Casual open jams at home

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Depth_Charge, May 19, 2007.

  1. I have a few musician friends who for whatever reason, aren't in bands. I would like to get some casual jams together where a few people can get up, jam a few, then get back onto the partying :)

    Whats a good way of putting together a list of songs people can play, without investing hours upon hours wading through and organising lists with hundreds of songs between them, or just telling people what I want played on the night?
  2. Pruitt


    Jun 30, 2005
    Danbury, CT
    I have two different friends who hold jam/parties about once a month or so on Saturday nights. They schedule them so they don't conflict with each other as many of teh same musicians go to both jams. In fact, I just went to one this past weekend and it was a blast. :)

    These aren't very formal though. No song lists or anything. We usually have a few guitarists, a few bassists, at least two drummers and a keyboardist or two. We just trade off playing and jam whatever anyone starts playing. It could be a cover, or just a chord progression someone likes. This makes for very unique jams everytime we all get together.

    I should mention pretty much everyone involved in these are very longtime players. Most are around my age (Mid-40's) and have been playing their instrument for 20-30 years now. Have been in and out of bands together and for many of us, knew each other before anyone had ever even picked up an instrument, so our dynamic is a bit different than yours probably is. ;)

    Most of us gigged for many years and just aren't as interested in putting in the time required for a steady gigging band, so we just play out once in a while and jam frequently at these jam/parties to get our live playing jones out of the way. lol... :bassist:

    Best of luck with your idea. Hope it works as well for you as it does for the guys I play with. :)
  3. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC
    Talk to some potential members and have them jot down a list of maybe 20 songs that they know and go from there.

    Maybe a couple of blues pieces to see if everyone gels together to get a general feel. Just a small suggestion.

    Hope it works out good for ya.
  4. The problem I find is that the musicians I want to jam with have hundreds of songs they know in their head and do not usually want to wade through pages of music, while I on the other hand, although playing for years, still rely on sheet music. The key would be to find musicians who are willing to go through the list, and the second part of that keyy would mean that you would have to compile a very large list of songs and charts!
    Good luck, I hope it all works out for you.


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