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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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