mine. This is where I make it "personal"...Be careful my friend as this may cut our desires by a year or two and we should be patient enough to bear it.... Jack
Edited by - Jack Baker on 08/12/2020 10:46:34
Originally posted by Jack BakerFrank,You said:"No unusual precautions, everyone is keeping a modest distance but it's indoors because it's just way too hot to be outside. I'm not too worried about the virus, we can only do what we can do and everyone seems comfortable. The musical fellowship is worth the drive. And, no one has caught Covid, I asked."You are dead wrong Frank, with due respect. This virus is not personal or political it is what it is, a "Killer". Distancing is good but not enough. You need to wear protection even if it is inconvenient for you. Here in NJ, I've been to two out door picking jams where people stood 3 feet or maybe 5 feet apart and swear there is nothing much to worry about. Two have died and they were dear friends of mine. This is where I make it "personal"...Be careful my friend as this may cut our desires by a year or two and we should be patient enough to bear it.... Jack
Calm down Jack, You assume a lot in your post. I said no unusual precautions. Where on earth did you get from that I'm not wearing a mask? That's a usual precaution. Calm down. And, I'm sorry for your loss, but you're inserting a lot into what I posted. And who in hell said anything about this being political, except you?
Edited by - banjoy on 08/12/2020 10:51:54
The variety of responses is thought provoking. Nice pictures, looks like fun. What Jack said is what I'm worried about happening to some friends of mine (such as older pickers).
Edited by - Banjfoot on 08/12/2020 10:58:50
I got your angry emails to me regarding the Virus. I looks like I have totally mis read what you posted and for that please accept my sincerest apology. I am glad you are like minded with regards to the Virus. I didn't not intend to make you go ballistic, just a well meant post which I totally failed at...stay safe and be well my friend...Jack p,s, I did say "with due respect". I get it that you are no one to fool with in the least respect even if it was a "mistake"....Please feel free to have the Mods boot me for such a terrible mistake...but please, no more angry emails Frank...it's a little over the top...
Originally posted by banjoy
Edited by - Jack Baker on 08/12/2020 12:02:10
young people and old people have always died. what did your friends die of jack?
Its a good job there is no big war....Come on boys over the top lets get jerry, sorry sarg its a bit cold and im a bit tired.
The best way to get rid of the virus is to get rid of your tv and stop reading newspapers not a mask or vaccine
Your post offends me greatly. You sound ignorant and worse, stupid. How dare you insult how my friends died or at what age or whatever the hell you're blathering about.
They were both in their 30s and 40s. They died because they got the virus by not heeding the correct way to jam with others or get together--even they knew what they did wrong when they got the first indications of their illness. Your kind of ignorant self righteous post makes me want to leave BHO because it is filled with so many people like you.
Frank at least was polite and took me seriously even if I did mis read his post....He knows that no one asked for this scourge. This virus is real whether you in your blind stupidity don't think it's a big deal...yeah, you managed to piss me off and probably get me booted. At this point, I really don't care to be here anyway....
Edited by - Jack Baker on 08/12/2020 13:44:11
And as I replied back to you, I apologize for the tone of both my email and my post. You deserve better and I'm sorry. These are stressful times, indeed. I intend no harm.
You have always been a cherished friend to me...all is well....Jack
Edited by - Jack Baker on 08/12/2020 13:50:56
no way you should not get booted.
its not blind stupidity, some people believe some things and others believe other things thats life. , i only asked because i go by evidence not what the man on tv tells me to believe. chill
Okay, Jack and Conic, that's enough. We're all under stress right now with this virus and tempers tend to flare easily. Each person has a right to his or her opinion, but not a right to tell others they were wrong and flame them for their thinking. Both of you stop that immediately and act the gentlemen that I know you really are.
Can't imagine jamming right now. Going to the grocery store, gas station, doctors office, dentist.....all necessities. Getting together with a group of people to jam, certainly not a necessity. Precautions are just that....precautions. Not guarantees. Because someone is selfish enough to put the "want to" ahead of halting the spread of an out of control virus is idiotic at best. A person jams on Saturday, becomes infected, and then passes it along on Thursday to an innocent person they just happen to have contact with....for what? Because they wanted to play a bad version of Old Joe Clark with friends?
People amaze me at times.
Alberta has allowed small gatherings with social distancing for months already. There’s a greater chance of getting the virus inside WalMart than an outdoor jam with 6’ or more between participants.
(maybe conic and Tim can get together and tell the rest of us what to do ;-)
Edited by - chuckv97 on 08/12/2020 15:15:10
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