Blues Jam How-To

– BUY SOMETHING!!! If you don’t spend money at a jam, pretty soon the jam goes away. Buy a drink, or buy your friend a drink, or buy some food- buy something!

-Bring your own gear: guitar, sticks, etc. PA, drums, amps usually provided

-Don’t walk in near the end & expect to play. Support the other musicians- come early & stay later than you play.

-Tune up before you get up

-Be open to playing with anyone / everyone, learn and teach

-Be ready to step down after a few songs unless asked to stay longer

-Sign up to play- look for a clipboard near the bandstand

-Don’t step on other people’s toes when they are soloing

-Check your ego at the door- this is about the ensemble sounding good, not just you

-Learn a few of the standard blues tunes. Know what I-IV-V means and how to play it

-Don’t play if you are drunk- you might think you sound great, but chances are you don’t

-Use your manners- wait until you are called up by the host- don’t just jump in- wait your turn

-If you are leading the song, know your chords & the words

-If you are leading, stick with simple I-IV-V progressions unless you know the others can handle more complicated stuff

-Don’t forget to have fun!!!!!! That’s why we are here………

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