Play Well With Others (A Musician's Guide to Jamming Like a Pro)

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Beginning and intermediate musicians can feel welcome at any jam! Learn jam do's and don'ts, how to lead songs, transposing, and much, much more! Endorsed by nationally known musicians like Jim Beloff and Faith Petric.

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Martha Haehl has been jamming and playing professionally for over 30 years. Competent on 13 instruments, Martha is the expert when it comes to all things jamming. Mike Walker teaches beginning Ukulele and is a publisher and author. Mike made every mistake a new jammer can make, and wants every one to have this book so they won't make the same mistakes!

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Play Well With Others, A Musician s Guide to Jamming Like a Pro, written by co-authors Martha Haehl and Mike Walker, is a comprehensive step-by-step guide meant to enhance the fun of making music with others. Play Well With Others targets lead players, singers, and musicians who carry rhythm or provide structure by playing chords. The book is inclusive of all levels of musicianship skills and all styles of jamming. Haehl and Walker have written the guide to be a helpful tool if you re an experienced jammer, but want to fine tune your skills and branch into other styles, or if you have always wanted to join a jam, but were terrified of the thought. There are also several helpful tips for dealing with situations such as when to join a jam, or if other musicians decide it s time for a snack, or if you re done playing and someone changes keys. The authors point out that although their book is divided into three parts, it doesn t have to be read sequentially. If you already know the material in certain lessons, you can just skip to a part you d like to learn. Part 1 covers jam do s and don ts to helps musicians get a good idea of what the basics rules of jamming are. Part 2 talks about subjects like music progressions, transporting, and musical keys, and gives the reader a musical foundation for jamming. Part 3 deals with the nuts and bolts of playing music, and serves as a basic music theory reference guide. This final part includes common chord progressions, a table of major chords and their relative minors, as well as how to construct major, minor and diminished chords, and more. The pages of this book are illustrated with several highly technical, but easy to follow, diagrams. There are also several charming cartoons that give a funny spin to some awkward situations that jammers surely encounter when practicing this craft. Jam Busters, Train wrecks and several other pitfalls of the art of jamming are also exposed and dissected. Play Well With Others also offers several tips to develop good etiquette when joining a jam session, for performers and, to a lesser extent, for the audience as well. Throughout the pages, the reader will learn how to make artistic judgments, how to play in the style of the jam, what to do between songs, during songs, how to listen, how to practice, and much more. The authors also subscribe to the idea that being fit or unfit to tackle a jam session is not the exclusive territory of its flesh and bones participants. It also applies to instruments; don t bring a trumpet to a dulcimer jam, a flute to a bluegrass jam, or an autoharp to a jazz jam. Combining etiquette skills and technical abilities, and addressing many other sub-topics, the authors covered just about everything that s related to jamming sessions in just a little over 100 pages, and it s their hope that upon turning the last page, you should know enough to have all kinds of fun playing with others... and offer the audience and your fellow musicians a window to your heart. Martha Haehl is a math and music professor, a multi-instrumentalist and a songwriter (11 at last count). Mike Walker is an award winning writer and publisher who also plays the ukulele. In writing Play Well With Others, A Musician s Guide to Jamming Like a Pro, Martha Haehl and Mike Walker approached the subject from a unique perspective as they come from opposite ends of the musical spectrum, but it s obvious that they both toiled to exert an equal amount of love and passion for the craft of jamming. --Patricio H. Lazen, KC Tribune

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