Back when I first started learning guitar…

It felt impossible to “jam” music with my friends. (If you don’t know… “jamming” is the art and science of playing music without anything prepared in advance.)

I call it the “art and science” of jamming because it’s a skill that anyone can learn… and it’s a lot of fun. Think of it like connecting with your family or friends.

Now, you probably know how to have a conversation with your family or friends. You’ve been doing it your whole life since you were young…

But you may not know how to have “musical” conversations with other musicians yet.

How exactly do you “jam” with people?

There are two main steps I’m going to share with you that are key to unlocking this great skill.

Here they are…

#1 - Learn How To Vary What You Play

We all do it…

Play the same thing over and over again. The same chords. The same strumming pattern. Solo in the same part of the fretboard.

It can get boring after a while.

The key to having fun jamming with people is to get out of your comfort zone.

Can You Learn The Art & Science Of “Jamming?”

Learn how to change the chords you’re playing. Or the strumming pattern that you use. Or where you solo on the fretboard.

This can be stressful if you’re not confident using different chords. Or changing your strumming pattern. Or soloing in different parts of the guitar.

It can be tricky to break out of your shell.

Practicing new chords… new strumming patterns… or new ways to solo, is the key to mastering this step.

#2 - Be Dynamic

Like a good conversation… you have to react to what’s happening. To go with the flow of the conversation.

Music is no different.

Being dynamic means to change “how” you play something to suit the sound of what’s being played.

If everyone is playing louder… you play louder.

If each person is doing more stuff on their instrument… you try and do more stuff.

The opposite is true too...

If everyone is getting quieter… and playing less things… you have to adapt to it to.

Look, this sounds simple… but I’m amazed at how often I share this tip with my students. It’s not something everyone thinks about… but it makes a HUGE difference to how you play…

...and to your enjoyment with playing music too.

So there you have it…

A simple two-step guide to begin understanding how to better play music with others.

Can You Learn The Art & Science Of “Jamming?”

Learn how to vary what you play... and practice adapting to things in the moment.

Of course there’s more to it than this. And yes… it should go without saying that you may have to expand what you know on the guitar…

But that’s part of the fun of it.

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