Here is a complete history of Pickers Circles in 2021.
29 Dec — Open Circle
22 Dec — Songs for Christmas
Here is one reason we don’t get too many folks doing Christmas songs. Thanks Nigel.
8 Dec — Canadian Song Writers
The politics start with the Ballad of Edward Snowden at . https://youtu.be/oprNgEwlNxU?t=4071
24 Nov — Train Songs
11 Nov — Songs of Remembrance — Hosted by Graham Baldwin
27 Oct — “The long journey.“
13 Oct — I learned this at… Each picker tells a short story about how he came to learn this tune.
29 Sep Open Circle. Sing what you like, make a request, ask questions. Join the conversation about what is important to your musical progress.
22 Sep Tricks of the Trade . . some ideas from John Lyon. “Each of us has learned a trick or two that makes our playing sound better and more interesting. What were some of the most important breakthroughs we have learned that have taken our playing up to the next level?”, says John./
More Tricks from my presentation are use a metronome, a tuner and make a plan.
Gary Poole talked about creating a bridge for a song with a change to the relative minor. We are all interested in how to use scales to accompany a song. Alan mentioned that he has learned to start a major scale anywhere on the B string. This is useful because melody notes are most often found on the higher strings. This is something I need to practice as I have been using the four lower strings because the shape changes on the B string.
Alan also mentioned that the root of the relative minor can be found three frets lower for any major key. This is because one fret down finds you the 7th and two more frets the 6th. The Aeolian, minor, mode is the 6th mode of the major scale.
I could have said that the next higher or lower octave can always be played just starting where we left off going up or down. Maybe next time.
8 Sep That reminds me . . . a suggestion from Graham Baldwin. We start with a song. Each picker relates his choice to what has come before via a similar genre, a similar technique or just a story. This was a good exercise in creative thinking as well as fun to watch.
25 Aug Open Circle – Anything goes
11 Aug – Jazz it up
I’ll just say that jazz beginners are often pretty good blues players and we have a few of those at the circle but nobody needs to stay on this list. As usual, play what you like, just show up to play. Listeners and beginners welcome.
28 July – Train Songs . Sing or play one. Invite your friends and family. We answer questions and consider requests. If you are listening and have a question or a request – put it in the chat.
14 July Open Circle – Bring any music that you like. Bring your friends and family. We answer questions and consider requests. If you are listening and have a question or a request – put it in the chat. Video at
30 June Back to Basics – Simple songs for beginners with three chords. YouTube highlights at
23 June Live Long and Prosper – Sing the Old songs. Stretch your physical and mental capacity. Stay alive. Complete Youtube Video at
May 12 7:00 pm — Get on the Bus — We need volunteers to try Sonobus. This is a very well documented, easy to use program that will allow us to play in sync the way John and friends did at the last circle. New long format and Highlights.