Fretboard Jams - the future - calling all North and South residents!

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  • breakstuffbreakstuff Frets: 5503
    Ahem!!


    Can't believe no one's suggested Grimsby yet.Or if you want a bit further inland, Scunthorpe.I could possibly make the trip providing my horse and cart doesn't break down in the meantime.
    In my life,why do I give valuable time to people who I'd much rather kick in the eye.
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  • usedtobeusedtobe Frets: 2392
    Is there going to be a separate London jam..?
     ;) 
     so if you fancy a reissue of a guitar they never made in a colour they never used then it probably isn't too overpriced.

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13568
    usedtobe said:
    Is there going to be a separate London jam..?
     ;) 
    You've got enough of them on every bloody road already...
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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 2816
    OK, I'll do a SwinJam

    Will leave starting a thread until after Leicester 
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13568
    TimmyO said:
    OK, I'll do a SwinJam

    Will leave starting a thread until after Leicester 
    Once the Leicester jam is over, and I've correlated the PM traffic re locations as well then we can agree on north and south locations. Swindon looks most likely, but I just need to gauge collective interest to ensure maximum coverage!

    I've got a natty formula now for background organising and logistics, so once we are post-Leicester I'll drop you a PM and work out the best way to split it. 

    Having a local on the ground would be very helpful, my intention is still to turn up and be there on the day tho.

    Def. hold off on other threads for now - I will start a new bunch post Leicester as I'm worried about sticky-thread overload!





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  • TTony said:
    m_c said:
    Leeds is about 4 hours south for me!
    Bloody southern shandy drinkers who think the north starts at Watford gap.

    It's not so much that the north starts at Watford gap, more that civilisation ends there.
    ;)
    Please! I'm from London, and there's more culture in a yoghurt these days! It's all youfffs and dick heads in suits paying £8 for a pint of frothy water on expenses!

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  • BlackjackBlackjack Frets: 132
    I would like to be considered for the Sarf one.  I am not very good though so if somebody who is a better player came along and wanted the place then that's fine, I would understand.
    I am about 20-30 mins from Croydon but happy to drive within reason.
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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13568
    Blackjack said:
    I would like to be considered for the Sarf one.  I am not very good though so if somebody who is a better player came along and wanted the place then that's fine, I would understand.
    I am about 20-30 mins from Croydon but happy to drive within reason.
    These jams are all about beginners and people without live experience - if anything you'd take priority over an experienced player ;)
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  • I think we should draw the line at people from Croydon. If we carry on down that road, people from places like Hull or Bolton will think they're invited.

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  • BridgehouseBridgehouse Frets: 13568
    I think we should draw the line at people from Croydon. If we carry on down that road, people from places like Hull or Bolton will think they're invited.
    Bet you're from Byker ;)
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  • I think we should draw the line at people from Croydon. If we carry on down that road, people from places like Hull or Bolton will think they're invited.
    Bet you're from Byker ;)
    Croydon actually...I just escaped to Byker, drawn by the appeal of Geoffs mighty beard...


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  • DiscoStuDiscoStu Frets: 2795
    I like the idea of meeting more of you sweaty beasts. North would be the shortest (!) drive for me but in reality for most of you, your North is very much my South!
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  • BlackjackBlackjack Frets: 132
    Blackjack said:
    I would like to be considered for the Sarf one.  I am not very good though so if somebody who is a better player came along and wanted the place then that's fine, I would understand.
    I am about 20-30 mins from Croydon but happy to drive within reason.
    These jams are all about beginners and people without live experience - if anything you'd take priority over an experienced player ;)
    Aw thank you! I am a struggling beginner right now, got so far but not played much really this year what with loosing my dad and stuff but this would be a great incentive to get playing again, something to work towards! Thank you so much! 
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  • modellistamodellista Frets: 657
    Leeds is the obvious central choice, although it's still south north if you catch my drift. It's funny that both the suggested towns are only a couple of hours-ish from Leicester - the geographical net could maybe be spread a bit more widely? Although I guess you can't please all the people all the time.  I could put my hands on a drummer (ooh-er!) and a decent multi-room practice studio with a stage however if it was in Newcastle. Depends if you want to attract any Scottish interest or whether there is a plan for a separate Scots event. Would have thought Newcastle is likely to attract a few but Leeds is that bit too far. Are there any members here that actually live in/around Leeds and know any potential venues?
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  • Leeds is the obvious central choice, although it's still south north if you catch my drift. It's funny that both the suggested towns are only a couple of hours-ish from Leicester - the geographical net could maybe be spread a bit more widely? Although I guess you can't please all the people all the time.  I could put my hands on a drummer (ooh-er!) and a decent multi-room practice studio with a stage however if it was in Newcastle. Depends if you want to attract any Scottish interest or whether there is a plan for a separate Scots event. Would have thought Newcastle is likely to attract a few but Leeds is that bit too far. Are there any members here that actually live in/around Leeds and know any potential venues?
    As you know, I'm local to you but also Huddersfield part of the time. I don't know anywhere in Leeds but have access to a couple of really good venues in and around Hudds, which is only 20 minutes West of Leeds and also brings the mancs closer. 

