Another Tip for First Time Open Mic Performers

By Mark Sandman Busking, or street performing, is a centuries-old tradition of entertainers performing for tips in public areas.  A friend of mine, was one of the first street singers to perform on the streets of Boston and Cambridge way back in the 70’s.  He shared with me that when he first started performing, it…

Helpful Online Gizmos for Guitar Players

By Mark Sandman This month I thought I would share with you three online websites that Jam’n Java Open Mic guitar players might find both fun and useful.  What are your favorite online guitar gizmos or resources.  Share them with us! Find That Chord or Scale  The first, GuitarCodex helps you to find chords and…

How do you deal with writers block?

By Mark Sandman There are almost as many approaches to songwriting as there are songwriters.  Some of us begin with lyrics, while others begin with a melody or chord progression.  Some consider songwriting a very personal form of expression while others enjoy the creative inspiration that comes from teaming up with others. Some of us…

Tips For New Open Mic Performers

By Ellen Schmidt It’s hard to think of anyone who has done more to nurture the greater Boston open mic community and folk music scene than Ellen Schmidt.  In addition to being a gifted songwriter and performer, she has been hosting open mics in the greater Boston area for over 20 years.  So, I couldn’t…

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