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Jam Session #2

Come along to our second regular jam session open to all Jammers.

*PLEASE NOTE: To get a musically balanced session I am going to limit the places to the following...

- Drummer (1 min / 1 max)
- Bassist (1 min / 2 max)
- Vocalist (1 min / 4 max)
- Guitarist (1 min / 3 max)
- Keyboard Player (no min / 1 max) 

- Other instrumentalists (no min / 4 max)

So please pay attention as to what instruments people are already playing when you join the jam so save disappointment.

To get the balance right I will possibly need to *evict people from the jam session to free places up for the necessary members base on the criteria above.

If the jam is full please make use of the wait list as it is likely this will come into play if members are *evicted.

*Evictions from the jam RSVP list will take place on a last in, first out basis.

We'll split the cost of studio hire (£45) on the day of the session. Any equipment hire from the studio to be covered individually (E.g. guitar amps are £2 each to hire for the session, a keyboard is £15 to hire for the session). Everyone will also be required to £1 towards group admin costs.

Feel free to comment with some suggestions for warm-up songs that we can easily download the lyrics/TAB for.

Here's a suggested song list from the session attendees. I have started to populate it with Matty's suggestions. For those attending please fill out all of the spaces available. If you are nominating a song for another attendee to sing, please email them and ask them if they think they could have a go at it. I'll pop some suggestions up tomorrow night too. Try and have a listen and try and have a go at playing some/all of the songs in advance of the session.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Arr12Ejmg0zjdHdySV9lWWhhaFRzeDd5MzhMVVVaVFE&usp=drive_web#gid=0

Once we've warmed up we'll go for it and try and create some new music together. If you'd like to bring along you're own music that you would like us to play then bring print-outs of lyrics/chords/TABS etc. If you do, be prepared for Jammers to have fun and do their own thing with it. We don't really want any musical dictators turning up and bossing us around, we probably all get enough bossing around at work.

To help get the most out the jam session please read through the information on the following pages before the jam:

http://www.meetup.com/Central-London-Jam-Band-Sessions/pages/Gear_and_other_stuff/


http://www.meetup.com/Central-London-Jam-Band-Sessions/pages/Jam_Session_Do%27s_and_Dont%27s_%28Prepared_by_Alex%29


Please also check the session comments for further details about what's happening.

Looking forward to our jam session!

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  • Alex H.

    Great friendly enthusiastic crowd. Well played guys!

    1 · February 21, 2014

  • Louisa

    Hi, I've just uploaded chords and lyrics for Brown Eyed Girl and Fisherman's Blues ("More" and then "Files" above). Will bring copies of High and Dry.

    February 18, 2014

  • Alex H.

    Hi Everyone, looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday. It's worth noting for future sessions that suggested warm up songs should be posted on the spreadsheet more than a week in advance of the session in order to give people a chance to have a go at them. I'll make a note of that in future session notes.

    Hopefully we'll get chance to have a go at all of the suggested songs and try and create something new together too.

    PS - if anyone has any portable music stands, please could you bring them along as the studio only has two.

    If anyone struggles to find the venue, or has any other problems getting there please call of text me on 07979313939.

    Thanks,
    Alex

    February 18, 2014

  • Louisa

    I have a couple more warm-up songs for if I am singing (if playing guitar I can strum to whatever other people want to sing) - they are Fisherman's Blues by the Waterboys, and High and Dry by Radiohead (I'll bring copies of chords and lyrics, and can upload Fisherman's Blues) - would anyone be up for learning the instrumental bit on Fisherman's Blues?

    February 18, 2014

  • Nav

    I have added a few more songs so we have choice as we go. I will be playing Rhythm on the songs I sing. When others sing I'll try improvising/playing lead. It will help if others play lead when I do the rhythm, as its more fun playing a mix of bass/lead/rhythm than just plain chords.

    February 18, 2014

  • Alain T.

    Hi Alex. I'm keen to play (keyboard) on Thursday should someone drop out. I'll keep an eye on this site in case a slot opens up. Alan

    February 17, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Thanks for letting me know Alan

      February 17, 2014

  • Richard Przemyslaw S.

