Category archives: How to

Weekly soundclips (and how we make them)

Last update on Jan. 6, 2015.

Each week there are official community jam sessions on Friday & Saturday at 19:00 UTC.  We have a blast bringing together jammr users and playing online.  Of course you can jam any time you want on jammr, but the weekly jam sessions are a great way for both beginners and regular jammr users to play meaningful jam sessions with musicians from around the world.

Listen to soundclips from the weekly jam

After the weekly jam session we post soundclips with the highlights from hours of jamming.  You can watch the full playlist or subscribe to our YouTube Channel here.

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How to fill virtual space in jam sessions

Last update on May 4, 2014.

Both in recorded music and live jam sessions there is a concept of "space".  The space can be virtual like when you are jamming together online using jammr or because tracks were recorded separately in a studio.  The final mix sounds best when each instrument is placed somewhere in the space.  If all instruments are playing on top of each other it's hard to tell them apart.

So how does this idea help make jam sessions better?  It sounds best when each instrument takes up the right amount of space.  If a jam is too crowded then the result ...

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Private jam sessions: how to jam with just your friends

Last update on Jan. 8, 2014.

jammr lets musicians jam together online.  This means no more dragging around music gear, renting practice rooms, etc.  It means less hassle and more playing.

By default jam sessions are public so anyone can join.  You can jam with people from all over the world.  This is a really fun way to broaden not just your musical horizons but find buddies to jam with around the clock.

But what do you do when you'd like to get the band together or play with just a select group of people?

jammr's private jams are jam sessions that only people ...

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Overcoming fear of wrong notes when jamming

Last update on July 6, 2013.

Learning to play songs does not prepare you for improvisation.  Although you know how to play chord progressions, beats, or solos, you haven't learned how to find notes that fit onto new music.  The result is that you may feel paralyzed by fear of wrong notes.

In this blog post I will explain how to overcome fear of wrong notes.  This will help you jam more fluently and unlock the skill of playing on the spot.

Disable "Send" when experimenting

Before you've got your bearings in a jam it may be necessary to experiment.  This will allow you ...

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The 7 best tips to successful online (instrumental) jamming

Last update on June 26, 2013.

A jam session is a musical event, process, or activity where musicians play (i.e. jam")
by improvising without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements.

Wikipedia

Jamming is great; it breaks the boundaries of set music and allows you to be creative with other musicians. But not everybody has joined a jam session before. So here are a few basic tips to get you jamming straight away:

  • First of all: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes! Enjoy the music and learn from it – there’s no judgement here 
  • Start simple! Agree on a chord progression, two chords are enough at ...

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