This week I was invited to record guitar parts on a friend’s original songs. I was sent 5 acoustic demos tracks to listen to and, as I had some time this week, I decided to spend time writing guitar parts for the songs- to complement them.
Come recording time I had only had time to write for 3 out of the 5 songs, so we decided to ‘jam’ the other songs together – improvising as we went.
Although I enjoy taking time to write and put a guitar part together ahead of time, there is a tremendous amount of fun and creativity that can come from the spontaneity of improvising with other musicians– especially when performing live or recording!
There is an element of risk that what you play won’t work musically (just sound bad!) but this is where musicianship comes in to its own – being able to read other musician’s cues and react as you go! This is great fun and when it ‘works’ it is an amazing feeling- worth the risk of getting it wrong (which sometimes happens too!). This musicianship can only be developed by meeting and performing with other musicians. And as with other social situations, when meeting new people, sometimes you all ‘gel’ and everything just clicks and sometimes not.
It takes time, but once you find the right band mates or jammin’ partners, this brings playing an instrument to life! There are many places to do this – from school or college, to going to jam nights at local pubs (if you’re over 18!) and placing ads on sites like http://www.joinmyband.co.uk.
But don’t be disheartened if it doesn’t work out first time you meet new people, much like ‘jammin’ – sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but when it does – it makes the effort in all worth while.
Have a great week 🙂