Guitars, Banjos, Fiddles, Mandolins, Dobros and Basses!

Join us for some fun music at a manageable pace at the Early Bird Bluegrass Slow Jam. (And now at 10:30 for the Intermediate Bluegrass Jam)

We meet up the second or third Saturday of every month (please check the Picking Circles newsletter for confirmation) at 9:00am at the Albuquerque Mennonite Church on Girard Blvd. NE.

Tips for Jammers

There are lot of etiquette rules that can help a jam work better. Here are three tips to get you started.


A jam is a great place to develop ear training. Listen for the chord changes. There is a lot of information happening at the same time. Learn to focus your listening on the bass player and your jam will have better timing.



If you are not sure of the key, or didn't hear the song announced, ask your jam neighbor. Ask the person leading the jam. Don't be shy. A good jam will take the time to make sure everyone knows the name of the song and the key.


Don't Panic

Got lost? Don't panic. Listen for the chord change back to the One chord. Or watch the guitar players fingers. Or ask your jam neighbor. Sometimes songs can get away from us a little bit and you just have to hang on until the end. Make notes of which songs gave you trouble and work on them at home. Everyone gets lost sometime. Maybe you'll be the person helping your neighbor.

Here are some songs we have played:

(If the song is in the Real Bluegrass Book, call it!)

  • Ain't Nobody gonna miss me when i'm gone
  • Amazing Grace
  • Angeline Baker
  • Banks of the Ohio
  • Beaumont Rag (Doc Watson)
  • Bill Cheatham
  • Boil them cabbage down
  • Bury me beneath the willow
  • Cripple Creek
  • Dark as a Dungeon
  • Faded love
  • Feast here tonight
  • Footprints in the snow
  • Freight train
  • Gold Rush
  • Grandfather’s Clock
  • Hand my down my walking cane
  • Honey babe blues
  • I am a Pilgrim
  • I saw the light
  • I'm thinking tonight of my blue eyes
  • I’ll Fly Away
  • John Hardy
  • Liberty
  • Little Maggie
  • Lonesome Road Blues
  • Love Please Come Home
  • My Home's across the blue ridge mountains
  • Nellie Cane
  • New River Train
  • Nine pound hammer
  • Old joe clark
  • Philadelphia lawyer
  • Prisoner song
  • Ragtime Annie
  • Red Haired Boy
  • Redwing
  • Rolling in my sweet baby's arms
  • Salt Creek
  • Shady grove
  • Sitting on top of the world
  • The Girl I left Behind
  • The Old Spinning wheel
  • Two dollar bill
  • Unclouded Day
  • Whiskey before breakfast
  • Wildwood Flower
  • Will the Circle be unbroken
  • Worried Man Blues
  • You are my Sunshine