Virtual Jams: August 2020 – ???

Until the pandemic threat is over, Slower Than Dirt is moving to a virtual teleconferencing jam on the fourth Saturday of the month, between 2pm and 4pm Pacific Time.

The next virtual jam is on Saturday, November 28, 2020, from 2pm to 4pm, Pacific time.

The meeting link and passcode will be posted here on Friday, November 27th.

Tunes from the core repertoire to be played in November are:

  • Eye of the Beholder (D)
  • Mississippi Sawyer (D)
  • Soldier’s Joy (D)
  • Swannanoa Waltz (D)
  • Wind That Shakes the Barley (D)
  • Bound to Have a Little Fun (G)
  • Hollow Poplar (G)
  • Rat’s Gone To Rest (G)
  • Seneca Square Dance (G)
  • Shove That Pig’s Foot… (G)

The technology to be used for these virtual jams is Zoom for the time being. It has the best combination I’ve found of ease of use, cross-platform support, and settings which allow for decent quality audio. I’d also like to try Jamulus for its better audio and the possibility of being able to hear everyone playing together, but that’ll probably be a separate project from these virtual jams.

The link and/or password for the month’s jam will be posted on this page and to the Facebook event page the day before, to lower the risk of trolls finding and interrupting the jam. If you haven’t participated in one of these before, how it works is that when you join the jam, you may start off muted. If we’re playing a tune, you won’t be able to un-mute yourself, because conferencing apps just don’t work for playing together in sync. The tune leader (which for Slower Than Dirt will be Josh on fiddle and an iPad providing accompaniment) is the only one who can be heard during a tune, so you will be able to hear yourself and the tune leader, but nobody else. Between tunes, everyone will be un-muted so we can talk to each other.

These jams might be recorded and posted to Youtube; I’ll warn/ask participants before turning the recording on, though.

Tunes to be played at this jam can also be found on the front page of this site, or in the description of the corresponding Facebook event.

Recorded jams:

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