I secretly took this video perched on the second floor of the Blacksmith Shop on a pretty typical evening at the Folk School. Who are these folks? A new hot old time band? A group of old friends playing from a chosen repertoire? Nope. They are a group of students, instructors, and Folk School folks who heard the word at dinner that a music jam was happening that night in the Blacksmith Shop. I am sure that this particular group had never all played together previously and have never practiced this tune as a group.
Observe, below, jammers in their natural habitat:
You might ask: How can this be? How can the tune sound so good? This is the magic of a jam! Musicians of all levels can come together to play music and create magic. You can find string/acoustic jams all over the place, not just at the Folk School. From small towns to large urban cities, there are thriving jam communities all over the map. There is most likely one in your area too.
Jams are a fun and unique way to connect and communicate with other musicians. It may seem intimidating to jump in and join the group, especially if you don’t know the tune. The Folk School is offering a great line-up of classes to get you playing well with others. Gain confidence to join in jams, learn about keys, tunings and chord changes, and understand etiquette. Take a class focused on playing with other musicians, and soon you’ll be jamming with confidence!