For the first time ever, we only had one and half students at the Tuesday jam. I say "a half" because Kenney could only stay for half an hour before he had to get back home to his sweetie, Janet, who had surgery on her guitar-fretting hand Monday. One of her fingers was "triggering" (and hurting) and that was definitely interfering with her guitar playing so, naturally, she had to have that fixed! Get well soon, Janet, we miss you!
Betty Fisher, our current Murphy Method Poster Child, stayed the whole time (okay, we did quit a little early...) and she and I had a good time playing all her songs which now include:
Banjo in the Hollow
Boil Them Cabbage (low and hi)
I Saw The Light
She can vamp to all of these using the F shape and she's only been taking for a few months. (She must have a great teacher! Which would be Casey!) Betty's current songs, Worried Gal and Two Dollar Bill, are coming right along but that long slide on the fourth string is giving her a tiny timing problem which we worked on a teeny tiny bit. (Hope you don't mind me doing a spot of teaching, Casey!)
A word to the wise: Betty said she is also enjoying using her capo, especially after reading my capoing blog. Just for fun, she now plays all her songs in A and then all her songs in C. Doing that has really helped her playing and her vamping. Go thou and do likewise!
Tonight, Wednesday, November 13 will be the first anniversary of the Tip Jar Jam! We've been jamming for a whole year! I wish I could say we are going to have special celebration but I have been way too tied up in the production of our new performance DVD, Murphy and Casey Play and Sing Bluegrass Songs For You. Red and I have been working on the Bloopers (30 of them!) and we have some hysterical shots, especially of Casey, Marshall Wilborn, Tom Adams, and me. In one shot I tell Tom if he keeps screwing up he can be fired!
As you will see, we had a ball shooting this DVD. For the first time ever I have also included a commentary track for all the songs. We are setting the DVD up so you can watch the songs with or without the commentary. I think you'll enjoy watching it both ways. The DVD should be ready soon. We'll let you know.
But right now, Happy Anniversary to all the Tip Jar Jammers! Thanks for your commitment to the jam, for your enthusiasm, and your willingness to let me lead you in this new venture. I'm looking forward to our second year of jamming and I'm curious to see where this path will take us. Onward and upward!