The Ukulele and Bluegrass

The Ukulele and Bluegrass

Mike from South Australia writes: Dear Ozzie: I love to be surrounded by all sorts of musos that enjoy being in a bluegrass jam. A number of times there are mando, guitar, fiddle and banjo players in the jam circle that are also accompanied by gleeful ukulele players....
Exclusive Jamming – Is It Rude

Exclusive Jamming – Is It Rude

Question: How can a bunch of pickers enjoy a bluegrass jam without standing with your backs to your friends who don’t play? They say we’re being rude. Ozzie: Well, you are being rude, but that’s not the point. When a bunch of pickers wants to hear what the others are...
Exclusive Jamming – Is It Rude

Incurable Bluegrass Maladies

Hey Ozzie, Can you tell me about the three medical bluegrass maladies that Australian doctors cannot cure? (GAS, MAS and BAS)? Ozzie: The ‘AS’ stands for Acquisition Syndrome, and the G is Guitar, the M is mandolin, and the B is, of course, the Banjo. It is described...
Exclusive Jamming – Is It Rude

My Girlfriend Dislikes Bluegrass

Hey Ozzie – My girlfriend dislikes bluegrass. What should I do? Ozzie: Wow! First damn question and this one lobs. But it does go to the heart of things, and could be fundamental to your passion for the music. If she really doesn’t like it, then you probably...