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Old Time Music Jam

BFP 03 May 98 - 12:15 PM
judy 04 May 98 - 01:01 AM
Bo 04 May 98 - 01:13 AM
steve t 04 May 98 - 02:17 AM
Frank in the swamps 04 May 98 - 03:08 AM
Frank in the swamps 04 May 98 - 03:24 AM
Frank in the swamps 04 May 98 - 03:28 AM
Brad Sondahl 04 May 98 - 09:40 AM
steve t 04 May 98 - 04:01 PM
BFP 04 May 98 - 08:31 PM
Bruce O. 04 May 98 - 09:31 PM
steve t 06 May 98 - 11:24 PM
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Subject: Old Time Music Jam
From: BFP
Date: 03 May 98 - 12:15 PM

What 5 tunes would one most likely encounter when attending a jam of old time music?


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Jam
From: judy
Date: 04 May 98 - 01:01 AM

It really depends on the group. What is common with one group another rarely plays. You will have to ask a member of the jam you'd like to sit in with. At least that's the way it is around here.

enjoy!
judy


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Jam
From: Bo
Date: 04 May 98 - 01:13 AM

Sometimes equally important is (in any local group) who will you hear play any five songs. If you are trying to enjoy performing with a group, finding out who does what and lending a hand is a great way to meet people. Loving music will do a lot to prepare you for a circle but seeking to understand\appreciate the people in a music circle is the best way to become aquainted.

Bo


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Jam
From: steve t
Date: 04 May 98 - 02:17 AM

Well, assuming you get five chances to choose a song, you're most likely to encounter your own five favourite old time tunes. (And guess what? Other people probably know most of them too, so you won't feel like you're soloing when you do them.)

I'd say, don't worry too much about the first time. Don't worry about impressing anyone. Nobody will care too much if you mess up your own songs. After eight years and well over 500 song circles and music circles, I never take the time to form strong opinions about anyone who hasn't shown up at least three times. Watch others to try to figure out how enthusiatically to join in -- usually the only rules are, don't be louder than the people who are leading songs and don't lose the rhythm -- support but don't interfere.

If I had to prepare five "well known" "old time" songs to sing with a group, I'd choose: hmmm...

Wild Mountain Thyme
Red River Valley
Home on the Range
Waltzing Matilda (well, it's got an "old" sound)
Oh, Susanna

Everyone knows Amazing Grace, but don't try it unless you can already do it. But I'd be darn surprised to have even three of these songs sung at any one gathering.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Jam
From: Frank in the swamps
Date: 04 May 98 - 03:08 AM

If you showed up with five old time songs nobody'd ever heard before, you'd be Elvis for a night, so don't worry about it. Be polite, have fun.

Frank i.t.s.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Jam
From: Frank in the swamps
Date: 04 May 98 - 03:24 AM

If you showed up with five old time songs nobody'd ever heard before, you'd be Elvis for a night, so don't worry about it. Be polite, have fun.

Frank i.t.s.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Jam
From: Frank in the swamps
Date: 04 May 98 - 03:28 AM

Boy, that double post is a new one on me. I know if you hit the reload button after posting, you get the "stutter", but I went away for a while and came back. Thought somebody else had added a comment.

Frank in the ?????????


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Jam
From: Brad Sondahl
Date: 04 May 98 - 09:40 AM

Golden Slippers St. Annes Reel Will the Circle be unbroken Good Night Irene Tennessee Waltz


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Jam
From: steve t
Date: 04 May 98 - 04:01 PM

Golden slippers? ...I just listened to the midi and ARGHH! it's the tune to a commercial here in Canada. Sigh.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Jam
From: BFP
Date: 04 May 98 - 08:31 PM

Many thanks to all for your help.


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Jam
From: Bruce O.
Date: 04 May 98 - 09:31 PM

At the ones I've seen, the likes would be "Goin' up Cripple Creek", "Old Joe Clark" "Chicken are a crowin' n Sourwood mountain", and similar ones from the Southeastern U.S. Is this a jam with or without banjos and mandolins?


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Jam
From: steve t
Date: 06 May 98 - 11:24 PM

Is this a jam with banjos? Oooohhhh. Scary question :-)


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Subject: RE: Old Time Music Jam
From: Mandocookie
Date: 06 May 98 - 11:39 PM

Real ole timey music doesn't use a mandolin but will will use a banjo. Of course bluegrass uses both, or can use both. I just got a great CD tonight...Close to Home - Old time Music from Mike Seeger's Collection. Some of it is a little raw...but alot of it is good,


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