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  • TimmyOTimmyO Frets: 2816
    Leeds is the obvious central choice, although it's still south north if you catch my drift. It's funny that both the suggested towns are only a couple of hours-ish from Leicester - the geographical net could maybe be spread a bit more widely? Although I guess you can't please all the people all the time.  I could put my hands on a drummer (ooh-er!) and a decent multi-room practice studio with a stage however if it was in Newcastle. Depends if you want to attract any Scottish interest or whether there is a plan for a separate Scots event. Would have thought Newcastle is likely to attract a few but Leeds is that bit too far. Are there any members here that actually live in/around Leeds and know any potential venues?
    I've done these things before (for previous lifecycles of 'the' forum) and it's less about geographic centre than more of a population-weighted centre of people who intend to come (and you learn to spot the 'well it depends when and where and if the wind is westerly and well maybe' and not be too swayed by where they are ;-)

    Also, imho it's not a great idea to do it somewhere 'central to everyone' but where nobody is on hand to help with arrangements/last minute issues. 

    the only reason for the historical SwinJam location is because after much faffing (I stress this was many years ago on a different iteration of the community) I said I'd arrange it all but if I was going to do that I'd find venue/curry house/accommodation close to me. Enough people were fine with it so SwinJams 1-3 happened, plus 2 GearJams and one of the Gas-Fests 

    I always prefered organising the ones where 20 were definitely coming, rather than when 50 might be.
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  • Right. Leicester Jam all done and dusted. 


    Broadly, I'd say it was a fab day (others may agree or disagree!)
    As a formula, for a big day to work I think it needs the following:

    - At least 2 rooms - and pref. big.
    - A solid house band rhythm section (Drums, Bass, Keys)
    - Vocalists (!)
    - A running order that everyone has plenty of time to practice

    We squeezed a good number of songs into the time - we started at 11.50 and the last song finished at 17.25 - there were 3 15 min breaks. 

    So if there's enough interest, I reckon a North and South Jam are a definite go-er - given the above statements, I'd aim for January for South and May for North. 

    Leicester attendees please do feel free to chip in (!).

    South - location, venue, house band and vocalist volunteers?
    North - ditto - location, venue, house band and vocalist volunteers?

    I'm more than happy for a willing volunteer to come forward for each one to do local organising - I'm happy to come down and spread the volunteering load - and of course to do house bass. 
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  • Broadly, I'd say it was a fab day (others may agree or disagree!)
    Thoroughly agree here - great day.

    I'd commend coming to one of these to any player, environment was supportive and much fun was had.

    It's lovely to meet the forumites as well - really friendly bunch, despite having to sit through some of my performances! :)

    Thanks again @Bridgehouse ;

    BTW - we sneakily added a third room thanks to it being quiet and that was really helpful, it actually became the "jam" room, there was also the "bro hangs" room and a "live" room, so you probably sort of need three?

    The rhythm section were fantastic all day.
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  • Broadly, I'd say it was a fab day (others may agree or disagree!)
    Thoroughly agree here - great day.

    I'd commend coming to one of these to any player, environment was supportive and much fun was had.

