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Posted by mudbug on Monday, September 12, 2011

I got invited to a jam this weekend,  by a drummer that I used to gig on guitar with,  who now plays guitar and blues harp.  I brought my fiddle and viola.  It was an old New England farmhouse with REALLY low ceilings,  so I grabbed a chair,  even though I've never played sitting down.  There was a drum set drummer,  an electric bassist and two electric-acoustic guitarists and me.  Songs were folk-rock,  rock and blues.  I didn't think or ask about what key the song was in.  Ditto on scales.  I just grabbed either the viola (which I've had for 3 weeks now) or fiddle,  whichever I thought would fit better and played.  Songs like "Eight Miles High" and "Soul Kitchen" and 12 bar blues.  Just pure improv., by the seat of my pants,  and I noticed that this was the first time,  playing fiddle with other musicians where I wasn't self conscious  playing fiddle.  I just played.



16 comments on “Jam”

TimK Says:
Monday, September 12, 2011 @5:12:42 AM

Sounds like a good time and a confidence builder to boot!

FiddleJammer Says:
Monday, September 12, 2011 @6:24:56 AM

Yay!!!

nancymae Says:
Monday, September 12, 2011 @8:24:38 AM

That's awesome mudbug...I will be glad when I get to the point of knowing what I'm doing at a jam! Congrats!!!

richdissmore Says:
Monday, September 12, 2011 @12:17:13 PM

thats the way to do it

Andah1andah2 Says:
Monday, September 12, 2011 @2:43:16 PM

Yeah Steve!

mudbug Says:
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 @2:26:41 AM

Thankyou, friends.

Endif Says:
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 @7:23:55 AM

Yes! drop into the groov and zone out.

stew692 Says:
Thursday, September 15, 2011 @6:38:37 AM

What fun!!! Congratulations!

mudbug Says:
Thursday, September 15, 2011 @10:36:10 AM

Thanks, Endif and Stew.

richdissmore Says:
Friday, September 16, 2011 @4:31:40 PM

no blog at this time???nothing to say

mudbug Says:
Saturday, September 17, 2011 @3:56:56 AM

Ahh, Rich, you left me with the sound of one hand clapping.

eerohero Says:
Saturday, October 1, 2011 @11:36:56 AM

12 bar blues, the best improvised stuff ever for the fiddle ! or Viola or any instrument incl. song, of the reason that it is 12 bar blues .

Tickling experience , just like learning to ride a Bicycle, then falling down on the steel frame.

Yes, I will go to my room for now......

cardinalwookie Says:
Sunday, October 2, 2011 @4:31:35 PM

jealousy abounds (one day perhaps)

mudbug Says:
Monday, October 3, 2011 @2:15:56 AM

Thanks, Eero.
Wookie, no need to be jealous, just keep at it. Early on, I made a point of jamming to CD's as part of my practice. Go through your CD's and write down songs by key ( I found D easiest at first) and just keep jammin', trying things out and mimicking what you hear, that you like, whether it's a fiddle lick or pedal steel. Get comfy in each key. I'm still working on it.

fiddlepogo Says:
Friday, October 14, 2011 @11:25:24 AM

Congrats! Yeah, I need to do more fiddling with my blues jamtrax.

mudbug Says:
Saturday, October 15, 2011 @2:37:20 AM

Thanks, Michael.

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