I make no bones about the fact that, for me, playing in a group, with a band, at a jam, or even just with a friend or two – is what it’s all about.

The reason we practice and learn chords, riffs, scales, and soloing patterns is so that we can eventually get to that point where we might actually get up on a stage, or with a group, and play some music together.

For my money, there ain’t nothing better 🙂

But, here’s the rub, when you’re new at it, things are gonna go wrong…

Your nerves are gonna get the best of you and the best laid plans… well, you know how it goes.

So in this live video we’ll talk about some options for when things inevitably go south and you have to punt.


    5 replies to "When It All Goes South :("

    • Jim Kubitza

      Griff, you could do a whole course on “CYA”. It is an essential skill for playing live because no matter how much you practice, even practicing with a working band so you know EXACTLY what is going on, when you’re out there in the live world, you are going to make mistakes. Inevitably. You just can’t afford for it to derail you and have you standing there like a deer in the headlights. I have this skill pretty well, from years of playing on the bar circuit. But I have NO IDEA how to approach teaching someone else. Things like how to make a sour note seem like it belongs. Things like licks that will ALWAYS work in any of the three blues chords, to give you time to get your stuff together after screwing up. And so forth. Such a course may be one of the most challenging courses for you to devise, but it would be priceless for many.

    • Joe gomez

      That was great lesson. I’ve been asked to get up and jam several times but just haven’t had the nerve. I’ve jamed with guy that are at my level or better in basements and garages but never in a club. I will try and do it soon. Thanks for all your help.
      Joe

    • Mark Wales

      Cheers Griff
      For the advice handy to know

    • Trace

      Great Lesson Griff, I kind of did this playing to jam tracks the first time by accident. Sort of a Fake It Until You Make It. I have to remember the small chord concept you’ve laid out for us. Trace

    • colin

      Thanks that’s great i will try all that

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