Social Distance Jamming

3 June 2020

It’s as if our metamorphosis is almost complete. Stretching our arms and breaking free of our tiny cocoons. The sun is shining and we are able to visit the parks and beaches for exercise. Getting out of our houses or apartments is liberating. It changes our moods and uplifts our spirits, just like music can change our mood, so can a change in our environment. We find ourselves hatching out into a new world. This means we need to look for new and interesting ways to interact.

So why not take your music practice with you?! Smaller instruments are ideal, a guitar or ukulele, a guitalele or bongo drum, so that you can carry them easily. If you sing you only need take along your voice for an acoustic jamming session outside! Find a quiet spot in a park and practice your guitar outside!

With the 10 person gathering allowance in Barcelona, it’s the perfect time to form a band, or put on a tiny rooftop or terrace performance.
So check the weather forecast, and plan your musical party! Invite friends who don’t have instruments and get them to sing along in an outdoor karaoke session.
We don’t advise you singing along indoors, so while we wait until we can enjoy the outdoor parks and beaches with friends and do some Social Distance Jamming, why not host your own Online Musical Party. Plenty of our teachers have been playing and performing with friends together online. Hosting a zoom party online is not too difficult!

You can have fun decorating your room to create that party ambience and then stream it online. Create your own online invitation. There are various platforms in which you can interact and make music together online. Or perhaps you just would like to do a live DJ stream and chat with your guests. Whichever way you choose, music and interacting with music can connect us in many ways! With just a little Googling you can find plenty of online parties to join. Many djs and performers have transitioned online. Why not join in with some friends via a watch party, or create your own! Here are some tips!

Which Platform Should I Use?

  • FaceTime: If your whole group owns iPhones or Macs, try using FaceTime. It’s a simple and easy tool to use. If you are on your phone, you make need a phone stand to make your party handsfree.
  • Zoom has become uber popular during the worldwide lockdowns. It’s great for big groups. And you can see everyone at the same time. If you have a paid account it works even better and you don’t have to worry about “uninvited guests”!
  • SkypeThis app has been around for a while. Perhaps even the original online calling platform. It’s perfect for large groups, and can be used on multiple devices.
  • Facebook MessengerIf you have a small group, facebook messenger works well. If you have a Facebook account, you don’t have to go through the hassle of setting up a new account and figuring out new platforms
  • Whatsapp: Whatsapp also works well for small groups. Similar to Facetime and Facebook Messenger, you may find that all your friends already have an account, so it could be easy to hang out together, the only problem is it only works on your phone for calls.
  • Google HangoutsJust like Facebook Messenger, the biggest perk of Google Hangouts is that you don’t need to make another account to video chat. Google Hangouts is free to use straight from your Google account.
  • Twitch TV : You can stream your online DJ set or concert via twitch tv. Or even stream your 10 person gathering and invite more people to join in online. Making an account is not difficult. Log in and set up a stream.

How to Host a Virtual Party

1. Send virtual invite

Virtual invites can be as formal or as simple as you’d like. You can send out a quick group text or if you’re feeling fancy, whip up a virtual party invite and send it out over e-mail. Use free templates for a fun image on the Canva app.

2. Plan together beforehand

No one wants to show up to a party unprepared. Just because it’s online, doesn’t mean it’s boring. Make it a reason to dress up! You can even make a party theme!

3. Designate responsibilities

Get people involved. Often the excitement of preparing for an event can be half of the fun. If you’re having a theme party, designate any tasks and responsibilities out to your friends and family. For example, if you’re hosting a virtual musical night, be sure that everyone has an instrument, even if they have to make one!

4. Let’s party!

Dress up, set up your camera (you can make your own phone stand) and get your party snacks and drinks ready. It’s time to have some fun!