Let's Jam!

  • April 25, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Walz Properties

This group is for people who like to play instruments and or sing for fun. All skill levels welcome. I am generally thinking of this as neighborhood group for the Berkeley/Oakland area. I live at Telegraph and Alcatraz and I will host the first 2 jams just to get things started, then if anyone else in the area would like to host that would be great.

The songs will come from 3 sources:

1. Rise Up Singing. This is a classic sing along book with 1200 pop and folk tunes – lyrics and chords. I have 5 copies, if you have a copy bring it along.

2. Digital tablets and laptops. The good thing about this is pretty much any song and chords can be found on the internet. The challenge is that we probably need at least 6 computers/tablets for everyone to be able to see. This method will be somewhat experimental. I have one Ipad and WIFI access.

3. Xerox sheets. This is actually one of the best and easiest ways for everyone to play. If you have a song you want to play be sure to bring at least 10 copies so every one can see.

The Format: We go around the circle and each person either chooses a song or passes. This way the songs will be decided by whoever is there that evening. Music will wrap up around 10pm.

Instruments: Pretty much any instruments are welcome. Just singing with no instrument is great too. Electric instruments are OK as long as you have a small practice amp and don’t mind keeping the volume down to harmonize with the group.

Other things: I don’t have any music stands and am just planning to use the table as you see in the picture. If you have table or standing music stands, that might be helpful, and necessary if you stand to play.

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  • Chris M.

    Great blues last night - thanks everyone!

    April 26

  • Claudia

    Great as always. Thanks to all again!

    1 · April 26

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was going to say I want to make it Friday but have a work happy hour and two dogs that need attention at night so 7pm would be a press, so glad to know you're already full. I'm definitely in for future jam sessions. Was just shopping at the Whole Foods on Telegraph and Alcatraz tonight so I know right where it is.

    April 22

    • Chris M.

      Cool Greg, look forward to seeing you at a future Jam!

      April 23

  • Mary F.

    I have some music stands and hand percussion instruments. See you Friday at 7.

    April 22

    • Chris M.

      Hi Mary,

      April 22

    • Chris M.

      this Friday's Jam is actually filled up and there are other people on the waiting list ahead of you so it wouldn't be fair to let you jump in ahead under the present arrangement, which is participation on a first come basis. hope to see you at a future jam though - hand percussion instruments sound fun!

      April 22

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