Jamology  //  Jammer

Anyone who can make a joyous sound. This includes everyone from singers to percussionists, not just rhythm and lead players.

Jamming is supposed to be a pleasant experience. If personalities prevent this, find someone else to jam with. Be cool, and follow the Golden Rule –

  • Treat others as you would like to be treated.
  • If you are better than others, help them without belittling them.
  • If you are not as good, less is more, and if you do not know a song, do not mess it up by trying to learn it on the spot (unless that is the level of the jam). Also, each person in the jam should get a turn to name the next song and lead that song.
  • You should know the song you want to lead, otherwise, just pass your turn. But here is where you would let people know your desire to play this song. Some may already know it, or they will help you figure out how to practice it for next time.

Skill Levels

  • Beginner- Level 1

    Someone just starting to play an instrument, which includes their own voice (singers), can only play one or two songs, cannot play entire songs, does not know many chords, can...

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  • Intermediate – Level 2

    A jammer that knows several songs, can play several chords and can move between them easily, understands timing and counts.

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  • Advanced – Level 3

    A jammer that can play many songs, understands the I-IV-V concept, beginning to solo but not proficient, proficient in backing roles, not able to lead a band on stage (yet).

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  • Experienced - Level 4

    A jammer proficient at their type of music, has played in a band that has played on stage regularly, knows many complete songs and understands many beats and rhythms, can lead a...

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  • Professional – Level 5

    A musician who plays for money/pay, makes their living from music (playing, selling instruments or lessons, in the music business).

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