Why Even Non-Musical Folks Love Jamming Sessions

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Every month, my friends and I look for bars and restaurants where acoustic singers play. They do not have to popular. In truth, they can even cover other people’s songs, and we feel happy about it. When they have an open, we volunteer to sing while accompanied by the guitar as well. It is like an unspoken tradition that we all follow.

In such establishments, though, musically inclined folks are not the only ones you will find. Some people bob their heads to the music; others can merely clap or sway their bodies when the music plays. If they get invited to sing on the stage, though, they refuse profusely. And I have always wondered about that, you know? “If you love jamming sessions so much, why don’t you want to join in the fun and let people hear you sing?”

Upon talking to one of those non-musical folks, I have understood a few things.

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Acoustic Songs Soothe The Soul

Acoustics refers to songs that are played using a guitar, box, or drums. The sounds cannot fill an entire room like a piano; you may even need to plug it to an amplifier. Instead of a melody, you will typically hear beats.

While some people may not find that entertaining, a lot more individuals think that acoustic songs soothe their souls. One of the possible reasons is that the steady beats may align with your heartbeat, and it can make you feel good.

People Want To Understand The Song Lyrics

As mentioned above, acoustic singers in bars and restaurants tend to cover the songs that others have released. The genre can be anything, from ballad to rock to pop and everything in between. You may never hear about covers topping the Billboard charts or becoming more famous than the original. However, people still go there instead of buying albums at the stores. Why?

Well, most songs these days are layered with technology at some level. Sometimes, the producers add instruments; other times, they auto-tune to “fix” the singer’s voice. Although that is good for the market, the lyrics are not always audible. Thus, music lovers feel the need to listen to the acoustic versions of the songs, regardless of the original singers sing it or not.

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Everyone Wishes To Have Fun Without Getting Whacky

Wanting to have fun is a normal part of life. That is especially true if you have had a long week, but club hopping is not your cup of tea anymore. You want to go to a mellow place where you can drink, eat, and listen to good music without getting crazy.

Most of the time, people can find that mix in restaurants with acoustic players only. Rather than getting drunk on alcohol, after all, they can get lost in the songs. They can also meet like-minded people and perhaps become best friends.

Final Thoughts

Music is one of the many things that folks from different walks of life enjoy together. No matter what your reason is for going to the acoustic bars or restaurants, you should continue doing it, especially if it makes you happy. 


Why I Almost Stopped Learning How To Play The Guitar

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Playing the guitar is one of the hobbies that I have picked up during a summer break in high school. None of my relatives or friends are musically inclined, so I have not been influenced by anyone. However, I love listening to guitar solos more than anything, so I have made time for it.

The thing is, there were many times when I thought of giving up my dream to play the guitar properly. Here are a few reasons that you may be able to relate to.

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My Fingers Hurt At First

Most players deal with hurting fingers when they learn how to play the guitar for the first time. It is supposed to be one of the sacrifices that you need to make if you love the instrument. You can feel it from day 1 when you press the strings on one end and strum on the other end.

The tips of your fingers sting when you are not learning; they hurt some more when you press the strings again. It is as if you are trying to open a wound in the same areas. No matter how normal it may be, hurting fingers can genuinely make you think twice about playing the guitar.

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I Did Not Like My Callouses

Callouses come after all the pain that you go through for the first time. The raw skin hardens over time, building something like intangible protection for the soft skin. Thus, even if you play the guitar for hours every day, you may not ever need to worry about your fingers hurting again.

Although that should be a positive effect of having callouses, let’s not forget that I have a professional career, too. Playing guitar is a hobby – I don’t make money out of it. I work in the guest relations biz, which entails that e, I get too self-conscious and don’t want to extend my hand sometimes.

Learning Some Songs With Complicated Guitar Arrangements Got The Better Of Me

When I was learning how to play the guitar, I thought it was one of my hidden talents. I watched tutorials for songs that only had three or four chords and a little strumming. It made me feel like I could play anything after that.

Well, the complicatedness of some songs brought me back to reality hard. One day, I was an acoustic star. The next day, I was a guitarist-wannabe who could not even get through the first verse of a song without messing up. I knew that it was 100% my fault for skipping steps, but it made me want to stop playing altogether.

Final Thoughts

Did I end up avoiding guitars?

Nope. I continued learning how to play the guitar once I got over the issues mentioned above. I went back to square one, studied all the basic chords, and practiced songs gradually. As for the callouses, I stopped worrying about them after a while. It even came to my advantage at times, considering it turned out to be an excellent conversation starter.