1ST SUNDAY MONTHLY JAM

NEXT JAM: Sunday, October 3, 2021

• 1:00 – 2:00 Slow Jam
• 2:00 – 5:00 Continue with uptempo jamming!


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COVID-19 Status
Due to COVID-19 restrictions we cannot meet in person at the regularly scheduled Monthly Jam & Open Mic at Hoover School.

In Person Jamming at the Rose Garden in San Jose!
All county regulations will be required regarding masks and social distancing.

Hope to you there!

Slow Jam

Just starting out with traditional music, or haven’t played in a while?    The Slow Jam is a good place to begin.   When you are comfortable with these few basics; tuning your instrument,  playing basic chords or simple melodies slowly, you are ready to join the slow jam.

Leaders of the Slow Jam keep the tempo at 60 to 90 bpm (beats per minute). 
A mix of old-time and bluegrass styles are played.   Old-time style is when everyone plays together.  Bluegrass style allows each musician a turn playing a “break” (solo). One or more may sing while the others play chordal or rhythmic backup.

Besides offering a place to play more slowly, we help players become more comfortable
• playing by ear (music notation is commonly used),
• jamming with others,
• building confidence and repertoire.

Tunes played for the Slow Jam can be found on our Tunes Page.     Practice at home with the slow jam sheet music or compile in a binder to bring to the jam.

 Up-Tempo Jam

Bring your favorite old time or bluegrass instrumentals and songs!

Geared for advanced beginners to advanced players, you can expect to hear tunes played at a faster pace.

A mix of old-time and bluegrass styles are played.   Old-time style is when everyone plays together.  Bluegrass style allows each musician a turn playing a “break” (solo). One or more may sing while the others play chordal or rhythmic backup.

(Everyone is invited to the Slow Jam — also a good place for advanced players to warm-up and to help the new players — just remember to slow down!)

 

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Location: Rose Garden Park, San Jose (at Naglee and Garden Drive in San Jose)

A Bluegrass/Country Jam and and Old Time Fiddle Tunes circle will be organized. We invite you to enjoy a bit of both!

If you’re a beginner or if you’re just want to learn some new tunes at a slower pace, we’re also offering a Slow Jam to get you started:

Slow Jam: 1:00 – 2:00pm 

A slow jam offers the opportunity to slowly play tunes by ear.  If you are more comfortable with the ‘dots’, please do bring sheet music.   Tunes commonly played are on the SCVFA website and in this document.   Print them or bring a tablet with the tunes available offline.

   => The Slow Jam  will be broadcast on Facebook LIVE and posted on the SCVFA Facebook page after the jam

Uptempo Jam: 2:00 — 5:00pm

Remember to bring chairs. We always recommend you bring a jacket or sweater since it may get cool under the redwoods.

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Please abide by these requests:

  • Unvaccinated people should wear masks as per CDC guidelines
  • Do not Attend This Gathering If You Feel Sick. 
  • Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 7 days after attending should notify me (president [at] fiddlers.org) as soon as possible.

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