So last night I attended the second ever Beverage Jam. Now, as it turns out, it was entirely different than what I thought it was going to be. I didn't know that there would be people there who were actually good at, y'know, improvising music.
Now, as a classical pianist, I don't have the faintest idea about improvising stuff. You set some sheet music down in front of me, and I'll play it, but you start saying things about chords and inversions and that scary, scary phrase "jam session", and I have a tendency to freeze my face into a slightly panicked smile, while in my brain I'm running around, tripping over the chairs, flailing my arms around, and generally going to bits, because I just don't know how to do that sort of thing.
Or so I thought.
At last night's Beverage Jam (which was, it should be noted, my first ever "jam session"), I discovered that I was actually kinda okay at that sort of thing, which was rather amazing, because I didn't know that I could even begin to do it. Of course, I'm going to have to work on it, learn more about chords and inversions and that whole major/minor seventh thing and figure out what sounds good with what, but it isn't as scary as I thought it was.
So, thanks, T.R., and I hope that fate sets the next Beverage Jam not too far in the future.