Musical Adventures


#1

Thought this would be a good place to start a thread where we can share any musical adventures we have.

I’ll be spending the next two weekends + volunteeringhere

for the Fourth year now.

I grew up going to this festival with many friends who did also. Oldest continuous music festival of any kind in Michigan. I have an awesome time working my butt off and helping my old friend and ex-bandmate in different groups. When we were younger he would come here and appropriate guitar licks I’d play.

I’ll spend a few days running a Bobcat; moving picnic tables, traffic control pylons, and vendor wagons, filling dips in roads, setting up day parking, and then I’ll switch to tractor each morning for trash pick-up, cruise in a ATV or golf cart giving folks rides between the stage and the campground.

Somewhere I have to fit in a few hours of practice with some folks I will do a show with in about 6 weeks…Thy have me playing fiddle…and it’s a fiddler’s convention…I’ve much work to do.

Then the Sat of the festival I play a show in OH about 2hrs from the festival…two sets and then back up to the festival to hopefully set back for a bit (or take a nap)


#2

Man, that looks like fun! I need to come up there and see y’all sometime.


#3

It’s a great jamming and family oriented festival Ben. I’m sure you’d have a good time.

Maybe you could deal with Wes Pettinger about helping with/ putting on a workshop or two :wink:


#4

Well, got called for a band, did a couple sets on a show a few week ago, then had a “vocal practice” this afternoon…I’m playing Bass & singing Baritone for this unit. Been quite a few years since I’ve enjoyed doing group vocals as much a I did today.

Also started getting together here and there wit two other musicians…one plays clawhammer banjo (he can also pick Scruggs style some) and does folk & bluegrass…the other is a very good young mando & guitar picker/teacher who does dawg, bluegrass, folk, and other stuff. Have loose future plans of getting the 3 of us together at some point.

Been having a ball picking with others again lately.after several years of basically playing alone.


#5

Hey Ben, If you do decide to head up to Michigan to meet with Dave, how about organising and recording a slow jam session that you could post on the website for oversea and home grown students who for what ever reason cant make it share in your experience.


#6

Hi Dave,

I would really like to be there and see Volume Five.

Do you yet know which day they will be performing?

I am thinking to ask some friends to go too.

I also think it is GREAT - no charge for kids younger yhan 16!

A great way to get young people exposed to some awesome music!


#7

I hope you do head up to the “Enchanted Mitten”! It would be an honor to meet you sir!


#8

Hey there Will,

The schedule isn’t finished yet, but i’ll try to remember to post it here when it gets published.


#9

Update: We’ve had a couple very productive vocal practices for the band, performed a long set on local jam stage and have picked up a couple gigs for the season. The guys all get along very well and looks like it may last a while as we’re pretty much all on the same page

Had a great time playing fiddle at a fish fry/jam session last night. Got lucky and had one of those elusive, wonderful
sessions where I played far above my normal ability…I love when that happens…a couple times i had to just look at my fiddle and wonder “did I really just pull that off?” haha

Got a call from a buddy today…Mike Lilly is coming up to hang out & jam next weekend and asked John to call me and see if I’d come play Bass…uhhh…YES! Always have a great time with Mike (and he’s one awesome banjo picker).


#10

Well, the jam was everything I could have hoped for…so many great vocals that I just played bass and backed out of any singing.

~800 miles on the truck this week and four great sessions…every mile was worth it…super kickoff to the season!


#11

My buddy sent me a few files from our jam last Sat…

Just a room recording…mix isn’t near as good as it was live.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1j78LfcV2KcFj8p-4cl9siBYNimtGdQb5


#12

the link sent me to Google Drive sign in then appeared a Send Request button for access to the material.

not sure if your friend will receive the request or you or does it matter?


#13

Done…it’s my folder.

sorry for the needing to ask permission…

Link should be fixed now so permission isn’t needed


#14

Great pickin’! That mando picker is on fire.


#15

Jeff Tuttle on the mando & singing tenor. It was a rare treat to have him take time away from church & family to come pick some 'grass with us for a while


#16

Thanks for sharing these files. I thoroughly enjoyed them.

For a novice like me, these sound like a distant dream. But then again, I’m finding myself easily picking out certain licks on the banjo that not so long ago would’ve sounded like a distant dream.


#17

Glad you enjoyed them!

Just keep playing and enjoying it…you’ll be surprised at some of the advances you can make over time.

If it’s any consolation there’s a lot of years of experience there. Average age is over 60 and all have over 40 years playing under our belts.

We’re all a little bit rusty, but have a lot of fun picking & visiting together.