|This is an informal website which offers some basic scale
progressions, some techniques, some instruction, and plenty of jam tracks
to download and improvise, or JAM, to. I hope you get some useful information
and find a track or two you like to jam with.
Jamming, or improvisation, is the art of 'making it up' as you go along. With a good understanding of the basic scales and fretboard 'box' positioning you can easily sit in on most any popular music style by just know the key of the song. The sixties were notorious for guitar jam bands as well as many seventies Southern Rock bands. Lately, however, fewer and fewer bands feature guitar solos of any type but you'll hear them pop up from time to time. Much modern guitar work is in the metal genres but I wouldn't consider it to be improvisation as much of it is very intricate and choreographed (ie: not make up on the spot).
For a guitarist much of the fun of playing is to get away from the regiment of structured music and into the, often self indulgent, art of jamming. Let's face it - while we may have once liked Free Bird it's a bit long these days.. BUT, if you were playing it, you'd keep in on for another 30 minutes! It's a good thing someone invented headphones!
For me I enjoy picking a handful of jam tracks, or even just one, and play it repeatedly to try new techniques, different riffs, and experiment until the beer runs out!...
Now plug in your favorite guitar and have fun jamming!
|copyright 2009 Ken Anthony|