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    I went tonight as I try to every Tuesday since I work weekends. I am friends with the members and their drummer was down with back problems so they had no drummer or kit to use.
    I took mine,which is the first time it has left the house since it has came through the door. I played songs I've never played but have heard over the years. What surprised me the most is how well I played them with no practice or hearing it first.One song I haven't heard in 2-3 years but I still remember how it went,never attempted to play it before. I guess I have a better memory when it comes to music then I thought. I didn't play note for note but I laid out the basic beats and improvised the rest.
    Played most of Enter Sandman as well,which I never play but know most of the parts but the rest of them screwed up my timing and it went to hell after the solo but hey,it was open jam,I was allowed to screw up!
    Anyone else do open jams? I don't remember seeing a post here about them.
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    I went to one here a few times and played guitar. It was pretty lame though. Just a bunch of generic white lawyer blues.
    I'd really dig trying another one out on drums, but I don't know of any decent ones around here.
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    • #3
      yeah, on occasion. I usually try to stick to the jazz ones, there's some great players that host in KC.

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      • #4
        Well like I've said as a junior here, I live just outside of nowhere. Open mics pop up occasionally and attract the usual bunch of hams and amateurs. Naturally I gotta show too. I've played a smattering of bass, keys, guitar, besides drums. Usually lame one chord funky thangs or worse reggae But you know,for me it's a way to stay familiar with the stage while I'm busy shedding.
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        • #5
          They kept it to rock music tonight but you never know what they will throw at you,hell one night a guy brought a trumpet and played it to Metallica. I remember one night they done a slow version parody of Hells Bells.It wasn't meant to turn that way but the drummer started and the others followed. They done it one other time since but I seem to leave the camera at home those nights. Really need to record that one.
          But then there are nights where no one really shows up to do anything so it's rather lame. It's a small town where they do it at so I think that has something to do with it. They have many open jams around town but I don't have time to go to others,always working or something going on keeping me from going.
          I will say after tonight,having to tear my drums down,load them in the car,set them up and tear down and set them up again at home was a big hassle. I have more respect for those who do this every weekend for a living.I couldn't do it,not with the size my kit is. I don't think people really know what all is involved in bands that gig local bars.It's not as easy as I thought and I have helped the drummer years ago setting up and tearing down but don't remember it being as bad as tonight was. I used to help run all the cables,run lights and whatever else needed done. I was abut 16 and getting into bars doing this.I'd get drunk off my ass,lucky the excise police never came in.
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          • #6
            You mean "Amateur Hour"?

            Nope.
            You probably couldn't pay me enough to do so. From what I've seen of them, there's always a guy or two who can hold it down on their own, but they are almost always populated in large part by people who really shouldn't be playing out in public in the first place.
            Total clown school, IMO.

            I understand some people enjoy things like this for some sort of musical camaraderie or just to get out if they haven't played in a long time, etc.
            Absolutely zero interest in this kind of thing for me, though.
            For cripe's sake, somebody buy that kid a freaking DICTIONARY already!

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            • #7
              Nope. College school of music students who weedle deedle just to see if they can play what they learned last week in a spot that charges you to get in only to sit for an hour and a half waiting to play for 15 minutes. You can have em.
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              • #8
                Yup, I play at one in Framingham, MA whenever I can, normally every other week. The bass player who hosts it has a fantastic ear, great knowledge of music, and is a fun dude. A lot of times we hold it down and play to the styles and likings of whoever comes in.

                I do it because it's fun and you never know what will happen. Last time, I was playing a slow, deep funk groove (similar to "Summertime") and a dude in a full body pink bunny costume came in and blew an absolutely sick flugelhorn solo over it.

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                • #9
                  There is an open jam held every other Sunday afternoon that I try to get to. It
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                  • #10
                    Yep. Some of the members and I of the classic rock cover that retired last November, still host an acoustic open mic night, that we have/had been doing for the past 6-8 years or so. Mostly "folky" guitar players and the like. I bring just conga's. Unfortunately, no one ever comes up to play percussion, so I end up playing the whole night. Not that I mind, but I'd rather be behind a kit.
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                    • #11
                      I was playing a slow, deep funk groove (similar to "Summertime") and a dude in a full body pink bunny costume came in and blew an absolutely sick flugelhorn solo over it.


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                      On another note, I love the flugelhorn
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                      • #12
                        Yep. Some of the members and I of the classic rock cover that retired last November, still host an acoustic open mic night, that we have/had been doing for the past 6-8 years or so. Mostly "folky" guitar players and the like. I bring just conga's. Unfortunately, no one ever comes up to play percussion, so I end up playing the whole night. Not that I mind, but I'd rather be behind a kit.


                        You should set up a small 4 piece with just a crash,rid and hats and see what happens.Not a lot to haul around like my idiot self done Tuesday and took everything lol.
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                        • #13
                          You should set up a small 4 piece with just a crash,rid and hats and see what happens.Not a lot to haul around like my idiot self done Tuesday and took everything lol.


                          Place is too small for even that set up.
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                          • #14
                            every once in a while if i am not gigging an i am jonesing to play I will hit up an open jam.
                            i like to do it when I travel on business, great way to spend an evening when you are alone on the road.
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                            • #15
                              Pics or it didn't happen

                              On another note, I love the flugelhorn


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