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This is a group of working professionals (men and women) with a desire to play music with others, without the pressures to practice and perform at shows. We only play in the garage.
We have Jam Sessions every other Friday night.
The goal of the group is to create a pool of instrument players (drum, bass, guitar, singer, keyboard, etc.) which ensures garage band sessions occur every two weeks.
The level of players for this group is INTERMEDIATE musicians. A member knowing how to play three and four chord songs with rhythm is a perfect member.
Members will help select cover songs the garage band wants to practice and play. All songs will be cover songs ensuring all members know the songs and can play the songs.
Sessions are every other Fridays for 2-3 hours (~7 to ~9:30pm) at my house (3-car garage) in Brea, CA.
Rules at my house during sessions are simple:
1. This is at my shop, so please clean up after yourself including after using the restroom, and throwing away your trash. Please eat dinner before attending the jam session.
2. Please bring something to drink (including a few beers) as there is a refrigerator; however, getting drunk during a session will have you banned from this group.
3. Being rude to other members is not allowed. This group is all about having fun and to treat people as you want to be treated. Any confrontation with another player, including comments or actions outside of the sessions, will have you banned from this group.
4. No pets allowed. Doing so will have you banned from this group.
5. Don't bring a friend or friends to hang out. Only you should attend. Doing so will have you banned from this group.
6. Smoking is allowed outside the shop (a good distance away from the shop), and cigarettes butts are to be disposed of properly and not in my trash cans (to the dumpsters.) The shop is a smoke free shop.
7. No drugs allowed. Doing so will have you banned from this group.
8. Play too loud and not adjusting the volume down when feedback is given from others asking to do so, removes you from the group.
9. Drifting into another song while the group is trying to learn or start a song, you are removed from the group. Drifting is when the group tries to play songs together and a person plays another song so the group cannot start playing the song intended.
10. Singers - Our JAM sessions are not Karaoke sessions. Singers need to stay within the prime list which the group wants to play, so asking the group member what they know and expecting them to play it on demand is not allowed. If you are a singer in our group, you have the responsibility to focus on the songs the group wants to play, so take it as it goes to perform the vocals, and improvise vocals, whistling, clapping, etc. There is a timing element while signing with a band, so please guide the group through to chorus and bridges.
13. Song ideas during sessions. If you have a song you want the group to play during the sessions, you MUST lead and teach everyone the chord progression to play it. If the group is not playing it correctly, you MUST explain to everyone what needs to be done to make it better; however, if the group can perform it up to 80-90% of the original song, we have succeeded so let's have fun jamming to the new song.
14. Drummers end the song. When we play a song for a long time, everyone has a chance to play solos including singers. Even if a person messes up the solo, no problem because this is a JAM session allowing you to do so to get better at solos. That being said, the drummer needs to sense and realize when the JAM it is going too long or dying out to give an ending to the song. It gets boring to play a song when no one is singing or soloing after we already played the song for a long time. Drummer, please help us out by sensing the group is finished playing a JAM song, and give us the drum signal to end it.
15. Silence is golden. When someone is trying to speak, or teach a song, or give guidance to a song, or is suggesting another song to play, no sound should occur so we all can listen. This means don't play your instrument even if you are trying to learn something on the side. This is rude and is similar to interrupting others in a social situation who are trying to speak. Please, when someone is speaking to give guidance on a song to assist the group, DON'T PLAY.
And please remember this is a JAM session for intermediate players (ages 21 and older) and not a formation of a band to play originals or complex songs or perform gigs. The goal is fun which means playing cover songs that all attendees know and want to play.
Please continue to bring your own microphones and cords for your instrument to connect into the mix board.
Singers need to bring their own microphone and cords as well.
If you need a chair or bench, please bring it.
Bring extension cords for your amp and instruments. The more you bring the better, and if you don't use it, it easily stays in your car.
Legal Note: While you are attending sessions on my property, all liabilities to yourself, your personal property, your vehicle, and your equipment are your liabilities, and continuing to attend sessions while in this group, and/or joining the group, is your acceptance and confirmation of accepting this legal statement.