    Hi there!
    is the keyboard slot taken?

    February 9, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Hi Richard,

      February 9, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Great to hear from you. There is a keyboard slot free still. If you need to hire a keyboard it's £15 for the session from the studio. And you should let them know so that you don't miss out on it. You just need to tell them the date and time of our session. It's booked under 'London Jam Sessions'. If you can bring your own keyboard then that's great. Please just let me know that is your plan. Thanks, Alex

      February 9, 2014

  • AJ

    Hi
    There seem to be some tubes running.
    By the way there is a strike next wed and Thursday as well.

    February 3, 2014

    • Louisa

      Thursday 20th is OK for me

      1 · February 3, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Great!

      February 3, 2014

  • Louisa

    Hi Alex, should I change my RSVP to No, or leave it in case you postpone?

    February 3, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Hi Louisa, and everyone!

      I have rearranged the session for next thursday now. Please check you are still ok to cone and RSVP 'no' if you can't. Cheers,
      Alex

      February 3, 2014

  • Nav

    I am working near St. Paul's that day. If buses are running can come on a bus. If people coming, will make it somehow but looks most are going to have to make a tedious journey.

    February 3, 2014

  • AJ

    Hi I've cancelled the keyboard

    February 2, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Thanks AJ! Hopefully see you soon at another session!

      February 2, 2014

  • Janos B.

    Hi Alex,

    I may or may not be able to make it if the strike becomes effective (not sure if there will be some way to get around this and make it to the centre). I would +1 postponing the party, but will try to adapt.

    Being a guitarist, maybe I'm not a key player, though :)

    February 2, 2014

  • Colin T.

    ...route.

    February 2, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Thanks for letting us know mate. Just gonna see if everyone replies by tomorrow. If not then I'll rearrange it cos I can't risk the cancellation fees. Cheers,

      February 2, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Al

      February 2, 2014

  • Louisa

    Hi Alex, don't think I'll be able to make it because of the tube strike, so I better cancel - really disappointed as I was looking forward to it

    February 2, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Hi Louisa, thanks for letting us know. I'll see if everyone responds tomorrow. If not then I'll move the date to next week. Watch this space! Al

      February 2, 2014

  • Louisa

    I live quite far from central London - any chance of postponing until the following Thursday? I'll listen to news today and let you know for def this evening.

    February 2, 2014

  • Colin T.

    I can still make it on alternate root.

    February 2, 2014

  • AJ

    I'm afraid it goes on until Friday morning unless Boris saves the day!

    February 1, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Hi mate. Prob brst

      February 2, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Hi mate, can you cancel the keyboard today please? Good spot on the strikes.

      Can everyone else still make it?

      Need to know by tomorrow cos of the studio notice period.

      Thanks, Al

      February 2, 2014

  • AJ

    Hi All if the tube strike goes ahead as planned I won't be able to make it

    February 1, 2014

    • Louisa

      I think the strike is planned for 4th and 5th Feb

      February 1, 2014

  • AJ

    hi all

    February 1, 2014

  • AJ

    Hi all

    February 1, 2014

  • Louisa

    Hi, two other songs I can sing are High and Dry by Radiohead, and Fisherman's Blues by the Waterboys - I can bring copies of chords and lyrics.

    February 1, 2014

    • Louisa

      I could try harmonising on some of other people's songs.

      February 1, 2014

  • Alex H.

    Hi everyone,

    I have looked when you all joined the session and looked at the instruments you have said you can play on your member profiles and have created the following role assignments for the session:

    Alex - Guitar (bass if no bassist comes)

    Nav - Guitar and Vocals (can share guitar with Matty and Louisa)

    Trevor - Guitar (might play bass too if we don't have a bassist again)

    Louisa - Vocals (and piano share with AJ, and could guitar share with Nav and Matty)

    AJ - Piano (can share piano with Louisa)

    Matty - Vocals and Harmonica (could share guitar with Nav and Louisa)

    I hope that all makes sense?

