As a public service, below are the “unofficial” rules of a bluegrass jam.
By Larry Carlin
II. Thou Shalt Keep Steady Rhythm.
~ Count beats if necessary.
III. Thou Shalt Take Turns Choosing Songs.
~Announce the key. Vocalists always choose their key.
~ Choose a song you can complete.
IV. Thou Shalt Not Speed.
~ Start songs at a reasonable tempo. Speed up according to abilities.
V. Thou Shalt Signal Who Has The Solo.
~ Follow a pattern when taking solo leads.
VI. Thou Shalt Listen To Others.
If you can’t hear the lead, consider yourself too loud.
VII. Thou Shalt Welcome Others.
~ Include everyone in your jam. Help everyone sound as good as they can.
VIII. Thou Shalt Not Steal Other Musicians From An Active Jam.
~With time, players move around anyway.
IX. Thou Shalt Try New Material.
~ Original & different tunes are OK occasionally.
X. Thou Shalt Be Considerate Of Pickers (and Others).
~ Explain when you’re rehearsing, not jamming. Help beginners.