The Iron Picker award goes to those pickers and singers who can make it through all 12 hours of the Jam!
We wanted a way to acknowledge the folks who play the entire twelve hours, so we came up with the term Iron Picker.
The terms of becoming an Iron Picker are very well defined:
- You can’t just hang around and talk; you have to actually sing or play.
- We allow a fifteen-minute break every two hours, but that is not CUMULATIVE, i.e., you can’t play for six hours straight and then take a forty-five-minute break. If you chose to play through your break time, you have to wait two hours for your NEXT break to be called an Iron Picker.
It is not unusual to have ten or fifteen people start the day expecting to become Iron Pickers.
It is also not unusual to END the day with only three or four who make the grade.
Tips for Aspiring Iron Pickers:
- Run your chording hand under cold water during your break.
- Take some aspirin to reduce swelling around hour six to eight. Repeat every four hours for the rest of the night and take some more before you go to sleep.
- Bring some Bengay or Aspircreme (non-sceneted, please) to put on your hands/forearms.
- If you play multiple instruments, SWITCH out regularly. That will help reduce any carpel tunnel-type strain.
- Put down your axe and sing a few songs and rest your hands periodically.
And yes, if you’re a singer, if you stay in the circle and sing the whole twelve hours, you too can win the coveted title of IRON PICKER!!