Join Strat-Talk Today

Going to first blues jam tomorrow (won't be playing)

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by Cerb, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. nungesser

    nungesser When I became of age my momma sat me down Strat-Talk Supporter

    Messages:
    7,330
    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2014
    Location:
    Ireland
    Great! I got a good feeling about this, have fun
     
  2. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    78
    Messages:
    11,490
    Joined:
    Dec 2, 2010
    Location:
    Peardale CA
    Good
    God
    Damn
    For
    You
    Really...
    Really...
    REally....
     
    Cerb likes this.
  3. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    3,995
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2018
    Location:
    North Central North Carolina
    That sounds like one of those things that can get you to forget others are listening to you. I just watched a JustinGuitar YouTube video about confidence and relaxation when performing. One thing he suggested was when you practice, concentrate on the feel of the strings on your fingers, and other sensations like that, and when you get in front of others, do the same. It gives you something to think about besides terror.

    Your idea kind of goes along in a similar way, I think. Thinking about smiling would distract you from thinking about the listeners, and also probably tends to tell your brain that you feel happy.
     
    JustABluesGuy, rocknrollrich and Cerb like this.
  4. Soul31

    Soul31 Strat-Talker

    Age:
    49
    Messages:
    141
    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2018
    Location:
    Massachussetts
    If it's a small mistake that no one would notice then I blow through, but I always smile or laugh at major clams. Smiling helps you get on with the performance and let it go, a reminder not to take yourself too seriously, and a shout out to others that you don't either. Even better if someone in the band or audience notices the gaffe, sees you smiling and laughing, you see them smiling too and you have an "Oh #$%@ it!" moment together. It's a Blues Jam, not brain surgery.:)

    And if you get really lost, just stop playing until you find your way back in, no big deal. I'll even strum on muted strings or whatever to make it look like I'm playing when I'm really just waiting to jump back in.
     
  5. stratobiker

    stratobiker Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    1,721
    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2011
    Location:
    France
    Get some egg on your face! Let the chain come off! Nobody dies, nobody gets hurt....but you have fun! :cool:
     
  6. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    39
    Messages:
    8,259
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2016
    Location:
    Sweden
    I should probably know at least one full blues standard first...

    I'll tell you what though. They'll host this thing for six tuesdays, the next one is at the end of this month and I promise that before the sixth and final one I will have been up on tht stage, with the guitar, playing.
     
  7. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    39
    Messages:
    8,259
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2016
    Location:
    Sweden
    What would you say the five most common songs are that will turn up on jams? Which ones should I learn?
     
    Groovey likes this.
  8. Bob the builder

    Bob the builder Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    59
    Messages:
    4,958
    Joined:
    May 2, 2016
    Location:
    Cranston, Rhode Island
    I,IV,V
    Now you know a bunch o dem
     
  9. simoncroft

    simoncroft Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    63
    Messages:
    14,730
    Joined:
    May 30, 2013
    Location:
    SE England
    Hey @Cerb, I played one of these a couple of weeks ago. I'd barely played guitar in six months, because I've been working on recording other people's music. My fingers were soft, and it seemed strange to be playing in front of a room full of strangers after so many years (about 30 :eek:). But the audience seemed to like it.

    As long as you know your major from your minor, and the secret chord sequence revealed to you by @Bob the builder, there's nothing stopping you.

    You really should take your guitar along, join in, relax and have fun. :thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
  10. rocknrollrich

    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

    Age:
    48
    Messages:
    3,285
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2016
    Location:
    philadelphia
    If you wait until the last one, and you have the best time ever, you will regret not having played at more of them.
     
  11. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Messages:
    22,293
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2011
    Location:
    ** **** ****** ***
    I/IV/V
    i/iv/v
    I/vi/ii/V
    i/vi/ii/v

    Now you know 90% of them. ;)
     
  12. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    39
    Messages:
    8,259
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2016
    Location:
    Sweden
    Thanks to you I've known those for a while now. I'm more worried about the execution :D
     
  13. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    39
    Messages:
    8,259
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2016
    Location:
    Sweden
    Yeah I won't do that. I'll check this one out and aim at playing the next one, it's the last tuesday of this month.
     
  14. Cerb

    Cerb Anti conformist reformist Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    39
    Messages:
    8,259
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2016
    Location:
    Sweden
    Thanks Si. I at least want to know I'll play in time after the count in. I've had problems with that...
     
    simoncroft likes this.
  15. perttime

    perttime Strat-O-Master

    Messages:
    726
    Joined:
    May 4, 2015
    Location:
    Finland
    Hey! It will mainly all be around 3 chords. What could go wrong?
     
    Cerb likes this.
  16. Mipstoo

    Mipstoo Senior Stratmaster

    Messages:
    1,773
    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2013
    Location:
    Rockingham Palace
    If the guys/gals are allright, and the crowd is allright, you'll probably even join for a song today...
    That's how it goes over here...
    You'll get a someone's guitar pushed in your hands and you'll be happy to join and jam... Have fun!
     
    JustABluesGuy, simoncroft and Cerb like this.
  17. Groovey

    Groovey Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Messages:
    7,494
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2016
    Location:
    WV. USA

    I just took a screenshot of this. It's going on the wall of the jam space .
     
  18. DickBanks

    DickBanks Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    58
    Messages:
    615
    Joined:
    May 2, 2017
    Location:
    Olathe, KS
    Go get 'em!
    And when you make it BIG, don't forget us little people!
     
    Cerb likes this.
  19. DickBanks

    DickBanks Strat-O-Master

    Age:
    58
    Messages:
    615
    Joined:
    May 2, 2017
    Location:
    Olathe, KS
    Just add the ii-V-i and now you have TWO genres!
     
    Cerb likes this.
  20. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

    Age:
    60
    Messages:
    22,293
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2011
    Location:
    ** **** ****** ***
    Its all there in the I/vi/ii/V. And the minor equivalent.
    You have to return to the i/I. ;)

    And Cerb...take your guitar and play. Life is to short not to.
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.