What is a Jam Session?

Readers of this site will see that we have written a few blogs that cover jam sessions and famous musicians. We thought it might make a bit of sense to go into detail about what a jam session actually is. Hopefully, this will be useful to the first-time visitors as well, who can then understand more about the topics covered here. Jam Session Definition So, if we scour the internet, we can gather a vast amount of information that relates to jam sessions. Here is our definition: A jam session is a reasonably informal musical event where the musicians perform without any form of rehearsal Jam sessions can often take...

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Great Guitarists

Everybody remembers certain songs for whatever reason, and catchy riffs and guitar solos make some songs stand out from the crowd. More often than not this is when the guitar lays down a solo that is memorable and it sticks inside your head. There have been some masters of the guitar, past and present, but who are the best of them? Here are some suggestions to debate the subject. Jimi Hendrix The maverick Jimi Hendrix was without doubt one of the most gifted guitarists that has ever walked on the planet. Love his music or hate it, you cannot doubt the raw and improvised talent that he had. Known mostly...

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Famous Musicians and Their Jam Sessions – Part 2

Starting part two of our famous musicians and their jam sessions with a drum roll we feature even more classic jam bands and the legendary songs and concerts they performed. Ending our first foray into this theme with Cream, in this blog we venture on tour with The Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers and Phish. The Grateful Dead The original and the best ever Jam Band were without doubt the Grateful Dead. In their day Jerry Garcia was leading the band into a new form of playing live, whilst most rock groups played exactly the same thirty-minute set live, the Dead were rocking audiences with a two-hour set.Their concert tours changed...

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Famous Musicians and Their Jam Sessions – Part 1

Some musicians and bands are world famous for their jam sessions whilst performing live on stage. Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix was famous for impromptu guitar solos going off the scale, and more recently the Red-Hot Chili Peppers are renowned for breaking into a spontaneous jam session. In the past other great musical luminaries, such as the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin were well known for performing thirty-minute versions of their classic songs. In this blog we look at some old and new bands that are famous for their live performance and in particular their jam sessions on stage. Pink Floyd It is rather difficult to classify Pink Floyd,...

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What Are the Best Instruments for a Jam Session

If you are a musician, then one of the most enjoyable ways of playing and having musical fun is by having a jam session. This is normally an occasion where musicians from other bands or solo musicians take the opportunity to get together and have fun. So, what are the best instruments are the best to have fun with in a jam session? The simple answer is any and every instrument. But there are definitely some instruments that make it easier for a group to play together and sound well. Even some of the best musicians find it hard to jam well together, perhaps their instrument does not really fit...

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How to Play Music Without Rehearsing

Good musicians not only can read music, but they also can play by ear, which means if they hear a tune they can more or less copy it note for note. This does not mean like-minded musicians in a room can all play as one, together in harmony. Playing instruments freely in a group together is called jam session and it is a regular impromptu affair that bands and musicians do. But how do you get together and play without rehearsing first? Many musicians find it hard to rehearse as they have full time jobs, so in this blog we lay down some tips to make your rehearsal really worthwhile....

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What is the Best Way to Have a Jam Session

As a musician there is hardly a better way to enjoy your music than having an impromptu jam session, according to the definition by Wikipedia a jam session is “an informal musical event, process, or activity where musicians, typically instrumentalists, play improvised solos and vamp on tunes, songs and chord progressions.” Some jam sessions happen just by chance and are a reaction of two or more musicians playing together without a designated score to follow, or they elaborate on an existing piece of music by going out left-field. However, there is no reason why a group of musicians cannot have a pre-arranged jam session just to have fun with their...

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