Blues Jam 2.0

Come to this FREE jam session to practice and learn the 12-Bar Blues, one of the easiest song-writing foundations to have in your bag of tricks. It's 2014 so we'll be stepping it up a notch. First thing, we have a new location at Guitar Center Sessions. Bring your guitar, bass, drum sticks, your voice, and that's it. The facility will provide everything else. Second, musicians will be rotating in and out to accommodate more people and different jam combinations. Third, a "Fan Favorite" prize at the end of the jam will be awarded to the person voted on as everyone's favorite musician. Fourth, these jams will be recorded live and copies of each jam will be available for download to all. If you missed the last sessions, check out the files to see the great jams that generated out of this event.

To prepare for this fun event, get familiar with the I-IV-V 12-bar blues. Examples include: Sweet Home Chicago Johnny B Goode Crossroads Hound Dog Jailhouse Rock Jump, Jive, and Wail Layla Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For (U2) and many more.

An example, the 12-Bar Blues in the Key of A is as follows: A A A A D D A A E D A A(E) If you don't know what this means, you will after the session and will be wanting to try it on some of your own future hit songs.

All levels of musicians welcome. If you have any questions or ideas, feel free to send me an email. Look forward to jamming with you all.

We will pick a couple of keys at the session to work on.

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  • Chen Sun, W.

    Question-- how many people would go to an outdoors practice session at, say, a park. I can probably supply the electricity and PA. I feel more inspired outdoors, and suspect outdoors would be better for writing songs and practicing covers.

    2 · June 22

    • Thanos

      I would be up for this.

      June 22

  • Thanos

    awesome session all! nice to have met you all and let's get together again soon!

    1 · June 22

  • Joe M.

    Great jam, great people!

    1 · June 21

  • Joey

    Had a great time -- great folks to jam with!

    1 · June 21

  • Eric

    Great time.

    2 · June 21

  • Chen Sun, W.

    Jaime did a great job, as usual!

    2 · June 21

  • RB J.

    Enjoyed jamming with everyone. lots of fun and great vibes.

    3 · June 21

  • Juan G.

    Had a great time. Nice to meet everyone.

    2 · June 21

  • elvis m.

    I had a blast! Really good group!

    2 · June 21

  • Ferran P.

    Wonderful people

    2 · June 21

  • Ferran P.

    Wonderful people

    1 · June 21

  • Jaime C.

    For those who get there before me, the room is under my name.

    June 21

  • Joe M.

    I'm coming, I'm bringing my keyboard, leave me some space if you get there before me. :~) Other keyboard players are welcome to sit in on my gear if they wish.

    June 19

  • Chen Sun, W.

    Please help me decide...
    I have an opportunity to get a battery powered 300 Watt PA system. So, I'm thinking, using it as a street muscian or for Meetup outdoor gatherings. But, I don't want it to gather dust!

    What do you think of a battery powered PA system? Is there some way of making money from a battery powered PA? Notice battery power is the key-- doesn't require electrical plug. Most places, except parks and sidewalks, will have electricity.

    On a side note, I'm thinking, if someone will join me, we can quickly set it up at a busy mall somewhere, and play, ask for tips, and then get kicked out. Easy to move PA, so wouldn't be too much trouble if had to exit quickly.

    Galveston sea wall--wouldn't work--not enough tip-carriers. Kemah--requires their permission. Malls--require permission. Parks--likely no tippers around. Festivals--may have to pay first. Anyone want to become a street musican with me? :)

    What can I do with a battery powered PA?

    June 18

    • Chen Sun, W.

      Even for Meetups, I'm puzzled at how effective a battery powered PA would be. Would anyone join me at a park, if I announced such a Meetup event?

      June 18

    • Chen Sun, W.

      On the positive side, we'd have more practices. But the tradeoff is--why not just purchase a regular, better sounding PA and ask other musicians to squeeze into my apartment? If I added an extra battery with this PA, this could power additionally a keyboard and electronic drums--essentially, an entire band.

      June 18

  • fred

    You re open to hamonica?

    June 9

    • marie

      I will bring my harps, but I seriously do want to hear you play!

      June 16

    • Chen Sun, W.

      You don't want to hear me play (believe me!).

      June 18

  • Nikia O.

    Hi,
    if I attend, I will only be bringing my voice.. no instruments. Is there any way I should prepare?

    June 18

    • Jaime C.

      This is an improv jam. You can bring lyrics of any kind if you want.

      June 18

    • Nikia O.

      Great, thanks!

      June 18

  • Ann

    Is this an event where we can try out a new tune, i.e. I provide the basic chord progression and we all kind of just, umm, wing it? :D

    June 16

    • Jaime C.

      Pretty much. In order to accommodate all levels of skill, I ask that we first stick with a 12-bar blues pattern as mention. Once people start getting comfortable, we will start adding variations.

      June 16

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