I am still waiting on a single solitary part so I can fix my laptop. I’ve had a lot of time off and I should have known that as soon as I wanted to get back to making some videos that something would stop me. Now I’m a bit frustrated, but I think I should have everything figured out and fixed by this weekend. I am hoping that I get the laptop back together and working by Friday night because I have an opening of about 2 hours on Saturday to get something recorded, edited and ready for upload. I’ll be away from home all day Sunday with Amber and Sandy as they once again compete in the Warrior Dash!
Last year, I was not prepared for the awful mess they were going to make of my car when they were finished. They were completely caked in mud and it got everywhere! This year, I have my tarps ready and they will be covering everything!
This last weekend I was attended a great Jam at Joel’s place. We had most of the gang there and we had a blast! We were a little bummed because we couldn’t make it to the Henry Reed Memorial Fiddler’s Convention in Glen Lyn, VA. We’ve gone there the last couple of years and always had a blast. We are planning on being there next year, but we are taking it a day at a time.
On the subject of jams; if you get a chance to join one or start one, by all means do it. There is no single better way to learn to play music then with a bunch of others. It doesn’t matter if you only know a couple of chords, just find or start a group and you’ll learn together. I learned by performing in front of people. I was in a band as soon as I knew four chords and learned as I went. It was fun and it was the best way to learn, learn fast and learn correctly. In the beginning when I was learning how to find the melody of the song, I had to skip a few notes here and there to get the part of the melody I knew to fit into the timing of the song. As time went on, I got better and better at being able to sing a requested song that I had never done before and playing the melody on the break. It’s not magic, it’s just playing and not letting yourself say “let me do that over”. You just try it, move on and come back the next time. Now when I skip a few notes of the melody line, it’s because I want to. Sometimes it’s because I want to song to have a driving rhythm and sometimes it’s because the rests between the melody notes gives the song flavor and something for the listener to try to find and keeps it interesting.
Have fun, keep playing and I’ll see you all next week!