- Songs to sing, whether memorized or in songbooks or any printed version. An iPad on a stand is a useful jam tool if you can get online to a lyrics website. A variety of good songs is the heart and soul of a good jam!
- A clip-on electronic tuner – a “must”, $20 or less at music stores or online. Get comfortable using it. We recommend the D’Addario tuner, small enough to be left on your instrument full-time. Keep spare batteries. Tune early, tune often!
- A recording device (can be your smart phone). Besides recording some of the teaching, it’s often useful to record songs as you jam – especially new ones you want to learn. You can play along with your recording later, with earphones or other amplification.
- Banjo and dobro players must bring and have practiced playing with a thumb pick and two finger picks. Wearing the picks is necessary to be heard at proper volume.
- Guitar and mandolin players must use a pick… a flat pick (standard), or a thumb pick.
- A strap for your instrument (fiddles and basses excepted) allows you to play while standing. There will be times you’ll want to do that.
- Banjo, guitar, and dobro players will need a capo for ease of changing keys.
- A music stand for song lyrics or your recorder might come in handy. Not every person needs a stand as there are probably enough to share.
- See this information about what will be provided to you.
What not to bring (as they won’t be used):
- Instrumental technique books