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I am heading to a grad party/jam for the next two days and nights. I am certainly not ready to keep a spotlight with the caliber of better musicians I know will be there, but I will find some that I can pick with and plan on totally coming home with my tail tucked!
I think it’s a good thing to have my rear handed to me every once in a while; it lets me get a much better idea of what I lack in my playing and what I have to put more effort into when I practice. Plus there is no substitute for picking with other people!
The last jam I went to a friend turned around and said something like “your trying to play low roll back-up. Nobody can do that in this State but Wes, he owns that sound around here.” Well, pooh! That would be his opinion and I was just trying to hold a steady roll in the chord at the time anyway.
I was glad he made the comment for a couple reasons. One, his comment brought out the fact to me that I needed more work on playing up the neck for variety, and Two, i needed more work on what I was doing at the time.
Gosh, I guess my last jam taught me I needed work on about everything…I’m cool with that…I will only have been playing for for a year come this Sept. and I’ve made better progress on the 5 than I thought I would have so far. I’m sure I’ll get a few compliments and a few snide remarks this weekend as well. It’s all good and I take it all with a grain of salt. I’m planning on coming home with a couple new licks. And if someone mentions that what I’m playing isn’t what they think it should be, I’m happy to have them sit down and show me a better way to get through the song…hehe
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Sounds good, I’m sure you’ll have fun! And better yet, you’ll learn a lot and get better. I still haven’t gotten in on a jam…partly because I don’t know of any, partly because I haven’t had time, and partly because I’m scared!
Let us know how it goes and have a safe trip.