Join the band! An essential skill of bluegrass music is the ability to take part in informal playing situations; also known as a “jam session”. Participants arrange themselves in a circle, choose a song from a common repertoire, sing, accompany each other, and play solos. Often, they do this despite no previous rehearsal, even with complete strangers! The unplugged, grassroots nature of this music lends itself to low key playing situations that are fun and satisfying. Veteran teacher Randy Gildersleeve and some fellow musicians will play songs in the jam session format, and talk about what you need to know to become a jammer, including “jam etiquette”. The demonstration will be followed by an invitation to join in on a few tunes. Instruments that are ideal for this include, but are not limited to: acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, bass, ukulele, harmonica, and singing. There will also be an opportunity to take part in a monthly Marine Mills Folk School jam launching soon.
This is a FREE event – please spread the word and invite other musician friends!
Students to bring: an instrument (optional), a willingness to try something new!
Our Location: Marine Elementary School, 550 Pine St., Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047
General Age Policy:
All classes are for adults (18+) unless otherwise noted.
Be aware we may cancel 5 days before class date if a minimum number of registrations not reached. We work to balance teachers' need to plan for a class with students' busy schedules -- not an easy task. Please register as early as possible!