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Playing with other people. What should I know to do?

"However, this feels not at all comfortable to me" Beneath it all this statement appears to be the underlying issue behind you not being able to 'just do it.' Lets face the facts, it is uncomfortable!...
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Playing with other people. What should I know to do?

I want to add a few things that apply more when you're actually going to your first band practice or jam session. First, I want to point out that many times, at least one of the other musicians at a ...
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Playing with other people. What should I know to do?

Unlike the other answers here, I think the advice to "just do it" is misguided. Playing music with other people is an entire skill unto itself. To be able to play well with others, you need to ...
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Is there a device that would be a mixer with multiple outputs to jam with headphones?

Jam Hub is your saviour !It's an all in one piece of gear with inputs,mixer and headphone facility to do exactly what you need.With a different mix for each member, if needed.
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How to conduct rehearsals in a small band?

This is not a question of whether the band is rehearsing the right way or the wrong way. Since the band has existed longer than you've been a member, and the other members are content with the ...
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How to conduct rehearsals in a small band?

As I see it, only you and your bandmates can answer this, because it depends on what you want to do. First off, if you're not gigging... what exactly are you rehearsing for? Someone needs to step up ...
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How to efficiently jam as a guitarist with a drummer

There is no "best possible way" - Sometimes you might want your drummer to lay down the intro beat (this is pretty common) You might have some bars of intro on the guitar, usually the drummer will ...
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Is there a device that would be a mixer with multiple outputs to jam with headphones?

You are looking for a headphone amplifier. Many models have more than a single stereo output. Professional models often have more than one output (channeL) in the same module, and sometimes allow you ...
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How to conduct rehearsals in a small band?

One question that this spawns is Has the band played many gigs - in the 6 mths you've been with them? I suspect the answer is no. Too much time spent (wasted) in rehearsals to have a playlist of ...
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Teaching others how to swing

Assuming these are informal jams, you just don't have the authority to fire incompetents. I think the only possibility is to endure the fact that the material will not be played correctly. But do at ...
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Playing with other people. What should I know to do?

I started a jam with some pretty clear guidelines of how/what we were doing. We use songs from the Real Book so the melody and chord changes (and general form) are known ahead of time. We keep a ...
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Teaching others how to swing

Honestly you should bring in some tennis balls and make a game out of it. I've taught this with eurhythmics before. Basically have people walk to a beat and start bouncing the ball on the 8th note, ...
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Teaching others how to swing

If you're playing straight and switch to playing swing, the 'and's move but the strong beats don't. It might be that the players who are trying to play swung are pushing the strong beats around too, ...
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Teaching others how to swing

The only way I am aware of improving (or practicing) swing feel is to play with a metronome but set it so the click is on the 2 and 4. Emily Remler goes through it in her tutorial videos. I have no ...
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Learning to Jam in piano

You can jam with other people or compose on your own in an improvisational way. In the former case, you either have to agree on a chord pattern to use (say the simple classic C-Am-F-G in key of C, ...
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Why do jamming musicians "trade fours" (rather than any other number)?

There are great answers already here, but perhaps the most important consideration is making sure no one gets cut short when the trading is over. Consider a 12-bar blues. It wouldn't really work for ...
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Struggle improvising guitar with other musicians / band / jam session

So you can produce some musical putput which pleases you, fairly regularly. More easily, when you have the luxury of time, and not so much under the pressure of the moment in a jam session. It's ...
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Playing with other people. What should I know to do?

The first time I played with other people was with 3 other relative newbies like myself. If you listened to any one of us playing by our-self then it was blatantly obvious that we SUCKED individually. ...
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Jamming as a piano beginner, accompanying a song

As someone who plays both guitar and keyboard, I agree that it can be more difficult for a beginner keyboardist to accompany. But it really depends on the style of music. For example, if you have ...
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Effective ways of muting saxophone

First of all, there are sax mutes which are basically small plush pillows to jam into the horn. However, the proper answer is, you guessed it: practice, practice, practice. It does take a lot ...
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Which Pentatonic scale to play over which chord in a major key chord progression?

When you compare all the diatonic chords I ii iii IV V vi viio with the pentatonic scale on the tonic C D E G A you will notice that most of the various chords don't have all their tones available in ...
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Is there a device that would be a mixer with multiple outputs to jam with headphones?

Since the JamHub seems to be dead as a company at this moment, the only viable product with separate submixes seems to be Zoom LiveTrak L-12 (or L-20).
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Is there a device that would be a mixer with multiple outputs to jam with headphones?

Have you tried simply splitter cables? For example, I had bought a curious-looking thing-- a regular 3.5mm headphone (male) plug to THREE headphones jack (female) cable for $1 at a thrift store. (It'...
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What basics should I know to accompany on piano?

Been there. Done that. I'll try to describe what my experiences have been. I rarely got to practice a accompaniment; usually I'd step in at the last minute for a rehearsal or someone would want to ...
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Struggle improvising guitar with other musicians / band / jam session

I play in multiple jams weekly, which I do because it is such a challenge. It's important to have a decent idea of the various standard chord changes that are particular to the styles of music you ...
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How to conduct rehearsals in a small band?

When I first started out, I took rehearsals very seriously. I thought you just couldn't go out and perform until things were solid. It was a different time when people took professionalism very ...
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How to efficiently jam as a guitarist with a drummer

It can't hurt to lay down a "sketch" of a rhythm track you are thinking about and then let him play around with ideas on his own. This way, when you get together to "actually work on" the material, ...
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need help to figure out equipment needed for a silent rehearsal room

The setup you describe is pretty much the standard way to do "silent" rehearsing. It may not give you as much flexibility and easy control (specifically for rehearsing) as devices like the jamhub, but ...
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Playing with other people. What should I know to do?

A couple tips, listen to others, figure out the song order (if it is applicable), make sure you aren't overpowering with volume, if you just want to solo along first figure out the key and scale of ...
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Playing with other people. What should I know to do?

Really, the only advise anyone can give is to just do it. Of course, you will feel uncomfortable, because you are perfoming in front of others and showing your skillset to others ALWAYS will make you ...
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