Rockfactory Jam Sessions
To sign up for a tentative jam session date, please use this link. Sessions will only be held if a minimum of 4 attendees sign up within 24 hours of each event. All essential information about each event (attending performers, song lists, fees (if any), and any other requirements, etc.) will always be posted on the event sign-up page.
Jam sessions are a casual, fun, and socially rewarding way for students of all ages and skill levels to play together and improve their performance abilities.
Jam sessions are much less formal than recitals and performances, but they are perhaps the most valuable experience we can offer to players of all levels. Jam sessions provide a guided forum for students of all levels to play together in a fun and relaxed atmosphere.
You do not need any experience to take part in a jam session - even absolute beginners are welcome to attend. Songs, grooves, and chord progression examples in varied musical styles are provided. Regardless of skill level, we'll have a part for every student to play in order to fit into the group. Intermediate students who have even a basic grasp of power chords, open chords, bar chords and/or pentatonic lead licks will have very straightforward rhythm and lead parts to play. Advanced students who are working on more intricate soloing skills have a harmonic format in which experimentation and live practice is encouraged. Even for students who are just beginning to make sounds on the instrument, a variety of very basic melodies and bass lines can be provided to get the feel for playing along with each song. Professional musicians, including live drums and bass performers may attend sessions, providing a interesting and unique experience at each event.
Jam sessions give beginners a chance to follow along and play in rhythm with more advanced performers. Advanced musicians get the opportunity to play with an organized live group, in order to improve skills. This sort of creative music making environment is the most enjoyable, intuitive, and effective way to build real performance skill, and it brings people together in a social context that gives genuine value to making music.
Rockfactory will continue to prepare 1-2 formal recitals per year for young students, but regular jam sessions are an additional enjoyable experience for everyone involved. Family members and friends are welcome to watch for free, as long as space is available.
Photos (photos by Lisa Harrison)