How To Communicate With Other Musicians At Blues Guitar Jam Sessions

By September 18, 2017 No Comments

By Antony Reynaert

Maybe you have already noticed that when participants talk to each other during a jam session that they are talking about something theoretical in music. On the one hand it’s essential to play what you feel and not think about the theoretical aspects of music when you are soloing (simply because you practiced playing through your heart instead of playing with your brains). On the other hand you should have some theoretical knowledge when it comes to music, otherwise communication with the people who you are making music with would be completely impossible. For example, you might have come across things like ‘now go to the 5 chord’ or let’s play ‘in the key of C’ or ‘let’s do a blues in the key of D’ or ‘play a shuffle blues in B flat’. This is stuff you should have learnt and know what they refer to in order to know what to play.

I cannot give you all the details about music theory, because it would take up a lot of time to explain all of it. It’s not possible to include every signal that is used during jam sessions in this text. Nevertheless, I have made a manual for you where you can find what you need to know about blues jam session interaction. You can learn all about it right here in this Blues jam manual.

How Mentored Training Routines Can Help You Become A Better Performer

If you want to become sure about your guitar playing and have the positive spirit to play at a blues jam, you should practice some things and what better to practice than using some great practice routines. The best blues instructors direct their disciples in the direction of self-assurance. With the right method you can reach it quickly, so you do not waste your time. If you train yourself with the correct system, you will be playing confidently in no time. E.g. you can train to be able to play an entire blues solo throughout or play a certain rhythm section or blues tune completely.

Before playing at a jam with many others, you just build up your audience gradually. So you start playing what you have learnt for only 1 person at first. It’s good for motivation, because you gain some experience and self-assurance gradually. It’s not the scariest thing to play in front of one individual, but if that is holding you back, you should try playing when that one person is present in the room you are in and whose ears are not completely focused on your playing.

What we understand with mentored training routines is that there continues to be a person to help you reaching your goals. Instructors can help you to a certain degree. Of course you have to do some of it on your own, but an instructor can offer you appropriate education to help you on your way.

If you want to evolve in your level of self-assurance, you need to train yourself and give yourself enough excitement by learning new things. You need to integrate these new techniques into exercises where you practice them in a musical way of course. If you get to know an exercise, you can try to create a jam session type situation (even though you are on your own) and practice it in this way.

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