Stephen Seifert

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Join the Jam Play Along Series Volume I (DIGITAL PRODUCT)


Join the Jam Play Along Series Volume I (DIGITAL PRODUCT)


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Almost 10 years ago, I created Join the Jam. My idea was to make a simple guide to the most common mountain dulcimer jam tunes. In the introduction, I wrote, "If you're excited about playing the dulcimer with others, I hope this book proves to be a useful companion. Don't follow it too closely, you'll miss the point. It's only a map and an incomplete one at that. Keep your eyes and ears on the better players. Don't be too quick to give up. Stay in the circle. Stay in-tune. Don't go to bed before 1:00 A.M."

This play along series picks up where the book leaves off. It's really about getting better at the process of jamming which isn't just about reciting the same page over and over. With these videos, I want you to feel like the two of us are jamming at different speeds, playing tunes a little different each time through. (This isn't about learning fancy licks and variations, it's about learning to jam.)

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  • 16 tunes.
  • Player perspective, 720p HD video, mp4/H.264.
  • Over 2 1/2 hours of jamming.
  • Once really slow.
  • Medium, & fast with many repeats.
  • Multiple tablatures for each tune. (3 basic ways I think of the tunes.)
  • I play melody & backup with you.
  • Includes over an hour of how-to.
  • Available only as a download.

The 16 tunes are roughly arranged in order of difficulty. Beginners will appreciate the slow and medium speeds and multiple tablatures for each tune. More experienced players will enjoy getting their speed up while at the same time seeing all the ways I work through the same tune when playing with others. I don't hesitate to narrate what I'm up to when necessary, often recommending you stick with the melody while I try backup chords, harmonies, or fancier versions of the melody.  

Bile Them Cabbage Down
Go Tell Aunt Rhodie
Old Joe Clark
Sweet Hour of Prayer
Shortning Bread
Liza Jane
Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
Wildwood Flower
Grey Cat on a Tennessee Farm
Solder's Joy
Reuben's Train
Oh, Susannah
Amazing Grace
Black Mountain Rag
Mississippi Sawyer
Whiskey Before Breakfast

If you've been following my videos and classes on how to learn by watching/reading hands, you'll be right at home. I include a link to a free video player for your computer that lets you adjust the video playback speed without altering the pitch. Make things as slow or fast as you like.

This is A LOT of content. I've never sold anything quite like it. It's all broken up into 8 files you download to your computer. Each is between 560 and 880 Megabytes. High-speed internet users should be able to download each of the 8 files in 2 to 20 minutes. (For folks with slow DSL, each of the 8 files should download in 30 to 90 minutes depending on how slow your internet is. I didn't scrimp on quality and I believe it's worth the wait.) (Also, if your computer is too old to play these files they may stutter or not play at all. Let me know if this happens. I have a few solutions including some smaller, lower-quality videos that will work on your system. The great majority of computers made in the last 6 years and even older should have no problem playing this stuff.)

The download page includes instructions and links to free articles and software to make sure you're able to enjoy the content without running into trouble. Once you have these files, you're welcome to put them on all your devices including smart phones, iPads, etc. The videos are mp4/H.264, the most popular video format for computers and portable devices. 

Comments from customers regarding Volume 1 of the series:

"Don't change a thing. I have worked through about half of Vol. 1 and am confident and eager to learn more. Your methods are great and easy to follow."

"It was more than I expected. I will definitely purchase the next chapter of the series."

"I am so excited. The join the jam series is amazing. It has been really helpful to quickly figure out the most efficient way of fingering."

"I can't wait for the next volume!"