Fogartyville jams are all about sharing music, making new friends, and enjoying a relaxing afternoon listening to and playing acoustic music. Hosted by inspiring jam leaders, each gathering will introduce music, tips and skills to uplift the listening and playing enjoyment of all. The events will begin with a Slow Jam, followed by more advanced playing. All acoustic instruments are welcome.
Trad-Roots Music refers to tunes and songs descended through an oral history of being passed along through the socio-cultural interactions of communities around the globe. In contrast to commercial, pop and original music, these would be melodies that have a simple chord structure of 2 or 3 chords, and a melody that falls well on a melody instrument, but may have a variety of harmonies and rhythms either traditionally connected to the culture or that have evolved through folk traditions or creative improvisation and arrangements of skilled musicians.
The focus for jammers is to share a common goal of playing as one united sound and establish a cohesive groove. Tunes and tempos will be intended for folks who have at least an upper beginner level of ability on their instrument of choice, but beginners are welcome too, and advanced players are highly encouraged to come early to support the Slow Jam, or to come later for the Up-to-Speed jam. Only acoustic instruments will be permitted. There will be one electronic keyboard available.
Ideally, players will be playing without the use of written music to encourage deeper group listening and learning from each other at the Slow Jam. Chord charts for the selected tunes will be provided, so please default to these chords when playing together.
By registering here, you will be able to receive a list of tunes and songs with chord charts that you can expect to be shared and that most players will be familiar with. For those writing original material, please check our Singer-Songwriter series beginning in January where your original work is welcomed to be performed!
First hour – Slow Jam (see description below)
Second hour – Moderate to Up-Speed Session of tunes and songs to share
Final 1⁄2 hour – Anything Goes – breakout into smaller ensembles, network, be mentored, get more information, etc.
What is a Slow Jam?
The “slow” modifier indicates that it is targeted to the following musicians: people who have been playing solo and want to get used to playing in a group setting: people who have just learned how to play and want to play with others; people who have instruments that have been gathering dust for a “few” years; experienced players who are trying out playing instruments other than their primary instrument; people who are comfortable playing their instrument but want to become more comfortable singing/leading a song. The tunes are played at the tempo that is most appropriate for the level of the group, and the keys of C, G, A, D and E and their relative minors.
It is our hope that you will feel more confident and comfortable playing at the many open jams and open mics that can be found in our area after playing at the Trad-Roots Jam! As our common repertoire expands, future sessions will become more open, so let us know your favorites and if you would like to lead them!