I’m very happy to say that the guitars we built in the first Tele course have attracted a good deal of interest. You have to take my word for it about the great sound, at least until I can get some clips up. But everyone can see they look beautiful. We’re not into doing this halfway!
So, from the mailbox:
Q: Can I bring my own neck and body from XYZ vendor?
A: Better check with me first and in many cases, I have to say no. Proper fit of the neck to the body is critical, and a mismatch can’t be easily fixed, if at all. With the AllParts necks and Clearfork’s bodies, that issue doesn’t even come up. If you were to order both the body and neck from the same vendor (Warmoth or USACG), then we’d probably be OK. Going that way is a lot more expensive, though.
Q: Will my guitar keep up with the commercially-made guitars I’ve bought before?
A: Absolutely, and the combination of the thin finish and carefully selected and assembled parts will give you a sound you can’t get from a guitar with a thicker finish. Choosing your own parts (I provide recommendations here) will mean you don’t need to mod it later, because you can get it right the first time. Of course, down the line you can swap out parts and pickups all you like.
Q: I’d like a sparkle/metalflake/bass boat finish with binding on everything! Can I get that?
A: Sorry, no can do. I recommend and offer a very thin finish, carefully applied and rubbed out, because it both sounds and looks great. If your body or neck comes with binding installed, we can work with that. But options like fancy custom finishes and the like are available from the $4,000-and-up builders. We’re all about getting a great guitar that you really helped to build for a total cost of $1,200 to maybe $1,500.
More to follow!
Some real must-know songs this time! We’ll work up the Band’s classic “The Weight” and get the timing right at the end of the chorus, because people generally don’t. We’ll play “Wagon Wheel”, the best new/old-sounding song to come down the pike in awhile, and really easy to play. And we’ll do “The Sounds of Silence”, both with and without capos. I’ll also show you how to navigate the 2/4 bars that tend to get people sideways. This is an extra-good lineup, I think.
We will meet Sunday, March 23, in the music studios at West Chester Music. The earlier session (at 1:30) is already sold out (thanks, guys!) but there is still space in the 3:15 session. Don’t hesitate if you want to be part of it, since spots are already going fast.
Song sheets are supplied to everyone who signs up, and it’s important to prepare so you can concentrate on blending with the group. I charge $25 a head, since it’s really a coached group lesson. You get the sheets and over an hour of coaching and playing in a small circle (only four people besides me).
You need some some skills to go out and and have fun in a jam, and that’s what this is all about. Please join us. Contact me though the site or at email@example.com. Thanks for your support!
That’s a Saturday, and the 3:15 session is already sold out! If there’s enough demand, I’m up for a second session at 4:45 or so.
After taking a month off to get my Telecaster building course together and launched, I’m getting Jam Camp back on track with the Beatles. We’ll work up I Want To Hold Your Hand, A Hard Day’s Night (with the opening chord played correctly!), and Ticket To Ride.
If you’ve played these tunes before, you know they work great and are fun to hear even when they aren’t done note-for-note. For anyone who cares to dig further, they’re full of little details and parts that really make a difference. Every song is a complete seminar in writing and arranging. Can’t beat that.
We’ll meet on Saturday this time, either the 15th or 22nd (watch this space) at 3:15. Sessions always run about 75 minutes. I’ll run two sessions if there’s enough interest. Song sheets are done. Since this is really a small class (I call it a coached jam), there is a charge of $25 a head. Enrollment is limited to 4 or 5 players per jam.
Full details are on the website under the “Jam Camp” heading. Don’t hesitate to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. You can also use the site’s contact form. Hope to see you there!
I recorded this version of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” awhile back and thought I’d work up a fresh mix and share it. I hope you like it, and that everyone has a great holiday!
The one-hit wonders vein is a deep one, and offers a nearly endless supply of jam-worthy gems. This time we’ll be working out Mungo Jerry’s “In The Summertime”, “Stuck In The Middle With You” from Stealers Wheel, and Tommy Tutone’s immortal “867-5309/Jenny”. They’re in your head whether you want them there or not!
Sessions will be held on either the 8th or 15th (both Sundays), and I will post the actual date here once sign-ups start coming in. As always, song sheets are provided to help with learning the tunes, and we will meet at the West Chester Music studios. These jams are acoustic only, so we don’t annoy the neighbors too much. More to follow…
Our next sessions will be held Sunday, November 17, at the West Chester Music teaching studio. We’ll meet at 1:30 and 3:30, and will be playing through three or four Dylan tunes this time. Song sheets are done and will be sent as PDFs to those who sign up.
Total enrollment is limited to eight players, four per session. The sessions last about 75 minutes, are acoustic only, and cost $25 per person. This is not an open jam session! It’s really a coached group lesson, designed to help you build the skills you’ll need to play easily and enjoyably with other people.
We stress thorough song preparation, active listening, and being able to adapt to the group you are playing with. Short version: it’s way more fun when you know what you’re doing, and my jam camps will help get you there. Join us!
Contact me anytime through the site, or at email@example.com. Thanks!
After all of our successful summer sessions, we’re moving into the fall with the first camp scheduled for Sunday, September 22. Sessions will be at 1:30 and 3:30. I’ve put together a ’70s roundup this time, and we’ll do Amie, Mr. Bojangles, and Sister Golden Hair. If you are interested, please e-mail me at JayScottGuitar@gmail.com.
My fee per player is $25. This is really a coached jam and group lesson, and not just an unstructured jam. The emphasis is on sharpening your playing skills in a group setting. Everyone gets the three assigned songs together, using the song sheets I provide ahead of time, and comes in to camp ready to play through them. It’s NOT a band practice, though, so we don’t care about all the licks and details. All the players get to contribute in any way that’s comfortable, and no one should feel pressured to deliver a perfect performance.
We had a lot of fun at jam camp this summer! I’m hoping to see a lot of returning jammers, as well as some new faces. Don’t be left out! See you on the 22nd.
These guys rocked it. Tight rhythm and some very nice solos. Great job!
Thanks to all the jammers who came out today! Everyone was well-prepared and way up for some playing. I am proud of you all! This unit was based on three Beatles songs, and I used one of them as a surprise exercise in rhythm thinking. Mostly we focused on timing, tone, and dynamics, as well as how to get ready to play in a group. I saw a lot of poise, courage, and good humor today, and I probably had more fun than anyone!
Next up is a Rolling Stones unit on Sunday, July 14. The early meeting at 1:30 is sold out but there are a couple of spots still available at 3:30. Don’t wait around! I think this is going to get kinda popular as word gets out, so let me know if you want to be part of it.
We’ll meet again on 7/21 for a Neil Young program, and then on 7/28 for some classic Tom Petty. Sessions run about an hour and a quarter and cost $20 a head. See you there!
I have sold-out sessions on the calendar now for both June 30 and July 14, both Sundays, both at 1:30, featuring songs of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones respectively. Three Neil Young tunes will be the focus of the July 21 meeting, and I’m thinking Tom Petty for the the 28th. Some of the spots for those sessions have already been claimed but there’s still room. You might not want to wait around. E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org will find me, and I’ll get right back to you.
The second session on June 30 will be held at 3:30, and still has one opening left. If you want it, let me know right away.
See my previous posts for details, cost, and so forth. Thanks for checking this out!