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  1. Re: Seeking a virtual program where we can jam

    I've been told about three other online jam sites. Supposedly one does not need special equipment to jam at at least some of these. Has anyone tried these?

    NimJam
    Jamulus (live jamming,...
  2. Re: Seeking a virtual program where we can jam

    So far, all the potential jam sites people have looked into are all very quirky, so I have a new plan/format for my musician friends. I'm hosting a weekly talent show for my old band members and a...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Thanks! I'll check out this tab. It's also on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UOWT3Fs6Z4&ab_channel=JohnKelly without a capo. It's in Am here.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    I see you capoed up to the fifth fret. What key do you finger this in? It's a beautiful tune and I would love to learn it. The link says, "with tab," but I don't see a tab.
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    My new fiddle tune is Cora Dye. I found the notation from Gary Harrison -- Fiddle -- Indian Creek Delta Boys. Another good one is Baby Ben (James Bryan, fiddle) Both of these tunes are fairly...
  6. Re: Seeking a virtual program where we can jam

    CarlM, I'm hoping that two musician friends will be able to figure out how to use JamKazam without having to buy hundreds of dollars of hardware to make it work.
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    I'm not sure JamKazam is the program I need. I don't have a computer guru who knows how to set up this program with the probably hundreds of dollars of hardware that I would have to buy.
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  8. Re: Seeking a virtual program where we can jam

    I joined JamKazam. Do I have to have headphones to use this program? One musician friend and I are going to try it out tomorrow, Saturday afternoon at 2:00. It's very daunting to me. I'm not sure...
  9. Seeking a virtual program where we can jam

    Zoom only lets one person speak at a time. I'm looking for a program where local and non-local people can jam on Old Time Fiddle tunes and on mandolin once a week. Where we can all play together,...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Markus, that's really great work!! It always feels so good when we get a difficult note down pat.

    Stringalong
  11. Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    Gibcaster000, thanks for another book suggestion. I listened to the variations for Take Me Back To Tulsa and find Tuttle's variations are more in the swing style than the McGann variations are. For...
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Thanks for posting this, Jim. This is a beautiful waltz. I want to learn it!
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    Gibcaster000 -- I love TuneFox. That's really, really cool. Thanks for posting it. Lots of variations on Worried Man Blues (free sample), and you can even set a slider to change the tempo!
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    Re: What's your new fiddle tune?

    Charles E. That's some nice playing!! I love this tune. Maybe it will inspire me to learn it!

    Stringalong
  15. Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    Thanks, Gibcaster000. I'm working with the McGann book. Mainly it just gives me ideas so I come up with improvs of my own. McGann's improv suggestions can be fairly technically tricky, which is...
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    Thank you all for replying. Turns out I already have Audacity. But File/Export audio is greyed out. What can I do about that?

    Stringalong
  17. Do you know of an easy, safe program to convert wav files to MP3?

    I used to have a program that would convert wav audio files to MP3. I don't have it anymore, and I'm guessing it's because it was incompatible with my new computer, which uses Windows 10.

    I...
  18. Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    Hi Jim,

    I thoroughly agree with you. I like a moderate tempo, too. You can actually hear the tune that way. When everything is played frenetically fast, it all sounds the same.

    Stringalong
  19. Re: Book/s on how to improvise on Old Time tunes???

    Hi Mike, yes, I agree that conversations are more fun than "jam contests." But some jams sure seem like competitions.
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    Hello, Mike Romkey,

    This is all very good advice!!!! Thank you so much for taking your time to write all about your experience and ways to learn to improvise.

    I'll listen to your two YouTubes...
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    Thanks all, for your latest responses to my queries about improvising. Ralph, the McGann book has a downloadable audio with all the variations he has created, 4 variations on each of a large number...
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    Hello, wormpicker. Your ideas are so interesting, and I know they really work. I, too, tend to play a skeletal/outline version of many tunes, and enjoy adding a few notes here and there at a time. ...
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    Wow! So many replies and viewpoints, I can't answer each one individually.

    Ranald wrote: "There are no easy answers to how one handles this, but, be warned, if your improvisation gets complex,...
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    Thanks, Jim!
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    Jim, thanks so much for these great videos! It's really early as I read the latest tips from people on this thread. So I just turned on the first one on "whisper" so I don't wake my apartment...
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