PineCone Youth Jam with Jef Walter

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Saturday, 2016, July 9 - 2:00pm
Presented in partnership with Piedmont Picnic Project .
Venue: 
800 N Blount St
Raleigh, NC 27604

Calling all youth musicians who play guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, and bass! You’re invited to jam with other young musicians in the area who enjoy playing the same types of music you do!

Several members of the Carolina PineCones youth band will be on hand to jam, and young bluegrass players of all skill levels are welcome to join in. This will be a great opportunity to share music with other young musicians, and a little bit of a "sneak peak" at what Jam Camp will be like in Cary, July 25-29. Please let us know if you have any jam-related questions!

The featured song at this jam will be "Blackberry Blossom," in honor of the Piedmont Picnic Project's Blackberry Brigade event, which is generously hosting this jam!! The song will be introduced and played in the key of G, and anyone who's unfamiliar with this one will have the chance to learn it then.

This song uses a similar chord structure to the "one, four, five" chord songs that the group has been learning, except it adds one extra chord, the flat seven chord (like "High on a Mountain," which was introduced at a youth jam back in April). So in the key of G, the one, four, and five are G, C, and D, and the flat seven is an F chord.

Participants are also encouraged to bring a prepared song to sing and/or play with the group, but this is not required for participation. 

Songs played at past youth jams have included:

Instrumentals:

  • Angeline the Baker (D)
  • Arkansas Traveler (D)
  • Soldiers Joy (D)
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast (D)
  • Liberty (D)
  • Old Joe Clark (A)
  • Cripple Creek (A)
  • Salt Creek (A)
  • Cherokee Shuffle (A)
  • Blackberry Blossom (G)
  • Billy in the Lowground (C)

Songs with Lyrics:

  • Bury Me Beneath the Willow
  • Nine Pound Hammer
  • Long Journey Home
  • I'll Fly Away
  • My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • In the Pines

Newer songs the group has worked on:

  • High On a Mountain (featured song in April 2016) - Key of G
  • Meet Me By the Moonlight (featured song in March 2016) - Key of G, Key of E
  • (A) Worried Man Blues (featured song in February 2016)
  • (D) Swallowtail Jig
  • (G) June Apple
  • (G) Long Journey Home ($2 Bill)
  • (G) Red Clay Halo
  • (C) Molly Malone
  • (G) Dooley (featured song in January 2016)
  • (D) Pig Ankle Rag
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Carolina PineCones students rehearsing with Jef Walter.

Learn more about PineCone's Youth Programs

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