Why Our Jam Sessions Are Different
Many pubs run regular jam sessions, and while this is a great thing, I have found that they are not always suitable for players of every level. Students have told me in the past that they’ve felt intimidated at the prospect of getting up and playing in front of better players than them, or that they find the songs being played too hard. This can lead to frustration and even a knock in their confidence. On the flipside, more advanced players may find the material too easy and get bored just strumming the same chords over and over again with little opportunity to go beyond that.
I personally prepare materials for our jam sessions and ensure that there is something suitable for players of all levels. This way, you can be sure that the songs we play will be comfortable for you, whether you’re a beginner or a more advanced player. If you’re just starting out, you can strum some basic chords, or even have a go at a simple bass line. If you’ve been playing a while and would like to work on your improvisation or solo composition, no problem, you’ll get that opportunity. Even if you’re having lessons with another teacher, we can fit the material around what you are learning with them, so that you’ll be able to use it in real-life situations.
In more than 10 years of teaching, I’ve found these sessions to be invaluable to the development of my students’ playing abilities. I am continually looking for new ways to help them improve in the most effective and, of course, fun way possible, and I have found that these jam sessions are integral to achieving that goal. Probably the number one thing prospective students tell me when they contact me looking for lessons is that they want to learn to play their favourite songs. Our jam sessions are the perfect place to do just that!