PineCone Beginners Bluegrass Jam

Wednesday, 2018, February 21 - 7:00pm
556 Pylon Dr
Raleigh, NC 27606

This month's featured tune is "The Clinch Mountain Backstep," an instrumental tune written by banjo legend Ralph Stanley in the key of A. The unusual thing about this tune is the “backstep” in the B part: an extra half-measure (one extra “Boom-chick”) played each time through the B part. Once you become familiar with this tune, it might be easier to hear/feel that extra beat than it is to count it out. 

The PineCone Beginners Bluegrass Jam is open to all musicians, and it is specifically for those who are learning the basics of bluegrass music and playing with other musicians. It is open to participants of all ages and abilities. This is a great opportunity for participants to learn basic jam etiquette before jumping into a traditional jam. As always, jammers have the option of breaking off into smaller groups to practice what you've been learning.

Songs played at past learning jams include:

  • Little Cabin Home on the Hill
  • Little Maggie
  • Love Please Come Home
  • The Old Home Place
  • Tennessee Waltz
  • Devil's Dream
  • Wagon Wheel
  • Old Joe Clark
  • Nine Pound Hammer
  • My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains
  • In the Pines
  • Amazing Grace
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast
  • Ashokan Farewell
  • Salt Creek
  • Will the Circle Be Unbroken
  • Soldier's Joy
  • Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
  • I'll Fly Away
  • Angeline the Baker
  • Blue Moon of Kentucky
  • Big Sandy River
  • Down the Road
  • St. Anne's Reel
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Jingle Bells

Facilitator Jef Walter is a local musician who plays bass and guitar with Charles Pettee & the Iron Mountain Messengers and other groups; he also mentors The Carolina PineCones, a local youth bluegrass band.

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