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Old 04-14-2016, 08:51 PM   #11
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Bob, no way I can list all the songs I have in my own songbook, but here are a few favourites. If you want copies of anything, PM me an email address.

Alone - Heart
Bears - Lyle Lovett
Cat's In The Cradle - Harry Chapin
Cover Of The Rolling Stone - Dr Hook
Desperado - Eagles
Don't Bury Me - John Prine
Down By The River - Neil Young
Drops Of Jupiter - Train
Father and Son - Cat Stevens
Five Days In May - Blue Rodeo
House Of The Rising Sun - Animals (the drunken version)
Hello In There - John Prine
Joey - Concrete Blonde
Kryptonite - 3 Doors Down
Let Her Cry - Hootie and the Blowfish
Lightning Crashes - Live
Miles From Nowhere - Cat Stevens
Mr Bojangles - Jerry Jeff Walker
Needle And The Damage Done - Neil Young
Put Your Lights On - Everclear
Runaway - Del Shannon
Sandman - America
Superman Song - Crash Test Dummies
The Boxer - Paul Simon
Times Like These - The Foo Fighters
Walin' After Midnight - Patsy Cline
What's Up - 4 non blondes
Wheat Kings - Tragically Hip
While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Beatles
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd


Oh man, it was soooo hard to just select a few. There are so many others that everyone knows and likes we throw in to so everyone can sing along, as I can use some drowning out.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:00 PM   #12
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How 'bout these Song sources:
-The first 10 or 20 verses of Bob Dylan songs
-The collection of American Folk Music by
John and Alan Lomax and Beth Hawes (Lomax)
(I got to take Beth Hawes music class at CalState Northridge
back in the day - woohoo!)
-Any good classic rock or folk rock from the 60's:
-Eagles
-Jackson Browne
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:09 PM   #13
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My Go To Book -- the only one I take with me -- is Rise Up Singing -- I think it was Pete Seeger's brainchild although others put it together. It's got literally hundreds of songs -- many with simple chords (which I appreciate) -- I got the "large print" version, which isn't really that large -- my kids like using it too.
I just ordered this book to check it out. Sounds like there are lots of folks who enjoy it. Should have it in a day or two, and look forward to checking it out. Oh, and on the suggestion of a few reviewers, I got the spiral bound version.
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I just ordered this book to check it out. Sounds like there are lots of folks who enjoy it. Should have it in a day or two, and look forward to checking it out. Oh, and on the suggestion of a few reviewers, I got the spiral bound version.
1200 songs! Sounds like it could be the unofficial Official songbook for NOG's (not-organized gatherings).

And I definitely agree, spiral-bound is the way to go. Bring
some clothespins or the big-big black paper clips to
defeat the wind.
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Old 04-14-2016, 10:52 PM   #15
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Bob: Based on my jamming and limited performing experience, I think your inquiry has a fairly complex answer. If you're learning songs for your own pleasure, then pick songs you like and can handle. If you're going to perform, add to that the need to know them well and choose what will hopefully please your audience. If your intent is to jam with a group, then it becomes important to pick tunes that are relatively easy for others to participate in - instrumentally and vocally (e.g. if I'm in a bluegrass jam, I best stick with bluegrass or something close). 'Around a campfire' probably suggests traditional stuff that others are likely to know. Before I get "logged off" - happy picking, Glenn. (Oh, there are many sources out there in different genres.)
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Recently I discovered an app called "guitar tuna" and I LOVE it. I actually look forward to tuning my guitar. VERY handy.
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In tune, I hope.
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Does anyone know Stairway to Escape or Sweet Home Escape?
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If your intent is to jam with a group, then it becomes important to pick tunes that are relatively easy for others to participate in - instrumentally and vocally. 'Around a campfire' probably suggests traditional stuff that others are likely to know.

This one... That's why I was wondering what others play. Guess it's not as straight forward a question as I thought.
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