ive been going to a few around here lately.. singing pink floyd, various folk tunes on my acoustic, its kind of fun. but i can only go to the coffeehouse open mics for the time being though since im not 21, and seems like theres way too many people playing emo
i don't think you have to be limited to coffeehouses. there are ways around the 21 thing. you can have one of your parents be there ( yea i know, no parents allowed) or even have the bartender be your gardian as long as you are working there. check with the local police force on the conditions necessary to be allowed in a 21 or older place
I haven't been in a while but going to Jams got me back into playing. I turned up at a local bar with a friend (who basically dragged me there!) and sat in for a coupla numbers. The guy who co-ordinated it ( a keys player) asked me back down and I found myself doing the opening spot of about half an hour to get people warmed up. I'd then sit out unless they needed a guitarist and get up and have to pretty much learn the song on the spot! It really tightened my playing up cos I had to expect the unexpected when a key change happened and then they'd shout "SOLO" and I was off!
It got me started again after a 3 year lay-off back in 2001 I think. I'd recommend them to people who wanna get playing in a band cos there's always someone looking for a player at these jams.
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We dont have alot of open mics here..... but we do BBQ jams... bring some meat. a covered dish... and any drinks you want. along with your gear and family .. It becomes an all day event with some pretty killer stuff to enjoy.
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EMO seems to be what is popular lately...a lot of people enjoy it, but I've found that even more people (especially at open mic nights) enjoy a nice break from it because it is being so drastically overdone. Seriously, just learn some great classic songs to go in an play, stuff that everybody will know and enjoy, and you will be good to go!