    It's lovely to meet the forumites as well - really friendly bunch, despite having to sit through some of my performances! :)

    Thanks again @Bridgehouse ;

    BTW - we sneakily added a third room thanks to it being quiet and that was really helpful, it actually became the "jam" room, there was also the "bro hangs" room and a "live" room, so you probably sort of need three?

    The rhythm section were fantastic all day.
    I'd agree with 3 rooms if we have as many as we had today (!) I counted 28 at peak (some came late, some went early)
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  • I'd agree with the three room setup, the "house band" room had a good structure with a set of proper songs, the free form jam room was a good place to spend much more time learning to play/jam songs with other people (I spent two hours in there drumming and guitaring with others- though it would have been better if we had a few song sheets of simple jam songs chord sequences), and the hangout room was kit demos and chatting. I'd have happily payed more if needed- £8 for the day was a bargain!
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  • I would be happy to help out with a southern one if I can be of use.  My knowledge is fairly small but my enthusiasm and willingness is large! I am organised and have a car so if I can be of help please feel free to shout! 
    I can play basic stuff and manage some vocals without too much trouble. 
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  • Happy to help out with a Northern effort if we settle on Manchester as a location. 
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  • PabloPablo Frets: 21
    I'm just sticking my name down for the Southern jam as I had great time and was made to feel very welcome even though I didn't play. In fact I'd be happy to go to Leicester again unless there's a desire to limit repeat offenders visitors to give other people a chance.
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  • Just my 2pc, but, as a first timer,  I found the third jam room really helpful to get a feel for playing my songs with others, and destressing before playing in the main room. It really helps to have someone who can play drums, but that's probably all that is needed as we used our own amps.
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  • TADodger said:
    Just my 2pc, but, as a first timer,  I found the third jam room really helpful to get a feel for playing my songs with others, and destressing before playing in the main room. It really helps to have someone who can play drums, but that's probably all that is needed as we used our own amps.
    That's a really good point - bring a praccy amp to the jam!

    Mine carked out when I plugged it in (sodding thing) and it made my day unnecessarily difficult.
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  • Count me in for the southern one - not sure about the northern one yet, though.

    Anything I can do to help, just let me know :)
    "Mains is ouchy if you get it up you" - Sporky
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  • I'm happy to go to all of them, I like driving (you probably noticed that!) 

    I'm happy to provide vocals for anything and would have done more yesterday if there'd been more copies of words printed out. Maybe in future justprint everything just in case? 

    Of course, having heard me wail, you might decide that I don't need more ammo...or a mic, ever again! ;)

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  • John_PJohn_P Frets: 1547
    Northern one would be great. I'd have come to the Leicester day but I had a full day of PA hire booked. I'm near Hull and could easily sort a venue there but it's too far East. Somewhere like Leeds or York are pretty accessible I would have thought from r trains and motorways giving a a lot of range for people within a two hour radius. If I'm not already gigging I'll happily provide a PA if necessary to open up more venues and I'm happy to play bass for a bunch of tunes. Also happy that bring some modelling and real amps if anyone wanted to do some comparisons.
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  • Count me in for a Northern one if it happens.

    I'm based up in Tyne and Wear, so Newcastle would be perfect. More than willing to travel to Leeds/York, possibly Manchester at a push. Also up to Edinburgh or something like that would be doable.

    I'll watch with interest how this develops! 
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  • Thanks for all the replies folks - and the very fine offers of help - all gratefully received.

    For the North Jam Mk 1, I'm swaying towards the Leeds/Huddersfield area to capture as many as possible - a local volunteer for liaison etc would be most welcome.. 

    I am also tempted to see if we could get a Mk 2 going as well, probably Newcastle or even further up. 

    I would be happy to do the majority of the Mk 1 jam, including running the day (no mean feat!) but the Mk 2 might be a bit out of range for me - anyone up for organising (I'll help of course)

    For South, well, it's a big place... and very, um, wide so I think there's scope to investigate an eastern one, and a Swindon one too - @TimmyO  could you kick off a Swindon one and I'll rope @Blackjack into seeing how possible an Eastern one could be (Sort of Kent/Essex way)

    Thoughts?
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