Jamology  //  Less is More

When all the primary components of a song are being provided by other jammers, your contribution should be unique.

If you cannot add anything without playing what someone else is already playing, don’t play (also called “laying out” or ‘laying back”). Just lay back until your solo, or just play some accents. Learning these little accents will be part of the growing experience you can gain from other jammers or from watching live professionals. Support your local musicians!

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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