UIS Old Time Music Jam Session

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Monthly on 2nd Wednesday, 4th Wednesday (view full repeat details)
7:00 pm
9:30 pm
Wednesday, October 25, 2017; Wednesday, November 8, 2017; Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Verified (view event history)
Kathy Simpson
217-206-6240

Old Time Music Jam Session
fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar and other instruments
The session is open to everyone, including those who like to listen, but keep in mind this is an informal playing event with no preset program or tune list. If you are just learning, you are welcome to hang out, listen, follow along, ask questions, and/or observe those who have been at it a little while longer.

2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month, 7pm - 9:30pm. Visual & Performing Arts Building, room VPA 33, now renovated and renamed the Polly Roesch Music Room.

Parking lot A is the best place to park. Come in the building on the NW side of that lot. Or for those of you accustomed to lot B, just come over from there -- see map at this link. VPA is building number 4 on the map at the following link: UIS Campus Map

For information contact Kathy Simpson at: ksimp3@uis.edu, or 217-206-6240

Location

Visual & Performing Arts VPA 33
1 University Plz
Springfield, IL 62703
United States
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steve willoughby
decatur ,Illinois
United States

Member since
November 21, 2008
video

I have two fairly good songs on video last night. If anyone want me to try to e-mail copy, let me know. I also have our two young fiddle players performing Angelina Baker and Turkey in the Straw.

Submitted by steve willoughby on Thu, 2009/03/26 - 10:42am.
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steve willoughby
decatur ,Illinois
United States

Member since
November 21, 2008
banjo strings

When I started playing there was not a lot of choices, i.e., like now. What are you banjo players recommending now? Some salesman sold me a medium gauge set recently and it took some getting use to.

Submitted by steve willoughby on Wed, 2008/12/17 - 9:14am.
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vrteach
Rochester ,Illinois
United States

Member since
November 22, 2006
Strings

Personally I'm not very much of an experimenter with strings. My preferred steel string brand is Elixir because they sound good, and seem to last a very long time (I don't like to change strings). The 4th string doesn't squeak as much when I slide while changing positions, compared with other brands. I prefer medium gauge on my Gold Tone WL-250, which has very low action. I do light gauge on my crummy old aluminum banjo which has rather high action, but don't change them more often that 3-4 years. My bicentennial banjo (that's the one I use as my avatar) has classical-gauge nylgut strings (on which I have to replace the 4th string a couple of times a year), and my fretless tackhead has minstrel-gauge nylguts. The Cello banjo still has the original nylon classical guitar strings that came with it.

It seems to me that when banjo strings come up on the banjo hangout, the blue grass folks most often mention GHS. There are a few who speak highly of the Cryogenic strings from American Banjo company.

Erich
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http://vrteach.org/banjo/

Submitted by vrteach on Thu, 2008/12/18 - 5:56pm.
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steve willoughby
decatur ,Illinois
United States

Member since
November 21, 2008
Strings

Erich, Thanks for info. Looks like I might order a set on line. Local music stores not very supportive of banjo strings. I don't know if my Gibson Mastertone will like product xxx on it. Just kidding.

Submitted by steve willoughby on Wed, 2009/01/14 - 11:50am.

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