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No Jam Blues

Postby sadea_jn13 » Sun Apr 02, 2006 3:18 am

Hey ya'll. . It is so doggone hard to start a blues band here where I am, let alone, jam the blues with anyone.. I tried putting ads up in a couple music stores, in a bookstore, an art gallery. .(snobby coffee shops won't let me..) Basicly the same thing happens..couple weeks go by, I get very few calls.. Sometimes we just play phone-tag, and they never get around to jammin' with me. Furthest I got was,once some young man came here to jam with me, but never came back..reason was he had just moved here,got a job, had no car or time to come jam with me.

How in the hell do I get a blues band started, let alone jam the blues with anyone?!?!?
Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank ya'll..












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RE: No Jam Blues

Postby jaybee » Sun Apr 02, 2006 5:00 am

what you've been doing plus:

replace the ads every few weeks - differrent text, different color paper, nobody bothers to read the 'old' ones

talk to other customers in music shops

find out what the local "blues hangout" is - even if there isn't a 'real' blues bar, there may be a place that's more popular among blues lovers - go there, and talk to people

good luck ;)
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RE: No Jam Blues

Postby lightninboy » Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:00 am

Check out some local Jam nights, (open mic).
You may meet some like minded musicians.
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RE: No Jam Blues

Postby allanlummox » Sun Apr 02, 2006 7:23 am

Check that.

You're young and frustrated.

You've GOT a gateway to the Blues right there.

Lonely? Sing.

Broke? Sing about it.

Onliest one who knows what it's like?

Sing on, babe.

Sing long enough, somebody's going to hear it.

Getting together with a lot of other folks to compare amplifiers won't teach you about singing the Blues.

But singing the Blues can be a means to its own end - and bring the people you want to meet, to you.
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RE: No Jam Blues

Postby lonsterdawg » Sun Apr 02, 2006 3:22 pm

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>Hey ya'll. . It is so doggone hard to start a blues band
>here where I am, let alone, jam the blues with anyone.. I
>tried putting ads up in a couple music stores, in a
>bookstore, an art gallery. .(snobby coffee shops won't let
>me..) Basicly the same thing happens..couple weeks go by, I
>get very few calls.. Sometimes we just play phone-tag, and
>they never get around to jammin' with me. Furthest I got
>was,once some young man came here to jam with me, but never
>came back..reason was he had just moved here,got a job, had
>no car or time to come jam with me.
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>How in the hell do I get a blues band started, let alone
>jam the blues with anyone?!?!?
>Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank ya'll..
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>''i groove to the ancient melodies,of my foremothers,and
>their eternal lovers.''

what i would do is work on some solo acoustic blues. you would probably find some gigs from the very coffee houses you didn't get help from in the first place. doing some gigs will get alot of attention from musicians and people who know musicians. that's how i've met most of the people that i know, that and music store of course.
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RE: No Jam Blues

Postby nizer » Sun Apr 02, 2006 4:41 pm

Hey Sadea, I don't know where you are, but here's something to try that worked for me when I was in a new town. On a warm spring day take yer guitar (if that's what you play) down to a main park. Jes sit on a bench and play. Any blues players will introduce themselves. A lot of other people will too, but that's the price you pay. You may have to do it more than once, but nothing draws blues players like another blues player.

Love your sig btw.
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RE: No Jam Blues

Postby lorilu » Mon Apr 03, 2006 3:52 am

Nice. Dan, you put it so well. Keep us informed, Sadea, how things are goin for you. And how your plan is working.
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RE: No Jam Blues

Postby allanlummox » Mon Apr 03, 2006 3:54 am

Thanks, Lu.

The music has brought me every good thing I've ever had in my adult life.

So I think about5 that rather a lot.

(Lot of time to think lately - the steady rain has KILLED my Busking)
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RE: No Jam Blues

Postby lorilu » Tue Apr 04, 2006 4:04 am

That is good to hear. There's a lot of doubt sometimes for some of us like pursuing something so not practical and difficult so when someone says this is real and good and keep doing it, it is an inspiration. This rain is interesting and it doesn't stop does it.
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Starting a group

Postby RonVermillion » Fri Jun 23, 2006 6:22 pm

Sadea,
Sounds like you are really trying. I second the motion of going to a park and just doing some numbers by yourself. And you might want to combine your first efforts with that. Before going to the park print yourself up a nice 8 1/2" x 11" sign that says something like "Lonely Blues Player wants to Start a Band" and put it somewhere obvious when you are playing in the park, like in your open guitar case where you have seeded it with a couple of bucks. You might make some tips and get to know some other blues players at the same time.

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I third it!

Postby slickcat » Sun Jun 25, 2006 12:38 am

I third the Park idea.... :roll: I know Im a little late, but There hasnt been one time that I took my guitar to the park and DID'NT have another player or singer come by.
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