Learn Guitar Chords Online: How To Create Totally Awesome Jam Sessions

Learn Guitar Chords Online: How To Create Totally Awesome Jam Sessions
By Mike P Hayes

If you have been playing guitar for a little while I’m sure you will be able to relate to the following situation…

1. The Jam session: A group of guitar enthusiasts decide to get together and have a jam session; which by the way, is a terrific idea; apart for the social interaction it’s a great way to accelerate your guitar playing.

2. Finding common ground: Generally speaking the members of the jam session will be at various levels of proficiency on their instrument so the first priority is to find ‘common ground’ i.e., songs that everyone knows how to play.

The problem: Like every team situation the group is only as good as it’s weakest member; so generally what started out as a great idea is reduced to a very boring couple of hours of frustration where the players struggle to regurgitate substandard versions of simple songs.

Quite often the guitarists find it difficult to agree on a basic set of chords of the songs and are unable to change keys to suit the singer.

All of this aside the REAL problem usually comes down to two things… (a) how to stop all the guitars bumping into one another and (b) how to make the songs sound interesting? With four, five or even ten guitar players ALL playing the exact same chords in the same place on the guitar it’s a recipe for disaster.

Absolutely no professional group does this and that’s why most jam sessions sound like amateur hour no matter how dedicated the players are..

When all the guitars are playing the same chord in the same position using the exact same inversion of the chord the sound actually sounds smaller or weaker.

The solution: The trick is to create an arrangement of the song whereby each guitarist plays chords/fills in a different region of the guitar neck so as to create ‘musical space’ between the various guitar parts.

Let’s take a simple two chord song that could quite easily be on a jam session list.

I’m going to use the tune “Horse With No Name” (by the group America) and create an interest two guitar arrangement that will maximize the acoustic qualities of the two instruments and produce an uncluttered background that will not detract from the melody line.

When this type of arrangement is done correctly it actually makes it easier for the vocalist.

Step 1: Basic set of chords:

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Em /// | D ///

Same basic changes as songs like “Oh, Sinner Man”, “What Will We

Do With The Drunken Sailor” etc

Step 2: Modified changes

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Em /// | D69/F# ///

Same basic chords stylized to create a more interesting texture.

Em

-0—

-0—

-0—

-2—

-2—

-0—

D69/F#

-0—

-0—

-2—

-0—

-x—

-2—

Step 3: Good set of chords for one guitar:

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Guitar 1

Verse

Em /// | D69/F# ///

Chorus

Em9 /// | DMaj9 ///

These would be good chords to play if there was only one guitar.

chorus chords

Em9

-2—

-0—

-0—

-2—

-2—

-0—

DMaj9

-0—

-2—

-2—

-0—

-x—

-x—

Step 4: Here is a same chords arranged for a second guitar.

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Guitar 2

Verse

Em7 /// | D69/F# ///

Chorus

Em9 /// | DMaj(add6/9) ///

verse

Em7

-0—

-0—

-7—

-5—

-7—

-x—

D69/F#

-0—

-0—

-9—

-7—

-9—

-x—

chorus

Em9

-0—

-0—

-11–

-12–

-10–

-0—

DMaj9

-0—

-0—

-6—

-7—

-5—

-x—

As you travel along your guitar playing journey you will notice as you advance you will begin to think more like a record producer that a guitarist. you will be more concerned with things like musical texture, density and space.

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From Mike Hayes – The Guitar Coaching Guy & the Express Guitar System

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