The Virtual Jam Room - VJR

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by paparaptor, Dec 3, 2019.

  1. paparaptor

    paparaptor Central Scrutinizer
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    Aug 11, 2010
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    Most of you are probably aware of this, but for anyone who is not, you should visit the Virtual Jam Room (aka VJR). The VJR is located in the Recording Info and Member Recordings section near the bottom of the forum list. It's a great way to get your feet wet at soloing. It has been attracting brave (and not so brave) souls for almost 9 years.

    If you're not familiar with the concept, someone uploads a blues or bluesy backing/jam track (to Dropbox, Soundcloud, Google Drive, Microsoft One Drive, or other file sharing service) with a solo (12 bars on really slow blues, 24 bars on a regular shuffle or more on a faster tune), leaving room for additional players to contribute. Each player downloads the previous players' track and adds another solo until the track is full. It's a 'no judgement zone.' It's a place to relax, have fun and post your material. It's NOT a place for criticism and only positive comments are welcome.

    All you need to do this is some kind of recording interface connected to your PC or Mac and some way to record your solo masterpiece. It sounds harder than it is, as a lot of new amplifiers have an output or USB connectivity that allows you to record directly to your computer. If you're not sure what you have, there is a companion section to the VJR called Recording Tips and Tricks, where you can post a question and someone will likely have an answer or at the very least, point you to a web page that will explain how to do what you want to do.

    Why am I posting this? Well, there's a bunch of people in the forum who frequent this place pretty regularly and it does usually stay busy, but new players are always welcomed, regardless of your current skill level. If you're interested in this, the best thing you can do is dive right in, grab an open track and add your part. The worst thing you can do is think "I'll wait until I'm good enough before posting." If you wait until you're good enough, you'll probably never post. There will always be some reason...

    If you've never been down to "the dungeon" take a moment and visit. Even if you're not interested, you never know how listening to others might spark your interest. If you're interested, looking through a few threads will give you some insight into how it's done and ease your way into joining us.

    Do it! You know you wanna!
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  2. artyman

    artyman Fareham UK

    Dec 31, 2014
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    He forgot to mention you have you bring your own beer :ROFLMAO:
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  3. jmin

    jmin San Francisco, CA

    Dec 17, 2013
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    Good reminder, papa! One of the best things I learned from BGU was how valuable recording and "virtual" jamming was. I've done a lot of Griff's course material, but improvising really creates the experience I need to learn it. Its terrifying...but really rewarding. I just finished the ABGU course and someone asked me what my favorite courses have been...I really should've included the VJR! Hellavalotta learning going on down there !
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  4. giayank

    giayank Just another day in paradise

    Jul 3, 2010
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    I love that place been too long since I visited
    Life got in the way but I’ll be back soon.
    Only thing I’d add to the invitation is make sure you make it loud and proud.
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