How to Survive a Blues Jam, Part 2 (Guitar Lesson)


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Hawkeye Herman

How to Survive a Blues Jam, Part 2

Remember, it's not all about you! Hawkeye discusses a major part of jamming with others: etiquette!

Taught by Hawkeye Herman in Jamming With Others seriesLength: 19:33Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on December 15th, 2015

Seems to be a lot of nuances!

numbinumbi replied on December 9th, 2015

Very ethical

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on December 11th, 2015

Good word choice, numbi. Thanks for the brief comment. :-) Ethics, diplomacy, and flexibility are important aspects to keep in mind when facilitating or participating in a blues jam, or any music jam/situation. ;-)

Jamming With Others

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Are you tired of just playing in your bedroom? Are you thinking of putting yourself out there in a jamming situation? If so, this series from Hawkeye Herman is just the one for you! Hawkeye has been a professional musician for more than 40 years, and has facilitated hundreds of jams. Benefit from his vast experience in this series, Jamming With Others.



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Join Hawkeye as he introduces his series, Jamming With Others.

Length: 5:14 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

How to Survive a Blues Jam, Part 1

Hawkeye gets started in this series with this lecture style lesson explaining just what a blues jam is, and how your typical jam session works.

Length: 14:38 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

How to Survive a Blues Jam, Part 2

Remember, it's not all about you! Hawkeye discusses a major part of jamming with others: etiquette!

Length: 19:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

How to Survive a Blues Jam, Part 3

Learning how to be on stage during a jam is super important! In this lesson, Hawkeye gives us a picture of what it's like on stage, and he coaches us on one of the most important aspects of all: How to...

Length: 14:50 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Easy to Play Hard to Forget, Part 1

Chris Liepe joins Hawkeye in this lesson, giving you a practical look at playing with another person with no rehearsal!

Length: 11:15 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Easy to Play Hard to Forget, Part 2

Now, Chris will lead a song and Hawkeye will back him up! Then they will both explain the process they went through to make this jam successful.

Length: 8:37 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Easy to Play Hard to Forget, Part 3

One more collaboration between Chris and Hawkeye. In this one, they explain the process of complimenting each other musically, when both are playing rhythm guitar.

Length: 12:40 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

The Nuts and Bolts of a Jam Night

Now that Hawkeye has discussed all of the elements of a Jam, he gives you a detailed look at a Jam Night, from being a jammer to being a facilitator of the jam.

Length: 10:35 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Planning Your Own Jam

Having your own regular, private jam session can be a great way to build a musical community. In this lesson, Hawkeye shares is extensive knowledge that comes from years and years of hosting his own private...

Length: 29:42 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Series Summary

Hawkeye wraps up his series on Jamming With Others with a review of his key points: Jamming in a club situation, and starting your own private jam.

Length: 11:33 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only

About Hawkeye Herman View Full Biography ""One of America's finest acoustic guitarists and blues educators."
Cascade Blues Association

"Herman plays with a sensitive, reflective touch that continually draws attention to his vocals, which are effectively understated and free of affectation... Herman can rock with the best of them. A solid choice for fans of traditional acoustic blues."
Living Blues Magazine

" ...plays haunting music on a mournful guitar."
Los Angeles Times

"The only thing better than hearing this live album is seeing Hawkeye Herman in the flesh. Whether adding his own spin to blues classics or offering his own songs, Herman is a one-man history of blues, noteworthy guitar player and inimitable communicator. Miss him at your peril."
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In 2000, Hawkeye was awarded Philadelphia's Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theatre for best original music in a theatrical production. "Everyday Living," Hawkeye's first nationally released album from 1987, now reissued on CD, features the late blues giants Charles Brown and "Cool Papa" Sadler, and established the demand for his now long-standing festival and concert touring. His latest CDs and DVD, "Blues Alive!" (CD), "It's All Blues To Me" (CD), and "Hawkeye Live In Concert" (DVD) have been greeted with rave reviews. Hawkeye's journalistic efforts have been published in numerous national and regional blues and music-related periodicals.

In 1998 he was the recipient of the Blues Foundation's "Keeping The Blues Alive" award for achievement in education. He served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation for six years. Hawkeye was inducted into the Iowa Blues Hall of fame in 2004. In September of 2005, Hawkeye composed, at the request of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), "Katrina, Oh Katrina (Hurricane Blues)," detailing the hurricane disaster on the Gulf Coast. The song was aired to over 7 million listeners on the popular "BBC Today" program. He is the cofounder of the Rogue Valley Blues Festival, Ashland, OR.

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