As a teen I was totally unaware of the benefits of jamming. To me a jam was just fun. Sure there were good and bad jams but overall they generally left me feeling good. A jam was a chance to crank up the volume and feel like a rock star. Simple riffs backed with a bass player, drummer and second guitarist suddenly sounded amazing. But the real benefits of such jams wouldn't truly reveal themselves until later. When we jam we connect with other musicians which opens us up to new possibilities. This in turn connects us to other musicians. As our network grows so do the opportunities. Hendrix is a classic example. Jimi would jam with everyone and anyone in the hope that he would learn something new. He was hungry for anything that was new.