Saturday, 4 June 2016

Getting Ready for a Jam Session

Online programs like this one provide a great opportunity to learn how to play an instrument without leaving your bedroom, but for a complete musical experience there's just no substitute for playing with real, live musicians in front of an audience. If you don't have a band to play with, the best opportunity to experience live performance is at a jam session.

Jams are usually hosted by bars or restaurants during otherwise quiet times like Sunday afternoons or Monday nights (Google "jam sessions" and your location to see what's around). The common musical denominator is blues, so the rhythm styles and soloing techniques you learn here in the Blues Guitar program will give you a strong foothold. If you haven't participated in a jam before, here are a few tips on what to expect and how to prepare:

Scope it Out

The more familiar your surroundings are, the more comfortable you'll be when it's time to get up and play. If it's a regularly scheduled jam, go and hang out to see what it's like before you plan to participate. Take note of things like how the signup process works, what equipment is provided, whether there is a house rhythm section, how songs are picked and what the typical choices are. 

Get Ready

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