PLEASE NOTE: This jam is on indefinite hiatus. If someone would like to assume leadership of the jam and restart it, please contact us on Facebook (click here).

A few things you should know about the Main Line Medium Bluegrass Jam:

1. This is a welcoming, friendly, supportive, intermediate-level jam (i.e., that's why "Medium" is in the name!). The goal is to be inclusive and have fun playing together; this is *not* a high-level play-weird-jazz-chords-as-fast-as-you-can jam. It's mostly vocal tunes in the bluegrass, traditional, country, folk, newgrass, and Americana styles, although banjo instrumentals and simple fiddle tunes are welcomed (especially if you're willing to teach/lead them). We move easily from the Carter Family to Bill Monroe to Seldom Scene to Bob Dylan, and primarily use acoustic stringed-instruments. Listeners are welcomed to come to the jam, however don’t expect a concert!
  • The following instruments are welcomed: Acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin-family instruments, fiddle, dobro, upright/standup/acoustic bass
  • The following are not traditional bluegrass instruments but may be okay if played tastefully: Electric bass, resonator guitar, tenor guitar, 12-string guitar, cello/viola, ukulele, harmonica, accordion
  • The following are not traditional bluegrass instruments and are not a good fit for this jam: Electric guitar, drums or other percussion, horns or woodwind instruments, spoons

2. Even if you’re not familiar with bluegrass, it’s relatively easy to learn to play this style of music. Give it a try!

3. Please be familiar with the common rules of thumb and etiquette for bluegrass jamming (see the links below to review these).

Remember to play...

...in tune — Tune your instrument before joining the circle
...in key — Know what key the song is in; the most common keys are G, A, C, and D
...in time — Keep in rhythm with the rest of the group
...on the right chord — When others are playing a G, you should too! Don’t worry, these songs don’t have too many chords, so you’ll likely find the right one pretty easily.
...at the right volume — It’s better to play too softly than too loud. Make sure the vocalist and/or people taking instrumental breaks can be heard. If you can’t hear them, turn down your volume.

If you want to read more about the basics of bluegrass jamming, please check out these links:

We look forward to seeing you!