In teaching people to jam using the Wernick Method we try to persuade people to either learn the music or better still follow someone who does know the music by following the guitar players chords. This requires learning to recognise the shapes of those chords on the guitar fretboard.
Music stands become a barrier between yourself and other players in a jam session and to the audience on stage.
The photo in this post shows what happens when you become dependant on reading words and music from a book while jamming or performing. Here the entire band has their nose stuck in a music book and thus has no connection with the audience.
This photo was taken at a recent Ukulele Music Festival on the Sunshine Coast by Harriet Tatham. You can read the article on the ABC Website.