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Schaick
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I have just discovered another place to jam!!  Have you ever considered your local DULCIMER SOCIETY?!?  There are 2 in my area!  

A long time friend started playing the dulcimer 4 years ago.  She is a member of one that meets every Thursday and has been a member of the other that meets once a month.  The weekly one is mainly dulcimers but over the years they have added a guitar, autoharp and ukulele.  I have been invited to jam with them!!  Hope I am still welcome after they have heard me play!!

Here is the one that meets monthly. http://www.indianafolkmusic.org/

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

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FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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OK, so I went to the December meeting and discovered that there are a few members that also attend Arthur's Jam.  What a nice group of people.  I joined and next month I will sign up to perform, yes perform.  I am going to try and commit every month! One song every month during the performance hour.

There are suggestions for what to play during the performance hour.  January is my choice.  I am thinking I'll play Ashokan Farewell.

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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I participated in my first Dulcimer jam on Thursday!!  There was one guitar player - male, all the rest women.  Eight lap dulcimers, one autoharp and me.  It was really fun!!  There were stacks of music to collect, eighteen tunes and almost each song had a melody, 2nd melody, harmony and back-up.  Using the sheet music we played through the melodies and harmonies.  Since we were all reading the music for they first time we had some good laughs.

This group would have been a nice step up to the bluegrass jam I attend!!  They play slow so I had to really work on bow conservation, slow speed but good strong sound. To top it off I was so nervous, they had not had a fiddle player play with them before.

Some knew about Arthur's and the lightening speed they play at.  I explained how we take turns leading and that I usually pick waltzes when the turn to lead come to me!! 

We have a week to "learn" the music.  That was another thing that was pointed out. In the past [bluegrass jam] when I say learned it was to have the music memorized.  When they say learned it means to be able to play the tunes with the sheet music.

Oh and when my daughter goes back to work I will be ale to take my granddaughter with me!!

I have another week until Arthur's jam starts up again.  I am becoming a social jammerfly >i< !!  Oh and then Sunday is the Central Indiana Folk Music Society meeting!!!

Aahhhhhh life is good!!

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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Sounds like lots of fun!

My teacher has told me about local jam sessions, she's been trying to get me to go, even if I don't decide to play along. But I just don't feel ready yet. I don't think I can play fast enough to join in, and that is what my fingers would be itching to do, lol, even though it would be fun to watch and listen to.

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schaick sounds so fun.

 

I love Dulcimer... part of me says I will get one some day and play.

 

I had being a shy bug about social music jams...but I guess.. it is what it is.

Congrats!!  Glad to hear about your jam events.

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I play hammer dulcimer (better than violin) and I used to play jam sessions and have a ball.  Michigan has a fabulous dulcimer fest in Evart Michigan.  You may be able to google ODPC. Original dulcimer players club.  I think it's it's in June.  Bring a tent and collect some tunes.  I haven't been in years but I may go this year and learn more about this fiddle thing. Mickey

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So happy for you, @Schaick ! It's so cool to play with others and it sounds like you're finding some very cool opportunities.

@damfino : I'd encourage you and anyone else to just dive right in and start going to jams, even if you don't feel quite ready. The only way to get comfortable playing with others is to actually do it. If you just stay at home playing by yourself, you will never be ready.

I've been going to bluegrass jams for over a year now (playing fiddle, mandolin and guitar), and I've found everyone to be very friendly and supportive. I started by going to a monthly slow jam and have branched out into other not-slow jams. I know that this has helped me advance in ways that I never would have playing by myself.

@mickmeloche : I love the hammered dulcimer; it's a very cool instrument.

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How do you find all these jam places? All I've done is look online just out of curiousity, there don't seem to be any around this area. But I think I might be way to shy to play together with others anyway. 

It's easy to play any musical instrument: all you have to do is touch the right key at the right time and the instrument will play itself. Johann S.Bach

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AnnyJ said
How do you find all these jam places? All I've done is look online just out of curiousity, there don't seem to be any around this area. But I think I might be way to shy to play together with others anyway. 

The bluegrass jam was a research on the computer.  The dulcimer jam just by chance!

I attended the once a month Central Indiana Folk Music and Mountain Dulcimer Society yesterday.  There was no slow jam but I was persistent and kept asking different people about it.  Then I asked a young man who I had heard from the previous meeting was an excellent musician.  The 2 of us jammed for a couple of songs and then a person playing dulcimer joined us!!!

I ended up not performing, I was too busy jamming to sign the sheet.  After the performance hour there was a big band practice.  Everyone plays together using sheet music.  Then there is a sharing hour where people play what ever they want - sort of like a mini performance hour.

Is this where you have looked?

http://www.sebabluegrass.org/e.....etings.php

http://www.middlegeorgiabluegr.....g/jams.htm

You might be able to find a jam at one of these festivals - http://bluegrassfestivalguide.com/ga.htm

I attended one of these last May - http://www.drbanjo.com/classes.....rietta.php I have jammed with a few of these same students on our own.  I decided to hold a reunion and we meet at my house.

I hear you - "way to shy to play together with others anyway"  Change your mindset!!!   I decided that since I was learning a new instrument and a difficult one at that I had an excuse!!  As it turns out people who have been playing their instruments for years make mistakes.  The only people that should be expected to play perfectly..... those who preform professionally.  They can devote hours each day to perfecting their craft!!

@mickmeloche OH!!!  The hammered dulcimer a wonderful instrument.  I am trying to talk my daughter into playing one.

Yep @KindaScratchy is right.  Playing with others helps you advance!!

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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