How to JAM // Another Guitar Show Episode 16

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Welcome to Another Guitar Show - your 30 minute guitar lesson every week with NEW episodes every Sunday!

Today Andy and Thomas will be talking about jamming! We all love the idea of meeting up with friends, or band members, picking up the guitar and jamming away for hours... But how do you actually do it? The boys have some great tips in this episode.


Before tackling this lesson we would highly recommend studying and learning diatonic chords. This is the knowledge of what chords will be in a key. 

If you're totally new to this or would like more info, here are thew two things I recommend you check out;

It is also worth remembering that we actually want to copy ideas from songs that you like, certainly at the beginning. That is important to remember, as you don't want to try and reinvent the wheel from the start! 


The first jam the guys look at is in the key of D major and based around a soul style.  The actual chords Andy uses are D major, Em and G.

JAM 1 Lead

Thomas then improvises a cool lead line over the top and you can find the main lick tabbed below as well as the pentatonic shapes he is using.


The second jam the guys look at is in the key of G# and based around a funk style. In funk we are often borrowing from the 12 bar blues idea, taking dominant chords rather than major and minor, and playing the 1, 4 and 5 chords. In the case of G#, the chords will be G#7, C#7 and D#7. Remember that 9th chords are very much based on dominant 7th chords, with the extra addition of the 9th.

JAM 2 Lead

Andy goes straight for a rhythmical, low end lead line, which we've tabbed out the main riff below (he varied it a lot in the jam, of course, but that was the main idea, which is super cool). He is very much using the G# minor pentatonic, with the occasional major third thrown in. When Andy and Thomas break into some lead over the top, they both start to blend the G# major and G# minor pentatonic scales, in a blues fashion. 


The last jam is in the key of Bb major and in a pop style. Andy draws upon the 1st, 6th, 4th and 5th diatonic chords in that key, which are the Bb, Gm, Eb and F chords.