Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Welcome to Three Songs After Dinner

Three Songs After Dinner is a blog about a family that enjoys playing music together.  Not long ago, our musical expertise included two boys, now 6 and 8, taking Suzuki violin lessons, and two parents who had been fairly average high school band members.  My oldest son has a passion for everything musical, especially fiddle tunes.  His fiddle teacher suggested that he teach us all to play instruments, so that we could accompany Gus.  We didn't have a good reason not to, so he loaned us a mandolin, we dug a guitar out of my in-laws attic, bought a small washboard at an antique shop, and embarked on a musical adventure.  

We've learned a lot along the way, had plenty of fun, as well as some frustration.  The blog is called Three Songs After Dinner because in our early days we tried to play 3 songs after dinner every night.  Since we knew 3 songs, it seemed a reasonable request, but we rarely made it through all 3 before someone got frustrated that the fiddle was too fast, the guitar too slow, the mandolin out of tune, or the washboard just too loud.  Fast forward a year or so and we can play and sing after dinner for as long as we want, and sometimes we do for quite a while.  We're not ready for gigs or anything, but we have a good time sharing music as a family, with friends, and at jams.

I started this blog as a way to record the adventures of our Family Band, share what we're learning, what's working, what's not, resources, songs, and stories.  I hope to find others who are playing music with their kids, their neighbors, their parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents.  I hope to help others who want to play music with their family but don't know how to start.

Recipe for a Family Band
  • Any number of family and friends

  • Any number of instruments (including but not limited to guitars, mandolins, fiddles, banjos, washboards, spoons, harmonicas, pianos)
  • Some resources

  • The desire to spend time together doing something fun and rewarding!
  • One or more 100 day practice challenges

Combine ingredients, practice frequently, have fun, and stick with it!


  1. Dear Shana ~ this is FANTASTIC! I am sure this blog is going to be enjoyed by many, and may I say that you have presented it as well as any season blogger. Think it is wonderful that one set of arts (music) has inspired others (writing, photography, and more!). I look forward to following this great family experiment and to see the how the blog evolves. Kudos to you and yours!

  2. * that would be "seasoned" blogger, but my excitement my thoughts were working faster than my typing fingers! : )


Tell me about your family band!