Saturday, September 25, 2010

Woodshedding progress

Since I perked up musically, and restarted my moribund musical journey I have also been a bit daunted by the enormity of the task at hand. I have to start learning my scales. I have to start learning by ear. I have to start digging into music theory in a more serious way. Hey! That's real work!

I have some aids and instruction books to help me and they seem to be very good ones at that.

I am also practicing more often but perhaps not as long due to my arm injury. This has caused me to recall everything I have ever read on the forums I have been a part of and from all the magazine articles I have read all these years. I recalled that keeping your arms and hands relaxed is most helpful. I have found this to be true.

Not playing too long helps. Never push through pain. That is garbage advice unless your a drill Sargent who is trying to prepare young soldiers to charge into the jaws of death!

The light is coming on about keys and capos and scales so progress is being made.

Now if I could only just sing passable. I am finding it hard to sing and play at the same time. Sigh....

I am sticking with the guitar exclusively. I just think I have waited too late to try the fiddle. I need more competency on the instrument I do play before thinking of adding another. If I ever add one, and I might. It would be the Banjo. I love clawhammer banjo and might give it a go.

This is what I see as the "strength" of this blog. At least from my point of view. I am a learner. Not so much a beginner but a learner. Much like many of you. I am trying to learn how to play this guitar I have upstairs. I love old timey music. I love to hear it and I like playing it. I am not an old hand like some are.

You know what? I am gonna end this post and go play right now.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Alita Stoneking

She is Fred Stoneking's daughter.! She does a great job in this contest. I think I have posted this clip before. Sorry for the repeat but I was thinking of her and look forward to the day I get to see her play live.
She is carrying on the tradition and doing it up right.

Take note that this is Missouri fiddling. Different than Appalachian. I am not expert enough to explain the differences but I can tell that it's different. Charlie Walden could explain it better so go visit his site for that. (See my links)

I do know that she is getting out there and is playing. I just don't know where. I will have to work on that.

And she is versatile. Plays guitar here

That's Tom Weisgerber on the fiddle and that lad can fiddle.

Computers been down

Just to let you know. My Computer has been down. Miraculously, it began working fine today. I nearly spent $100 on diagnosis but the counter guy suggested a self repair which upon booting up, noticed all was well. At least so far!

I hope to resume posting again tonight or tomorrow.

I will say that I am feeling more positive about ending the Jam. I really need to woodshed up and focus on learning music theory and such. I have said this before but I have become less depressed about the failure of the jam to thrive over the long term.

This means, more new jams to visit and discover. See you later.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Colin Blair

I have not had a post specifically about Colin Blair but I have posted a clip or two of him playing. I saw him play with Banjo Billy Matthews at the old Mountain Music
Shoppe in Shawnee back in 07. They often play together.

I won't go into him too much right now as I must get out the door. I have not posted for a week now so I wanted to do something before I let this go too long.

Colin Blair is based in St Louis. Lucky them! Because St Louis is about three hours away I have not put much of a spotlight on them over there but I plan to change that some in the future.

Here is Colin Blair playing the fiddle. I love the piece.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Shawnee Jam comes to an end

After consulting with Martin, I concluded that it was time to bring the jam to an end. I am glad I tried it and we did have some really good sessions but in the end, I am just not as good a player as I need to be to run a jam. Attendance just kept petering out and clearly it was just not what it needed to be.

I will miss it and I am very glad to have met some many folks who I would not have met otherwise. I know we will bump into each other at other jams and events.

Yeah, it's sad for me. As I have said recently,my interest is renewed towards learning and playing and it is probably time to woodshed for a while.

Maybe I will try it again next year? Who knows? Or a different group will start a new jam? I will be off to Jackson Co. to check out some Bluegrass jams over there and maybe even to Lawrence.

If you came to the jam, thanks for coming. See you around? OK?

Oh, not to forget, Martin has started a jam in Kearney Mo. and I will certainly be visiting that. I don't know if he has it on folkjam but will post info about it here later.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Saturday Jam Status

Seeing that I have a class to sit in all day Saturday I am calling off the Jam for Saturday evening. My arm is not doing well either. Sorry about that. I am trying to decide if I even need to keep trying to keep the jam going to tell the truth. It is doing me a lot of good but attendance is way down. Summer? Maybe. I will try to do the next one in October.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Welcome new followers

I see a few more followers have been added recently and I welcome them. It's nice to see people interested in this blog.

The strength of this blog in my opinion is the collection of info in one place that can save you a lot of trouble in trying to find it for yourself.

I feel pretty good about what I been able to do with this blog and hope to improve the quality of the material over time.


If your going to Winfield this year check their website because they have changed the land rush day to Saturday. There are heavy rains there and flooding is a worry. Yes, again! I won't be going this year but hope to next year. I am ready for another Winfield fix. If you have not gone yet, GO! Trust me. You really cannot pass up Winfield for a quality music experience along with that incomparable Winfield "community feeling". Take your instruments but finding a jam cold is not as easy as has been suggested. If you have a bold personality you can but if your timid you will have some trouble. Unless it's after hours in the Pecan Grove and you join a roving jam.