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Hawkeye Herman

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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.

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Time TravelerTime Traveler replied on April 10th, 2016

Why do I get the feeling at your last Jam some dude kept screaming PLAY FREE BIRD!! Ha Ha! That's just good solid advice for life young people.. I was in the Bar and Casino Biz for almost 30 years... So I agree with every word.

zevanzevan replied on January 21st, 2016

Thank you this is great

arceaarcea replied on January 5th, 2016

Thanks Hawkeye.. You have turned me into a Lurker.. :) I'm checking out several in my area and the city I travel to the most for business. Thank Chris also.. I've always loved his input.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on January 5th, 2016

You're most welcome, Eric. I hope you continue to enjoy the music we love, the blues, whether you're practicing/playing the guitar, or 'lurking about' in the blues scene anywhere on the planet. ;-) Please be sure to check out the free 'Guitar Lessons' at my web site, hawkeyeherman.com, and the blues historical articles I've written & my memoirs about the iconic blues masters I met and learned from directly on the 'Original Articles' page ... and don't forget the "Videos" link at my web site, watch me play over 20 blues songs, in concert, and see how I use the blues guitar techniques I teach on JamPlay when I'm performing ... try to play along with me, it's good practice, and, of course, try to 'steal' my licks/riffs/ideas. I hope you continue to enjoy 'traveling' on the 'blues highway' forever ... and that the insights and skills you've learned from me/my JamPlay.com lessons serve you for the rest of your life. ;-) Thanks so much for your kind comments.

gharringtongharrington replied on December 17th, 2015

Thank you Hawkeye for a the interesting hours as a fly on the wall in musicians' jamming world. When I venture across the jam bridge one day, I'll recall your wise counsel on etiquette...while going down the blues highway.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on December 18th, 2015

You're most welcome, Gary. For better or worse, there's a lot more going on at a jam than the music; for some folks this is their only chance to play out with others, for some it's a competitive event, for others it's the opportunity to try out licks/riffs they've been working on in their bedroom for weeks/months, some folks just want to meet 'somebody,' some folks just want to drink and socialize, etc. ... not unlike the varied universe of reasons/motivations that bring/draw the general public into a bar/club ... egos and all social/personal/guitar/music/style technique and roomful of human BS aside ... I suggest that when one participates in a jam, that he/she be outwardly kind/open/cordial/polite to others, while inwardly focusing on the simple goal of participating and enjoying the opportunity of playing with others, without putting any more expectations than meeting, playing with others & having fun making/creating music, good or bad, and possibly learning something along the way. ;-) 'Keep the sunny side up, and the greasy side down, when traveling on the blues highway.' It's nice to be nice. ;-) Thanks for 'traveling' with me on the 'long ansd winding road that has no end.'

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on December 16th, 2015

Honestly, I can see a lot of competition amongst people in Jams. I can see why you probably stress the politeness, kindness, ego parts of all this so much. The way every band usually breaks up in real life, so probably does every Jam group. Egotistical bastards.

Hawkeye.HermanHawkeye.Herman replied on December 18th, 2015

Thanks for the comments, SOuthern Cash. Forgive me, but since your comments and gharrington's are 'related, I'll simply restate what I posted in response to his kind and thoughtful comments " For better or worse, there's a lot more going on at a jam than the music; for some folks this is their only chance to play out with others, for some it's a competitive event, for others it's the opportunity to try out licks/riffs they've been working on in their bedroom for weeks/months, some folks just want to meet 'somebody,' some folks just want to drink and socialize, etc. ... not unlike the varied universe of reasons/motivations that bring/draw the general public into a bar/club ... egos and all social/personal/guitar/music/style technique and roomful of human BS aside ... I suggest that when one participates in a jam, that he/she be outwardly kind/open/cordial/polite to others, while inwardly focusing on the simple goal of participating and enjoying the opportunity of playing with others, without putting any more expectations than meeting, playing with others & having fun making/creating music, good or bad, and possibly learning something along the way. ;-) 'Keep the sunny side up, and the greasy side down, when traveling on the blues highway.' It's nice to be nice. ;-) Thanks for 'traveling' with me on the 'long ansd winding road that has no end.'" - Thanks for you're understanding, Southern Cash. ;-)

Southern CashSouthern Cash replied on December 16th, 2015

It's similar to baseball player's batting averages. They fail more than they succeed. Much akin to what you speak of for guitar players who while learning probably fail more than they succeed.

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

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" ...plays haunting music on a mournful guitar."
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"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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