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Jam Sessions: A Primer

What You Need – To Jam

Welcome to the first installment of many on the subject jam sessions! In this series I aim to cover all aspects of the jam session including setting it up, what to play, what you can do to improve your jamming skills and so much more. Stay tuned for what is to be a jam-packed series.
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My Musical Journey: The Altered Stage Chapter

by Eric Fitzgerald

About two years ago, I moved to downtown Chicago – the move was exclusively for work, and coming from Upstate New York, I didn’t really know anyone in the area. Without anyone to ask where to find a guitar shop to pick up some new strings, I resorted to Google to see if I could find anything nearby. Only about four blocks away, this place called Altered Stage was one of a few results. There was a picture of people playing guitar, so I clicked into the website. After reading the About Us paragraph, completely distracted from my original objective, I ended up reading through every corner of the website with wide eyes. This sounded like the kind of place I had always wished existed.
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A Dream Come True

by Chris Medici

I love music, especially rock and roll. I always have. When I was a kid, I would secretly listen to my brothers’ records. Music resonates with me unlike anything else.

Naturally, I wanted to learn to play. Over the years, I tried several times but I did not have the patience or discipline to stick with it. I even bought an electric guitar in college. And although I never stuck with it, I kept the guitar. I figured that someday I would learn to play.
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“You are next!”

“You are next!”

by Stênio Ferreira

As I heard these words and looked at the stage, my anxiety peaked. My friends were in the middle of their song, but I had gotten the call to start getting ready to go up the stage. I went to the side as instructed, and started tuning my guitar in preparation. Hitting the E string made me remember how far I had come since the decision, one month before, to join Altered Stage.

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