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Not for the faint of heart... C jams

Posted by TuneWeaver on Thursday, November 5, 2015

I'm hosting my third C Jam..that is, ONLY C tunes played all evening.   A Hangout friend, Marty Mundy and I will be the only fiddlers.. Two others 'can't make it', and one just said..NO..   One guitar player said that he HATES the key of C.. (He is a professional guitar teacher).... So, it is  just going to be us neophytes... We see that we have a tenuous list of about 50 C tunes.. I've been working on them all week to get them all up to snuff ...since we don't play them often.. So far I have only managed to become sick of C tunes... The jam isn't until two days from now, and I'm already ready for G tunes.. Anyway, the only way to get comfortable with C tunes is to ACTUALLY PLAY THEM.. No mystery there..  I'll report back after the jam.. 

Yes, I'll be supplying liquid refreshments of three types, Beef Stew, and snacks.. (It is important when hosting a C jam to make it as attractive as possible)...

12 comments on “Not for the faint of heart... C jams”

Swing Says:
Thursday, November 5, 2015 @2:14:03 PM

So what is so bad about the key of C.... I know many tunes in C and could maybe do eight or so waltzes in C alone...geez, it is just another key.....

Play Happy


ChickenMan Says:
Thursday, November 5, 2015 @2:27:15 PM

As a guitar player, I can't see why your buddy doesn't like C! It's about the easiest key (easier than no capo A), all those great bass run notes laying next to each other... Maybe his guitar needs some set up work to make F chords easier on the fingers☺. As a fiddler, I could hang with about six tunes and then I'd be out and eating up your snacks and partaking in beverages of the adult variety if available.

TuneWeaver Says:
Thursday, November 5, 2015 @2:31:22 PM

I hate to admit it but my peer group includes OLD people...Their fingers and arms, like mine.. just don't do what we'd like them to be able to do.... Age is a terrible thing..

bsed55 Says:
Thursday, November 5, 2015 @6:30:16 PM

I'm not even a guitar player, and I LIKE playing in C. (Oh, and I know a few fiddle tunes in that key too.)

TuneWeaver Says:
Thursday, November 5, 2015 @6:47:15 PM

Bruce, I'll look for you on Friday night.. !!

EricBluegrassFiddle Says:
Friday, November 6, 2015 @3:33:33 AM

I love playing in C "My stinker version of "Billy In The Lowground" is in C. In 2nd position its just the key of B moved up a whole step, and fun pnky work, can I come over!?

carlb Says:
Friday, November 6, 2015 @5:15:42 AM

The key of C is the official key of the Thornbury Ramblers.

Cyndy Says:
Saturday, November 7, 2015 @8:27:54 AM

I've been hanging in C for a while now -- working on the few C tunes that I know -- and I really like playing there. I kind of fancy that high E drone.

TuneWeaver Says:
Saturday, November 7, 2015 @1:51:54 PM

We had the C jam last night.. Nine people attended and it was a blast.. We played for three hours and only played about one half of the tunes on our C list.. Plus, there were the tunes we hadn't heard before and the tunes "we'll have for the next time, for sure "...We are going to do this more often.

lrhamp Says:
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 @10:36:01 AM


TuneWeaver Says:
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 @11:02:13 AM

Yes, Luther.. We go up Slippery-hill often.. Wish we had had that when I was just learning..

EricBluegrassFiddle Says:
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 @3:47:14 AM

You know I had to "wing it" at a Bluegrass jam ( my first REAL BG jam ) last Friday. I had to play "East Tenn Blues" and "Back Up N Push" both in C. I had practiced a bit on both some months back but TOTALLY blew it as in suck level red alert for bad fiddle playing LOL> Needless to say I've been practicing both of these and plan on returning to the jam at some point and hopefully blowing some socks off....instead of sounding horrible....well hopefully LOL> Why is it that I play confidently at home only to whither at the parking lot in the faces of my musical peers? Life just isn't fair like that LOL!!

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