    Lets try and do some harmonies with the singers this week too if possible.

    Basically we can all swap and change instruments but the above list shows priorities to fit in with the criteria for the roles specified in the Session Notes.

    Vocalists - please bring your own mics and leads if you have them.

    Cheers!
    Alex

    January 28, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Hi Colin, got the bass definitely confirmed!

      January 30, 2014

    • Colin T.

      Great! I am ready to rock it!

      1 · January 31, 2014

  • Alex H.

    Matty / Louisa / Nav

    I've just added a couple of Black Keys songs I'd like to try out. Are any of you up for having a go at them?

    Thanks,

    Alex

    January 29, 2014

    • Louisa

      I listened to them, so should be able to back you up on guitar - will you be bringing copies of chords?

      January 30, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Cool, yeah I'll bring copies. Thanks Louisa

      1 · January 30, 2014

  • Michele M.

    Awesome. I received the mail and I read that you needed the drummer. Just let me know what I have to bring

    January 29, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Hi Mike, best thing to do is to call the studio and ask what you might need. I'm not a drummer, so wouldn't want to tell you something wrong!

      January 29, 2014

    • Michele M.

      That's fine, is the enterprise in Denmark street? Anyway if u have a basic song list that you wanted to play I'm
      Happy to listen to those in this week. Let me know.

      January 30, 2014

  • Louisa

    Hi Alex, that looks fine - would it be OK if I bring along a couple more of my warm up songs, as I'm better singing songs I know well? When the others want to sing, I'll have a go at strumming anything on guitar. I don't have a microphone or leads, also is there an extra cost for the piano, or is that shared among all of us?

    January 28, 2014

    • Louisa

      Hi Alex, I would prefer in that case just to sing, and play guitar when the others want to sing.

      January 29, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Hi Louisa, that should be OK. You'll be able to switch around guitars with Nav and Matty.

      1 · January 29, 2014

  • Michele M.

    Hello, I'm Italian, I'm a drummer and I can play in this jam. I also have cymbals pedal, snare... Looking forward to hear from you. Mike

    1 · January 29, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Great stuff! Glad you can make it Mike, looking forward to jamming with you next week!

      January 29, 2014

  • Alex H.

    Hi everyone,

    Check out the update to the session info and the link to the warm-up song playlist.

    Matty - I've inserted the details you provided for your songs, please could you complete the other fields?

    I'll pop some suggestions up tomorrow night too.

    Cheers,
    Alex

    January 28, 2014

  • Derek

    Hi Alex, I see the RSVPs are currently closed for this - are you going to see what happens on the 23rd and take it from there? Apologies if this has been discussed as have just been trying to catch up with comments here!

    Also as options for future sessions, I've used a few rehearsal spaces in the past but some probably not suitable as not central. I will look into others and see what the response is to suggestions.

    Are thinking of 'central' as roughly Zone 1-ish? I was wondering whether slightly out from the centre might increase chances of parking, which would be helpful if we're bringing bigger amps and other gear.

    January 18, 2014

    • Derek

      Sounds like a good plan. Hope you all have fun at the 1st session - looking forward to seeing how it goes!

      January 23, 2014

    • Derek

      (I mean 'hearing'!)

      January 23, 2014

  • Louisa

    Hi, looking forward to the session! I can sing if you have too many guitarists - can I bring copies of "Brown Eyed Girl" as a warm-up song?

    1 · January 23, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Hi Louisa, thanks for volunteering to lay down your guitar for the session. I can keep that in mind when I make any changes to the attendees list. I think we just need a drummer and a bassist and we're all good! :-)

      January 23, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Brown eyed girl sounds great too!

      January 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I d like to come and listen to ur session on the 23, is it possible? Id like to get an idea of how it is... ;-)

    January 15, 2014

    • Alex H.

      Hi Flavia, its good to hear from you. Unfortunately the sessions will be for participating jammers only. If and when we do an open pub session people will be more than welcome to come and watch. The best thing is to just attend as a participant, looking forward to seeing you in action soon hopefully! :-)

      January 16, 2014

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