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Sandy Spring Bluegrass Jam
The 5-String Banjo, played in the 3-finger "Scruggs" style is one of the defining sounds of bluegrass music.
Choosing a banjo capo is an important decision when playing in a group.
Ukuleles are not part of the typical bluegrass ensemble. Due to a renewed popularity in the United States, they are becoming more common at bluegrass jams.
The upright bass is a very valuable instrument to the bluegrass ensemble but it can be somewhat misunderstood at times.
In bluegrass music, the "dobro" refers to a resonator guitar, played across the lap - with a steel bar sliding on the strings.
A dobro capo "sandwiches" the strings between a bar and a pad. They come in a few different styles.
What's the difference between a violin and a fiddle? A violin has strings and a fiddle has strangs!
In bluegrass music, the guitar plays an integral part of the ensemble as the basis of rhythm and chord-structure for the songs.
There are almost an infinite number of guitar capos around. Choosing one with adjustable tension is essential for keeping your instrument in-tune during capo changes.
With Bill Monroe being known as a mandolin player, it is an instrument that finds a welcome home in bluegrass jams.
Being in tune with everyone else in the jam session is of the utmost importance!