You’ve been playing guitar for a while and yet you feel that you’re not making much progress. You have people to jam with, but it never seems to go anywhere. Heck, half the time you're rarely able to get through a song.
You run through a mental checklist of everything you need to play with other musicians:
So why is it that nothing seems to take hold? You make an effort to get together with others to play, but it always seems to fizzle out, leaving you at square one, time and time again, looking for new musicians.
What could it be? Is it you, or the other musicians?
Here’s a simple test that may shed some light on a possible issue. Pick a small piece of music you enjoy and tap your foot while playing it over and over for about a minute. Make sure you keep your foot at a steady quarter note pace and, if available, use a metronome. Some of you may find that your foot taps along with the music you are playing instead of keeping a steady pulse. This is a sign that you have trouble playing in time which, when playing with other musicians, can make or break a jam session.
If you discover that this is an issue and are willing to take on a challenge, here are some introductory rhythm lessons that can greatly improve this aspect of your playing. Understand that, for most, these will not be easy at the start. But, if you dedicate focused practice time to the exercises I'll be sharing with you, you will make tremendous strides in your playing.
Hey, I’m Adam!