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jamming, rhythm


tomtele

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I had a question about your guys' approach to playing rhythm when jamming (impromptu, not a cover tune, none of us knew the same songs, unfortunately). I met 2 people from one of my summer school classes and I couldn't play rhythm for crap when we were switching off. Actually none of us really could. So you could imagine a whole bunch of lead phrases and trying to find chords that match them :confused:...it was fun but bad. I don't really know how to explain what I want to ask but uhh, when developing a groove what do you listen for?

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I try to hear everything that going on. I guess it goes back to my days earing out songs on records, where the mix is all homogenized together.

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WEll sure! you didn't stand a chance trying to fit some kind of rhythm to a bunch of solo lines LOL! I mean eveybody approached the thing backwards didn't they!! :) you should have just picked a three or four chord progression in some common key and tried to play your lead lines over that progression! Man that must have been a MESS LOL!!! :)
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...Man that must have been a MESS LOL!!! :)

 

muhahaha - yeah - just do a simple 3 chord progression. Always best to keep it simple at first then "learn" each other.

"well fellas... there's 1 other thing yer gonna need to make it in Rock & Roll besides all them guitars and amps and drums and things. They call it A SONG..."
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You play off the drums. It's good to start with a simple bass vamp that everyone can lock into and then go from there. We always shouted the changes back and forth in "arrangements while you wait" fashion.

 

A simple I-IV-V blues is the best way to kick off a jam with players who aren't familiar with each other.

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I always made the drummer and bass player play to me LOL....I like to control the direction of jams and rehearsals...not as a music Nazi, but someone has to take the reins...may as well be the guitar player as far as I am concerned.

 

Take charge bro'...lead by example. Learn a couple simple progressions, some power chord grooves and 3 chord Charlie's and go in and show them to the other guys and have them play it. Then you take turns doing leads.

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hahaaha yea it WAS a mess, actually I don't think it was really a "jam" at all just 3 people playing 3 different things. it was a hit or miss thing, some parts did sound somewhat decent...sort of

 

well a lot of you mention listening to drums (need to find a drummer now), so how would I follow? just figure out a tempo from that? and what's a bass vamp?

 

What chords can you use based on the I, IV, V? For example, in the key of Am, I start with an Am7 chord...I guess a better question would be what can I not use? Any methods to make progressions sound more interesting? btw thanks everyone, appreciate the tips

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