The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #61355 Message #986126
Posted By: chip a
18-Jul-03 - 03:27 PM
Thread Name: Old time and Bluegrass-- Differences
Subject: RE: Old time and Bluegrass-- Differences
I wasn't scolding you! Just clarifying for others why OT jams tend to stay in each key for a while. All day? Boring jam!
Singing the odd song in an otherwise instrumental old time jam usually means singing the song in the key where it's traditionaly played by the fiddler and/or banjo picker. (I'm not saying fair or unfair here). Chances are, your Mt Airy fiddler couldn't have played the song in D without working it out first.
If I heard you singing the old songs, I'd be one of the first to walk over. I can't sing a note but my wife can and I love to play where there's singing. I also like finger picking old parlor tunes on the banjo. Hardly a hot item at festivals! You are right that a gulf exists. As I said earlier, the music heard most and favored most in festival jams is dance music.
The more understanding pickers and singers have of each others needs the less discriminating and exclusive our jams will be.