Whatever your instrument …
This page shows you how to start jamming!
“I learned to jam almost as soon as I could chord along on easy songs with friends. Keeping it slow and simple, ANYONE can be jamming within days of getting their first stringed instrument! Basic rhythm playing + following chords on good songs… easy, fun, and fundamental!” Most methods are about solo practicing. But bluegrass is always played in a group — and that’s where the fun and learning really happens, even just starting out!”
* “The go-to jam songbook”
— Bluegrass Unlimited
* 39 favorites, large print
* Online playlists of all 39
* Chords/positions shown
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Free info on jamming!
- Bluegrass Jamming Basics The full ground rules of bluegrass jamming, from “musts” to suggestions.
- Photos of common guitar chords All jammers need to recognize these chords, for following along.
- List of Bluegrass Jamming Favorites 116 standards listed by category. Watch/hear them all, on online playlists!
- How to Find Jams Best ways to find people near you, that you’re best suited to jam with.
- List of 2-chord songs Pick a song to sing/hum, start on a G — and experiment with when to go to D and back!
- “A New Direction in Teaching and Learning Bluegrass Music” Pete’s time-tested steps for teachers and students, and why they work. Popular article, highly recommended!
- Ask Doctor Banjo about Jamming Pete’s Q&A section has a special “jamming” category.
140 favorites with melodies in easy tablature. Still the only book about bluegrass singing… How the all-time great singers do it, in their own words: Monroe, Flatt, Martin, Stanley, Rowan, Dickens, Allen, Whitley, Waller, McReynolds. Sections on harmony, choosing a key, songwriting, and much more!