After my first experience with other GJ players, I wanted to let you all know what I thought, and would like to hear your thoughts as well, along with any advice or commentary that would make my next years stay even more pleasurable (if that's even possible!)
1. My fingertips are pretty tender. I expected that. My workweek leading up to DFNW didn't allow much time to toughen them up.
2. The overall camraderie between the players in the Djams I was involved in. Met alot of very cool folks. Can't say I saw any real jerks.
3. I need to learn the chords for the standard songs everyone was playing. I need to play chords period.
4. Man cannot live on grilled bratwurst, potato chips, beer, and coffee for more than 2 days. If I do that again, I'll make sure I have a NASA diaper on for the drive home.
5. My clinic with Sebastian Giniaux was disappointing. Didn't get alot out of it. But the dude can play.
6. My clinic with Gonzalo Bergara was alot better, and I ended up with the hand-written sheets he created during the clinic. Some stuff I already knew, the other stuff will help my improv tremendously.
7. I need to practice more. And better.
8. Most of the people I talked to have been playing in this style considerably longer than I have, so I have some fresh hope of getting better at it with time and practice.
9. I'll be back next year, Lord willing. Hopefully with some more to bring to the Djammin' table.
Just your average Djoe.