Thank you to all the jammers who participated in jams this year! We will sure miss our buddy Jan Sepp (AKA “Jan the Jammer”, who always stepped in to fill the gaps gracefully with his smooth his lead guitar). We are uncertain whether we’ll be having another jam in 2022, but if you’d like to perform or attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so we know you’re coming and what kind of instrument you play. We will likely be doing something in the fall, and very likely Christmas carolling in December!
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JAM TIPS FOR PERFORMERS
Welcome to our Community Jams, a FREE community event hosted by singer-songwriter Jacquie Drew and her amazing soundman & hubby Gary Drew – founders of Community Isobreaker. All are welcome to attend, regardless of which community you live in! If you would like to perform in the jam, here are some guidelines to make this the best possible experience for all.
- Everyone is welcome to play/sing. If you don’t play an instrument, ask the other musicians to support you, and do a song we know.
- Arrive by 1/2h before the start of the jam, so Gary can get you set up in the sound board and give you a sound check. These are claimed on a first-come first-served basis. All players/singers must sit in the lineup for the evening (we can no longer allow people to jump up out of the crowd since it affects the tuning of the overall sound blend).
- Bring a microphone (mic) and stand if you have one, as we sometimes run out of them! These are claimed on a first-come first-served basis. A stool is also a good idea if you have one. We supply cables and power.
- Bring a TUNER and tune your instrument before we start.
- Ideally, use an instrument that has a pickup in it, or doesn’t need one (e.g. saxophone) so we can hear you.
- Once you’ve got your spot, please do not share or lend your microphone.
- You must sing “lead” (the melody) of a song to get a turn in the lineup, but otherwise you are welcome to accompany others!
- If you want to look like a pro – memorize your lyrics, and really, really know your song well. It is better to know an easy song really well, than stumble over a harder one. (Try not to sing while reading your smartphone if you can help it).
- For best success, choose songs that are quite easy for others to play and familiar. This gets more people playing along, and makes everyone sound better and have more fun. There’s a list below here – scroll down…but as long as it’s a well known tune, you’re probably safe!
- Do not request to use backtracks – this is a live performance opportunity for all the musicians.
- When it is your turn, start PROMPTLY, speak into the mic, and tell us:
- the name of the song, and optionally, why you chose it (but be reasonably brief)
- the key or the chords used (keep it to 3 – 4 chords if possible)
- the tempo (what speed you want to go) by counting the song in loudly (e.g. 1,2,3,4!)
- Once you have started the song, keep a steady tempo – listen to the drummer and try to stay locked to him. If you screw up, keep the beat going and jump back in. It’s okay to repeat the same verse if you forget the next verse; or make up forgotten lyrics. Just keep going!
- If you want someone to do a solo for you, look at that player and nod to them as needed.
- When it’s someone else’s turn:
- Don’t sing over top of the lead singer, i.e. don’t sing the melody – let them do it.
- Feel free to sing harmony, or backup vocals
- Strum along, but keep the beat with the drummer
- If you can’t get the chords, or don’t know the song, stay silent (don’t chat/make noise).
- If you play lead guitar or a lead instrument (e.g. saxophone), you can fill “holes” around the melody – i.e. put in little riffs, but not while the lead singer is actually singing. It is crucial not to drown out the lead singer. Also, let some of the other lead players also have a chance to fill holes, and don’t play at the same time as they play so we can hear different lead players.
- When you get to the end of your song, try to visibly signal the players, e.g. look up, especially at the drummer/bass player and use your arms or instrument to show you are slowing down or ending. This helps everyone end together.
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TUNES MOST OF US KNOW
Here are songs we often play at the jams, just because almost everybody knows them – so if you’re new to the jam, try to do something we’ll know, so we can all join in backing you up. Note: no backtracks allows (as the point is to create live music and give the musicians a chance to play).
COUNTRY / BLUEGRASS
Good Stuff – Kenny Chesney
Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
Head over Heels – Blue Rodeo
Till I Am Myself Again – Blue Rodeo
Hasn’t Hit Me Yet – Blue Rodeo
Lost Together – Blue Rodeo
5 Days in May – Blue Rodeo
On the Road Again – Willie Nelson
Always on my Mind – Willie Nelson
You are My Sunshine – The Carter Family
Hey Good Looking – Hank Williams
When Will I Be Loved – Linda Rondstat
Coat of Many Colors – Dolly Parton
Jolene – Dolly Parton
Someday Soon – Ian Tyson
Four Strong Winds – Ian Tyson
Snowbird – Anne Murray
Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray
Danny’s Song – Anne Murray
King of the Road – Roger Miller
I Fall to Pieces – Patsy Cline
Crazy – Patsy Cline
Imagine That – Patsy Cline
I Believe in You – Don Williams
All I Have to Offer You is Me – Kris Kristofferson
In Spite of Ourselves – John Prine
Till I Gain Control Again – John Prine
Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash
Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue – Crystal Gayle
Delta Dawn – Helen Reddy
Mama’s Broken Heart – Miranda Lambert
No One Needs to Know – Shania Twain
Any Man of Mine – Shania Twain
Alberta Bound – Gordon Lightfoot
It’s Hard to Be Humble – Mac Davis
Your Cheatin Heart – Hank Williams
Crazy – Patsy Cline
Startin’ Over – Chris Stapleton
ROCK and FOLK ROCK
American Pie – Don Mclean
Heart of Gold – Neil Young
Free Fallin’ – Tom Petty
Learnin’ to Fly – Tom Petty
Twist & Shout – The Beatles
Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
Here Comes the Sun – The Beatles
While My Guitar Gently Weeps – The Beatles
Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
Light My Fire – The Doors
Like a Rolling Stone – Bob Dylan
If I Had a Millions Dollars – Barenaked Ladies
Be My Yoko Ono – Barenaked Ladies
Bye Bye Love – Everly Brothers
Blue Suede Shoes – Elvis Presley
Suspicious Minds – Elvis Presley
Stand By Me – Ben E. King
Build Me Up, Buttercup – The Foundations
You’ve Got a Friend – Carole King
All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow
Leaving Las Vegas – Sheryl Crow
Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond
Big Yellow Taxi – Joni Mitchell (or Counting Crowes)
Sweet City Woman – Stampeders
Landslide – Fleetwood Mac
Ordinary Day – Great Big Sea
One Great City – the Weakerthans
Ironic – Alanis Morrisette
Life Is a Highway – Tom Cochrane
Leaving on a Jet Plane – John Denver
Country Roads – John Denver
Take It Easy – The Eagles
Lyin’ Eyes – The Eagles
Desperado – The Eagles
Wheat Kings – The Tragically Hip
Wild Thing – The Troggs
NOTE: We don’t play these as often, but the host can definitely play them to accompany you if needed.
Viva la Vida – Coldplay
This Girl is on Fire – Alicia Keys
Crabbuckit – K-OS
I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz
Exes and Ohs – Elle King
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
Lover – Taylor Swift
Bad Day – Daniel Powter
Complicated – Avril Lavigne
Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
Love Will Keep Us Together – Captain N’ Tennille
You Might Think – The Cars
Don’t Worry, Be Happy – Bobby McFerrin
MISC / NOVELTY SONGS
Purple People Eater
Gilligan’s Island Theme
BLUES: We can pull of a basic 12-bar blues if you tell us what key you’re in.
We don’t play much jazz but here are a few:
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