Your Common Song Jams
(Rusty Relaxed Social Jazz Karaoke Jams)
To see introduction information and register with the group please go to the Kijiji ad then message John.
Unfortunately we lost our first location due to large gaps between songs during live performance in front of
the location's regulars. They got frustrated with it and management listened to their regulars. The gaps
were small during the scheduled songs. Continuing past the schedule songs caused large gaps because
we were searching for common songs in the fake books. We now have a new location and won't make that
mistake again. To prevent large gaps between songs these jams are now fully pre-planned using this
website and the jam is not scheduled until we have 2 hours of songs. After the scheduled songs are over I
pack up. Pre-Planning has other benefits too. Pre-planning allows us to jam jazz which is more complex
than simple blues based jazz. Pre-planning allows members to initiate songs in advance which allows
others to join in and be sure they are using the same Fake Book (to see why players need to be using the
same fake book click here). Pre-planning allows songs to be pre-practiced for better playing (these are
rusty jam/performances). Pre-planning allows me to create Band In A Box backing track files in advance
just in case members are missing and to prevent speeding up beyond the speed people practiced at.
Musicians are typically highly intelligent and getting involved is easy to learn. To learn to fully understand
this website please study the easy step by step instructions on the three pictures you find by clicking this
link. Another member said the instructions are easy to understand. Once you understand the process you
are ready. You can also click the column heading of all tables to get a popup help which explains the
column. You can try it on the Jam Information Table below.
Before a jam location is chosen and a date is set the Location column of the "Jam Information Table"
shown below will say "Announcing Soon" and the "Jam Date" column will say "Needs People". To initiate
a jam I load the schedule with a list of songs I can currently play well enough to jam then I email the group
asking if anyone wants to jam at one of two locations (Supreme Restaurant and Bar or My Home). The first
person who either joins in on my songs and/or initiates other songs discusses with me that location and
the date of the jam. Once we agree on this I update the Jam Information table below to have the location
and the date. Next I send another email to the group asking others to join in on existing songs or to initiate
other songs. I generally give myself a week to practice at least the rhythm part on new songs so a member
is never jamming alone with "Band In A Box" backing tracks.
Tip! In the "Jam Information Table" below, if you regularly take note of the number of people attending
(shown in the "#P" column) and take note of the date/time of the "Last Schedule Update", then you can
determine if any changes have occurred since the last time you looked. If there is no change you can exit to
save wasting any of your time checking for updates or checking the schedule.
Jam Information Table