I had to share this is a great post by Heavy from A Heavy Jamming Blog:
Please allow me to be a little bit of a modern hippie for a moment. I want to talk to you today about something that is exciting, emotional and almost spiritual.
The jam circle as I like to call it is a sacred place that is safe and free from negative thoughts and energy. It is the essence of jamming.
On the surface the jam circle is simply a group of musicians sitting in somewhat of a circular shape. They can see each other and hear each other. The circle helps to keep the energy from the jam in the jam and from escaping and being lost.
Within the jam circle you are able to freely exchange musical thoughts and ideas through a medium all of it’s own. There is visual contact by watching the other players’ hand movements, strumming styles and natural actions. There is obviously auditory contact from the music or even from chord changes being called out during the session. There is emotional contact from the shared ambiance in the room and the feeling in the songs.
This is a very unique way of exchanging ideas.
Check out Heavys blog. He has an interesting take on the way musicians create music.