Lenord and Cathryn Aune know how to slow it down.
The 108 Mile Ranch couple is hosting a series of free “slow jams” for beginners to learn bluegrass music at their home on Kallum Drive.
“Ours is a basic slow jam,” Lenord explains.
“If you’re just learning an instrument – preferably a string guitar, violin, mandolin, banjo, stand-up bass, like blue grass instruments – we facilitate it by playing some songs quite slowly so everyone has a chance to learn. We might play a couple faster, but it’s a learning jam.”
Interested folks can reach Aune at 250-791-5214, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
He says they’ll sometimes have 12 to 15 people attend the twice-monthly jam sessions with a variety of instruments.
“A lot of people play in their basement and that’s OK, but usually you develop poor timing. This is a good way to get out and actually play with other people. We’ve had house concerts and had 30 people here. There are a lot of people interested in [bluegrass music].”
The next slow jam is set for Sept. 24 at 7 p.m.
“We do a little bit of teaching while we’re there. It’s a learning atmosphere.”