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Seattle Area Jams

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Old-Time Jams

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Wedgwood Alehouse Old Time Social
- Every Tuesday, in the back Billiard Room 8-11PM, 8515 35th Ave NE Seattle, WA 98115, All-Ages & Free
contact Tony Mates for more info.

Dusty Strings 2nd Sunday Old Time Jam, hosted by Sarah Comer
2nd Sunday of the Month 1:30-3:30PM
3406 Fremont Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103 866-634-1662 206-634-1662.
$5 suggested donation to Jam Leader

Slower Than Dirt Jam
3rd Saturday of the Month 2-5PM (check website to confirm)
Seattle Public Library, Lake City Branch 12501 28th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125
FREE!

Bluegrass Jams


Al's Tavern Bluegrass Jam
- Every Monday 9PM, Al's Tavern 2303 N. 45th St Seattle (Wallingford), 21+, free

Dusty Strings 4th Saturday Bluegrass Jam, hosted by Rob Bulkley
4th Saturday of the Month 3:30-5:30PM
3406 Fremont Avenue North Seattle, WA 98103 866-634-1662 206-634-1662.
$5 suggested donation to Jam Leader

French-Canadian Jam


French-Canadian Jam organized by Devon Leger
- Different Locations Monthly. Contact devon@nwfolklife.org for more info and to join email list.

Notes on Jam Etiquette


1. Every one, regardless of musical ability, is invited and encouraged to join the jam circle, but please try to come practiced & prepared.

2. Keep your eye out - make room for new players so they can enter the circle at any time and feel welcome to do so.

3. Too many of the same instruments? Take turns by leaving the circle after playing a few tunes and encourage a sideliner to take your place. Sometimes it's possible to make a second circle, check with the jam leader.

4. If you are unfamiliar with a tune, DON'T PLAY AND JUST LISTEN a few times through, then play along quietly until your sure you've got it.

5. Pay attention to your volume, make certain the person leading the tune can be heard by everyone. Likewise, if you are leading a tune, try to play loudly.

6. Make sure you're in tune. Use an electronic tuner & check yourself frequently.

7. When leading a tune, announce the key before starting each tune or song. And announce the chords if the tune is more obscure. If a the player next to you does not know the chords and you do: offer to tell them quietly.

8. Jams are a great learning experience, but are not meant to be freebie music lessons. If you're looking for alot of pointers, feel free to ask around to find others that offer private lessons, or ask for recommended recordings to listen to at home.

9. Dancer etiquette: Step-dancers are encouraged to come to jams! Please help out the musicians by waiting to dance until the tune is played a few times through the form and is being well-grasped by the majority of the musicians. Also, coordinate taking turns if there are multiple dancers, as too many feet gets awfully cacophonic (you can take turns on the same tune).

10. If the jam is at a business, keep the business happy! Buy a beverage/snack & tip the staff (alcoholic-free drinks are available at bars if you don't drink alcohol), invite your friends to come listen, & try to play your best as the better the jam sound the more people will listen and gain an interest and support what you're doing!

Special note to Beginning Old-Time Guitarists: Guitars are the driving force of old-time music and have an important and hard job of providing both steady rhythm and an overtone chord that affects the overall sound of the tune. With multiple guitars in a jam, it is very important that they get on the same page with each other. If you are unsure of the chords, please wait to play, watch what other more experienced guitarists are doing and follow them. Or listen and ask someone at the end of the tune how the chords go. Also, staying on the "ONE" chord is more effective than playing many different chords. Standard rhythm on the right-hand for old-time guitar is a simple "boom-chuck" (if you don't know how to boom-chuck, please ask).