Webmaster:   Peter Hoekje    Editor@earlyjas.org

Do you enjoy Traditional or New Orleans style Jazz?
         Some of the benefits of EARLYJAS:
         + Contact with other jazz enthusiasts
         + Jam sessions for fun and practice
         + Promote the history and culture of
             Traditional Jazz and Ragtime
Earlville Association for Ragtime Lovers Yearning for
Jazz Advancement and Socialization
If the information here does not answer your question, please send a message to editor@earlyjas.org
Links to the Virtual Jam pages:

Q: How do I keep this page or the music open so I can see it while I am on the Jam or the Upload page?
A: Right-click the link to this page or the music page and from the menu, choose the option that says something like, "Open Link in New Window"

Q: I don't know the tunes; where can I find the music?
A: Look for links to "C part" and "Bb part" following each tune. EARLYJAS club has an official jam book; write to Editor@earlyjas.org for more info.
There are many other fakebooks out there of varying availability, but The Real Dixieland Book by Hal Leonard is available at many retail outlets.
The New Orleans Jam Book is a comprehensive compendium of tunes made available for free download by Lasse Collin and Mathis Gustavson at http://cjam.lassecollin.se/

Q: What do I need to hear these audio clips?
A: You need a browser that supports HTML5 audio such as Firefox or Chrome, and a computer with sound output and headphones or speakers. Unfortunately, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Edge do not support fully the audio features of HTML5. If you have that experience, let us know, and meanwhile, try a different browser.
You should see an audio player element for each tune, with a play button and a progress bar. Click the play button > and play along!

Q: What do I need to record my own part?
A: If you are able to play these clips, then you probably already have what you need.
  1. A microphone is probably already built into your laptop, tablet, or smartphone. If you have a desktop computer you might need a separate microphone; a USB microphone costing $20 or so would be a good choice.
  2. You should be able to record your part right on our webpage; then you will need to download the clip to your computer and then upload it to us. Optionally, you could use a sound recording app to record your sound file directly onto your computer. One is probably already included on your computer, tablet or smartphone. There are so many of these available that we can't give specific instructions. Search your computer for "recorder" or "voice recorder". If you can't find one already installed, then go to your favorite online app store (Google Play or iTunes) and look for a simple, free version.
Q: How do I record my part using your webpage?
A: To record your part from the Virtual Jam web page,
  1. Click the big blue button ALLOW MICROPHONE; the browser will open a pop-window asking you to give permission to use your microphone. If you have multiple microphones or other inputs, you can select one here.
  2. Click the big blue RECORD button to begin recording.
  3. Click the > Play button on your selected tune.
  4. Count out loud along with the count in, then play along with the tune!
  5. Click the big blue STOP button when you are done playing.
  6. A new audio player should appear below the buttons; play your clip to be sure that it recorded correctly.
  7. To download the clip for yourself, right-click on the file name that appears below the audio player, which will be something like "2020-08-11T20 47 18.602Z.wav". Save it in a location on your computer where you can find it again.
  8. Go to the Upload page, where you can select this file and submit it for uploading to us. You might want to open the Upload page in a separate tab or window
Q: How do I record my part using my computer's recorder app?
A: Open your recorder app and click the "Record" button, which might be a solid red circle. Make a test recording first, so that you can check recording levels and practice using the controls.
After you stop recording, there should be a sound file on your computer that you will need to find. It probably will be in either WAV or MP3 format. Write down the path to this file folder, because you will need it later to send the file.
Use headphones so that we will not be able to hear the original track on your recording. When you are ready, start the recording first, then start the audio clip. When you hear the count off in your headphone, count along with it so we know where you are. Now play along with us! Don't forget to stop the recording when the song is over.

Q: How do I send you the file?
A: It would be a good idea for you to listen to your file before you send it, to make sure you have right one. Then,
  1. If you have recorded the sound in the browser using the big blue Record and Stop buttons, an audio player was created below those buttons for each clip. Below the audio player is a link with a name something like "2020-08-11T20 47 18.602Z.wav". Right-click on this link to download the file to your computer. However, if you recorded your part on your own recorder app and have saved it, the file should already be on your computer.
  2. Click the link on the Virtual Jam page labelled UPLOAD YOUR PART HERE. You might wish to right-click it and open it in a new tab or new window.
  3. Click the BROWSE button, then find and select your sound file on your computer.
  4. Enter your name and email address in the boxes so we can contact you if we have any questions. Use the Comments box for any additional information, such as the name of the tune you are playing.
  5. Press SUBMIT. A large file or a slow internet connection may take some minutes to upload, and there is no progress bar to confirm the process, so be patient. An acknowledgment should appear when the file has been uploaded, or if there has been an error.
Q: The tune stopped playing suddenly while I was recording. What happened and how do I prevent from happening?
A: If the audio player stops in the middle of clip, it probably means that the sound clip was not fully loaded yet. If you have a slow internet connection, you may need to wait a little longer. We recommend that you play the entire clip once first before you start recording, to be sure that it has loaded and this doesn't happen. If you continue to have troubles, please let us know.

Q: How do I turn down the rhythm section or the soloist? A: The soloist is mostly in the LEFT channel, the rhythm section is mostly in the RIGHT. If you want to avoid getting distracted by one of the parts, then listen only to the other headphone.

Q: Wouldn't it be easier to upload the clips directly to your server, instead of downloading them first? A: It would be, except that we tried it and it didn't work so well. In the end, this is the best user experience we can offer. (However, if you are an HTML programmer, you are welcome to help us out...)

Q: What information do you collect, and what do you do with it?
A: We collect your email address, so that we can contact you if we have any questions. If you use a fake email address, we will not be able to use your recording.
We collect your name so that we can acknowledge your participation on the web page. If you would prefer us to use a different name to acknowledge you, please give that information in the Comments.
We are also happy to collect any other comments you have.
We also collect time and connection information to assist in debugging transmission errors. We do not use cookies or collect any other kinds of tracking information.
None of this information will be copied or distributed to any other party and will not be used for any other purpose.