#1
ok well me and my friends are going to jam sometime soon, but i don't know anything at all about jams.

So i guess i'm asking - what actually happens in jams? How does the backing music work and how does somebody do lead over the backing? and what do i need to know if i want to jam successfully?

Oh and any general tips would be nice too
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Last edited by Craig01 at Sep 18, 2006,
#2
just play

determine if you are lead guitar or rhythem in the jam

and keep playing

its all about playing and not stopping until youve worked something out
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#4
ok so i just play... i don't have to know anything about keys etc?
How many guitar players does it take to change a light bulb?

Twelve. One to change the bulb and eleven to say they could do it better.
#5
It's good to bring ideas/riffs/melodies to the people so you have something to start with, work on and such.
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#7
Quote by Craig01
ok so i just play... i don't have to know anything about keys etc?


if you dont know how to improvise with scales in key then i would go do some reading before trying to jam, theres loads of stuff on UG about keys, go learn it.
#8
Knowing about the keys isn't essential, albeit helpful when there is other guitars and bass players involved. When I jam with just a drummer, a good excersise we find is to take turns, and have one person sets a groove, a solid rhythm and then stick to it, this allows the other player to experiments over the top, then switch round.

If i was in a larger band, start with the drummer, let him/her set the tempo, then add instruments one at a time, if everyone starts just playing there instruments, it could get very messy!
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#9
backing guitar: if you're playing something say what you're doing, in what key you are in and maybe what give the other hints for scales to play
lead guitar: take notice of what the rythm guy does, try not to just use the minor pentatonic and impress yer buddy. extra tip: if im finished with my soloing for a bit i play along with the rythm guitar so he know he can do a solo now.