I recently reached out to my local Guitar Guitar store, asking them if they knew of any "Open House" Jam sessions that I could start attending ? They said it was a good idea and they were surprised nobody was doing it already... Flattering, but not quite what I was looking for. They did however tell me about this glorious website of which I am a now a proud "newbie"
Having spent most of this week trying to get my own profile photo added (Clearly I'm not Bill Gates) I have been reading some of the many introductions from the various other new joiners & to me its clear that the vast majority of us are simply looking for the same thing... To feel comfortable & confident enough to get up and do in front of others what we no doubt do every day on our own in the safety of our Man/Woman Caves...
I have been attempting just such an endeavour with a colleague from work. He lives very local to me and we have rented a small hall two or three times - It's been great to do BUT... at the end of the day its only the two of us & work commitments make it difficult to maintain consistency so...
In an ideal world I would like to create (or be a part of) something a bit bigger. Not two people, but five, or seven, or ten or more... An open house that runs every week. A regular event, where people can get over their palm sweating, chord/strum forgetting, voice losing, butt clenching fear of playing in front of others - strangers or otherwise.
As my profile suggests I am in Wimbledon. I figure there must be a hall or scout hut or some kind of venue that would be available for a night during the week (assuming of course Fri-Sun is family or whatever time) for a couple of hours...
I suppose in an ideal world the night could be changed if required or even for a period during a Sat/Sun if required.
I see a situation where people become regulars, get to know one another and once we're all past the point of being convinced
that everyone else is "so much better than I am" we might actually start to enjoy ourselves and learn something from each other.
Take me for example... I'm 42 years of age and I've been working in the city since I was knee high (almost). There's this guy who busks outside my local train station every Friday & I have to say he's very impressive !!! Now every time I walk past this guy all I can think about is that one day when I'm good enough (read Brave enough) I'm gonna join him for a day... He can keep the cash, I just want to stand there and enjoy playing !!!!
Anyway, This is why I've joined this website. To find others who are looking for the same thing as me. Very few people want
to be Keith Richards (except deep, deep down where they really, actually do want to be Keith Richards) They just want to be able to get past their nerves and play the way others do. To be able to enjoy what they've learned and not be held back by themselves. In short, to jump from the Top Board.
So to sum up. If you are in the area or near the area or can travel or have the ideal situation somewhere in between then hit me up and we can have a chat. If nothing else, then thanks for reading to the end at least.