Watch the Rolling Rock online guitar lesson by Andy Aledort from Jam Night Vol. 2
Two artists whose music is always played at jam sessions and open mike nights are Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan - common territory for musicians of just about every age and every ilk. These two masters come together in the Bob Dylan songs covered so brilliantly by Jimi, such as "All Along the Watchtower" and "Like a Rolling Stone" ("Drifter's Escape" is pretty good, too). "Like a Rolling Stone" is a fun song to jam on because the verse section consists of a chord progression built from the harmonized scale; the harmonized scale is a series of chords built from the notes of the major scale (though any scale could be harmonized in a similar manner), and in the key of C these chords are C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am and Bm7b5. The only chords of this sequence not used in the song are Am and Bm7b5. The other fun element is the intro/chorus, which moves simply between the tonic, C, the fourth, F, and the fifth, G, leaving a lot of room for improvised interpretation.