Posted by pcfive on Wednesday, September 1, 2010
I just got home from a jam session tonight. Maybe I'll be tired at work tomorrow, but it's worth it. I played the Old Spinning Wheel, which I never played at a jam session before. I have practiced it every day for months, but still didn't get it quite right. It wasn't too bad though, and everyone could follow it and some of them played solos, even if they never heard it before. The next time it was my turn I played Grandfather's Clock, which is one of the songs I usually play at that jam. I managed to mess it up a little anyway, but not too bad. Then my next turn, I played Redwing, which is my standard that I play every time. I think I did it pretty well, since I have practiced it a lot for many months. Then, for my last turn, I played Foggy Mountain Breakdown, and I thought it was pretty good. Except for when it came back around to me at the very end, and I somehow couldn't find the notes.
I started playing at this jam session about a year and a half ago. I play at three different ones, and I first started about three and a half years ago. I am very gradually getting used to it. It is definitely not easy and there is a lot to learn.
I don't often get asked to play a break, but I hope that will change. I have a lot to learn about improvising and it must be obvious, or they would ask me more often. Some people always get asked because everyone knows they can improvise. So I think one of my goals right now should be to start practicing improvising. I won't spend a lot of time on it, since I still need to keep working on tone and timing and backup. But improvising is the next big thing I need to start learning.
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