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!
Thanks for the quick responses to my jam camp announcement! The first session, scheduled for Sunday, June 30 at 1:30PM sold out in a day. So, I’ve scheduled a second session at 3:30 the same day. Please check out my two previous blog posts below for all the details, and be sure to contact me at email@example.com with any questions.
Our first session will be held on Sunday, June 30. We will meet at the West Chester Music Store lesson studios at 319 S. High Street in West Chester. The session starts at 1:30PM sharp and will last a little over an hour, so please arrive a few minutes ahead so that you have time to unpack and tune up.
We will work on a set of three Beatles tunes (what better way to start?): While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Norwegian Wood, and You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away. Please remember that everyone needs to thoroughly prepare these songs BEFORE the session! I won’t be taking time to teach them (well, maybe a lick here and there) to you. The focus is on learning to play them well together: finding a good tempo, setting and holding a groove, and navigating the parts of the song so that we all make it through smoothly.
You do need to register with me in advance! The best way to do that is to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. There are only four spaces available in each session, so it’s first-come-first-served. If there’s enough interest, I’ll hold a second session at 3:30.
The fee is $20 per person, per session, payable in advance to hold your reservation. You may pay me directly, leave payment at the music store, or use PayPal (please contact me for details). Fees are NOT refundable after Monday, June 17, which is two weeks before the session is held. This is so I can find another person, and so they will have plenty of time to get ready.
I have song sheets available and will get them to you via e-mail when you sign up. Questions are welcome. Hope you can join us!
Recently I posted on my Facebook page about some new ideas I’m developing for a series of “one-shot” workshops that would address a single topic in one hour. I got a lot of good feedback about the concept, and the frontrunner idea was a coached jam session. I love this idea, and want to share with you how I see it taking shape!
The goals are to get some training and experience in playing with other musicians. Many of my students practice diligently and progress well, but don’t have much, if any, opportunity to get together with other players and work up songs. Any player who has had a chance to do that will tell you that if you can find some other people on a similar skill level and with compatible tastes in music, you’ll want to get together to play with them as often as you possibly can.
It’ll work like this: meetings will last an hour (probably a little longer). The group size will be only four people, plus me. Everyone will get individual coaching from me. There will be several sets of three songs listed here on my site. We’ll focus on classics: Beatles, Stones, Neil Young, and on and on. I’ll choose a set that each jammer will need to prepare thoroughly before we play, one set per session. You can sign up for whatever sessions look interesting to you. The song sets will be chosen well before the sessions and I’ll make available clear, basic charts for each song, to help you get ready.
I don’t mean that you’ll need to prepare each song in a note-for-note, just-like-the-record sense. Instead, anyone who can play the right chord at the right time with an appropriate sense of the song’s groove which be all set, and welcome in the jam group.
We’re going strictly acoustic, at least at first, so we can keep volume under control. All you need to bring is your guitar and your chord charts, plus any other song materials you need. I have some good basic jam rules we’ll follow. Once we’ve touched on those, we’ll count it off and play.
Each session will cost $20 a head. Most of the time we will meet on Sunday afternoons. The first session will be held at the West Chester Music studio on the last Sunday of June. Details to follow!
Zooming in now, as the Magnatone geekfest continues! I’ve looked “under the hood” at a lot of guitars, and this one showed me some things I’ve never seen. The pickups are completely non-adjustable, unusual for the time. The black sections are plastic, and the chrome rings are plated metal. The parts, especially the baseplates, have the stamp of a Danelectro-like ingenuity, are made simply and still work and sound fine.
The wiring is very neatly laid out and all these parts are high-quality U.S.-made stuff, the same parts Gibson and Fender, among others, were using at the time: CTS pots, Switchcraft jacks and selector switch, and Cornell-Dubilier capacitors. I suppose the pickups were made in-house or specifically for Magnatone. I haven’t managed to track down any info on that yet.