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Fiddle Hell Jam Hour Online - Play along or listen in (April 1, 7, 15, ...)

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Mar 31, 2020 - 3:19:17 PM
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1057 posts since 6/26/2007

Hello Musical Friends!

A few updates... My family and I have initiated FIDDLE HELL JAM HOUR, every Wednesday at 5PM EDT, live streaming on the Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Facebook group. That's 4PM CDT, 3PM MDT, and 2PM PDT. This is for both jammers and listeners!

My wife Cindy Eid and I are taking time every day to play traditional tunes together. We're remembering old ones and learning some new ones. Playing music takes us to a good place :-). As well, our son Andy Eid Reiner and his wife Joy Adams are doing a lot of creative playing, and our son Eric Eid-Reiner and his fiancée Autumn Rose Lester are never far from their instruments.

Why not play along with us? Or listen in? When it's time, just open up the Facebook Live stream in the Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Facebook group, take out your instruments (and voices), and join in. We'll likely post a playlist in advance, including keys, and may be able to take requests on the stream. We won't hear you, but we'll know you're there, and you'll be able to play along or just listen in real time. The first jam happened Wednesday, 5PM EDT, March 25, led by Andy and Joy (see below). You can replay this at https://www.facebook.com/andy.reiner.3/videos/10101484437432489/

Coming up next is a jam on Wednesday, 5PM EDT, April 1, led by Eric and Autumn Rose, with a focus on New England and Irish tunes.

Then TUESDAY, 5PM EDT, April 7 (since April 8 is Passover), led by me and Cindy, with a focus on easier oldtime tunes and a couple of Irish ones. Then Wednesday, April 15, and so on. Some tunes we play are from the Fiddle Hell common tune list, which you can see at www.fiddlehell.org/plan/tunes
Some of the jam hours may be open on levels and styles, and some may focus on a particular level or style, such as oldtime, New England, Irish, Scottish, bluegrass, or songs. We'll work out details as we go, and may expand to more days and more jam leaders over time. Your suggestions are welcome!

Speaking more broadly, these are truly difficult times for all of us, especially for musicians who thrive on community - and whose live performances have all been cancelled or rescheduled. I hope you are doing ok, staying healthy, and coping with the wrenching changes to everyday life.

It's not a bad time to concentrate on tunes, and also to support your favorite performers in their online and virtual performances until life tilts back in the direction of normal. For example, you can subscribe to Andy's YouTube channel www.youtube.com/user/fiddlingskier ; become a Patreon patron of his at www.patreon.com/andyreiner ; hear his ground breaking podcasts on the River of Suck (more at www.riverofsuck.com ); and contribute directly to him at www.paypal.me/andyreiner . Thanks!

My family and I wish you all the best in the broad, diverse, and wonderful Fiddle Hangout community and beyond! If you like, share this post to your musical friends.

And please let us know how you're doing.

Love to all my friends,
Dave

P.S. The Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Festival is a yearly gathering of fiddlers, cellists, mandolin/guitar/banjo players, and singers to meet, jam, learn, listen, and have fun. Now in its 16th year, it's both friendly and diverse, crossing all ages and levels, and covering traditional styles such as New England, Southern oldtime, Irish, bluegrass, Scottish/CB, swing, jazz, French Canadian, Cajun, Klezmer, and Scandinavian. In 2019, we had 500+ workshops and jams, and 13 concerts during 4 days in November. For more info, including repertoire CDs, please visit: www.fiddlehell.org or www.facebook.com/groups/fiddlehellmassachusetts .

Mar 31, 2020 - 4:18:40 PM

1642 posts since 8/27/2008

That sounds great, Dave. I plan to watch and play along when I can. I just watched Andy playing The Silver Spear. He's really good and that sounds like a tune worth trying to learn sometime.

Mar 31, 2020 - 8:34:07 PM

2457 posts since 9/13/2009

Sounds great.  Glad to see folks moving forward with new ways.

I might suggest you look into something that allows for a little live interaction...  I know some of those live streams have a chat (text) to ask questions, make requests and such...  Rick Beato does this with his.

edit: maybe Facebook Live session can do that?

As well might look at Zoom, maybe webinar... which has ability to have lots of folks linked in with audio and video at the same time (you can control their feed back to you). Frome Zoom site [Host online events with up to 100 interactive video participants. Plans range from 100 to 10,000 view-only attendees.] It would not work for synchronized playing (jamming), but latency would work fine for dialogue... small workshops or small concert type events, similar to house concert; probably limited participants. (I believe you can still live stream that to youtube).

As I talked to you about jamkazam... that also has a way to stream those sessions to youtube. As well has some aspect built in to do with  "fan" rather than musician... I think fans can, hear/watch sessions without actually joining them?

Edited by - alaskafiddler on 03/31/2020 20:42:15

Apr 2, 2020 - 5:49:37 PM
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1057 posts since 6/26/2007

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Originally posted by alaskafiddler

Sounds great.  Glad to see folks moving forward with new ways.

I might suggest you look into something that allows for a little live interaction...  I know some of those live streams have a chat (text) to ask questions, make requests and such...  Rick Beato does this with his.

edit: maybe Facebook Live session can do that?

As well might look at Zoom, maybe webinar... which has ability to have lots of folks linked in with audio and video at the same time (you can control their feed back to you). Frome Zoom site [Host online events with up to 100 interactive video participants. Plans range from 100 to 10,000 view-only attendees.] It would not work for synchronized playing (jamming), but latency would work fine for dialogue... small workshops or small concert type events, similar to house concert; probably limited participants. (I believe you can still live stream that to youtube).

As I talked to you about jamkazam... that also has a way to stream those sessions to youtube. As well has some aspect built in to do with  "fan" rather than musician... I think fans can, hear/watch sessions without actually joining them?

 

 

 


Hi alaskafiddler,

We're staying with Facebook Live since we have 1600 members of the Fiddle Hell Massachusetts Facebook group, and this lets them see (and replay) jams in that group. There were 200+ attendees at yesterday's jam :-).  Comments are allowed, and there were more than 500 of them.

I'll try JamKazam once my Ethernet adapter arrives. Might be able to stream from that to the Facebook Live stream; we'll see.

Best,

Dave

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