|You've been looking forward to do some picking for a whole week and tonight is the night. Usually it's a lot of fun, sometimes not. Here's how you can make sure each time is a great time:|
Food for thought: "a person with whom one shares close ties of liking," or: "a person who is often in the company of another," or: "a person whom one knows casually." Guess what, these are the dictionary definitions of the word friend - treat your fellow jammers accordingly and enjoy!
The Ten Jammandments
I. THOU SHALT TUNE THY INSTRUMENT.
Electronic tuners make this easy.
II. THOU SHALT KEEP STEADY RHYTHM.
Count beats if necessary.
III. THOU SHALT TAKE TURNS CHOOSING SONGS.
Announce the key. Vocalists always choose their key.
IV. THOU SHALT NOT SPEED.
Start songs at a reasonable tempo.
Speed up according to abilities.
V. THOU SHALT SIGNAL WHO HAS THE SOLO.
Follow a pattern when taking solo leads.
VI. THOU SHALT LISTEN TO OTHERS.
If you can't hear the lead, consider yourself too loud.
VII. THOU SHALT WELCOME OTHERS.
Include everyone in your jam.
Help everyone sound as good as they can.
VIII. THOU SHALT NOT STEAL OTHER MUSICIANS
FROM AN ACTIVE JAM.
With time, players move around anyway.
IX. THOU SHALT TRY NEW MATERIAL.
Original & different tunes are OK occasionally.
X. THOU SHALT BE CONSIDERATE OF PICKERS.
Explain when you're rehearsing, not jamming.