Re: Why not just call them "Guitar Jams"
- Subject: Re: Why not just call them "Guitar Jams"
- From: the Leones <leone@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 4 Dec 2003 17:38:40 -0500
>Original Message -----
>From: "Frank Turina" <fturina@xxxxxxx>
>Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2003 12:20 AM
>Subject: Why not just call them "Guitar Jams"
>> I have been playing/practicing Blues Harp for about a year.
J: OK, that's not a (whole) lot of time, but YOU're year may
equate to 2 or 3 for another player.
> Recently, I
>> started going to the local blues jams. The first few times were great.
>> host band was supportive and encouraged me to get up and play and I
>> a ton.
J: OK, THAT's the way a Jam is SUPPOSED to be.
> Then that particular band stopped running the gig, so lately I've
>> been trying out some other jams in town (Denver). OK, I've heard all the
>> harmanoica player jokes, but didn't think they amounted to a full-blown
>> bias. Now I know different. I'm learning and my ego isn't that big. I
>> know I don't sound like LW or Cotton. But even BEFORE I go up and play,
>> usually treated like a second class citizen.
J: Before? In other words, even before they know what you sound like?
> Tonight, at a place that I
>> never played before, I heard the Jam's host ask the guitarists if they
>> wanted a harp player to sit in - They said no
J: In other words, the MC is NOT in charge. Apparently some
arrangement made beforehand, Obviously with one of the guitar players
>, so I sat out the real
>> electric blues set and they stuck me with an acoustic folk
>> I floundered trying to play first position and third position to
>> his minor keys.
J: Minor keys (starting out player) are not a good choice. You
needed to play YOUR stuff. A jam doesn't necessarily mean that
everyone who wants to play just follow what the "Band" leader picks.
You should be able to suggest something yourself.
> I'm just starting to get comfortable in Cross Harp.
>> the first song, the host came up to the guitarist and said he was doing a
>> good job "drowning out the harp player.")
J: What is the status of this "Host" Is he the owner or something?
> It wasn't fair to me or the
>> guitar player, who was very good.
J: OK< guitar player was good BUT was he willing to "work" with
you, or dead set in doing HIS stuff. Possibly this was HIS only shot
at playing too.
>> I'm not just writing to whine. I won't go back there, but I love playing
>> and I'm not going to quit.
> My question is how do more experienced players
>> deal with the situation?
J: For thew "Host" I usually carry a roll of (Commemorative)
quarters wrapped with duct tape (so'z not to loose em). A whack on
the side of the head usually does the trick.
For the electric guitar players. Avoiding the place means the club
looses a customer (add a girlfriend and it's TWO customers). When
you're famous, don't give THEM a break.
> How can I "cut my chops" on the Harp?
J: Same way you get to the House of Blues (diatonic's equivalent of
Carnegie Hall), practice, practice, practice.........smokey-j
> And Does
>> anyone know of a harp-friendly jam in Denver?
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