What we're about

This is a meet up group for people to gather, play music and sing in a fun, social environment.

MAGG Jam! is open to all levels of players and all types of instruments, including vocalists. The group was formerly the ‘Marin Acoustic Guitar Group’ so we tend to be guitar heavy, but we've changed our name to accommodate violin, mandolin, flute, bongo and other players who attend our meet ups. Electric guitars/amped instruments with small amps are also welcome at many of our events. At John's and Kevin's house a keyboard is available to play.

We have a tradition of holding a monthly acoustic jam which usually entails 8-12 musicians sharing songs, food and drinks in the house of one of our members. We hold other sessions on a semi-regular basis, which include genre specific nights, open mics and other formats. For example, past events have included an holiday open mic party, 80s night, a Tom Petty Tribute night and an evening with The Beatles. We play everything from the old Folk and Rock songs of the 60's (and before) to today's pop tunes.

Our group tends to be primarily intermediate players but the format enables beginners to feel welcome and is a great opportunity to learn fast. Expert and professional players have also been known to drop in regularly.

We strive to make our events as fun as possible with very little emphasis on getting your music right and a ton of emphasis on enjoying the evening and each other’s company. Since we often have 8 or more people playing together, the song choices tend to be (relatively) easy and composed of well-known rock, folk and pop classics - although other genres are often weaved in as well.

Within the group you will also find numerous other opportunities as we have members who attend lessons together, others are preparing for open mics or other performances and some hold private jam sessions focusing on specific interests.

Gatherings usually have 8-12 players and we usually meet on a Friday night. Bring copies of your favorite song sheets to share with the group to play. All kinds of instruments - guitar, mandolin, ukulele, banjo, steel guitar, bass guitar, violin, autoharp and electric versions of all have been known to show up. We sometimes have an electric bass player or a drummer which adds to the groove of the songs. Just a great time to be had playing music with musical friends. All in all, we strive to be a great Bay Area meet up for people who want to enjoy playing music with each other.

Upcoming events (4)

Party Like It's... 2009? - - - Contemporary Acoustic Jam

MAGG, Every person attending this jam MUST bring 3 songs to share that were released NO EARLIER than the year 2000. (I swear I just heard a collective 'GASP' escape from the mouths of nearly every MAGG member - 'as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror'...) Yes, we are throwing away all that silly 60s protest crap (besides, we all know you 'flower children' sold out, became Gordon Gecko capitalists and we will be cleaning up your mess for centuries to come ;) Also gone are the cocaine driven synths of the 70s and the pithy "music" of the 80s. It's time to get real, it's time to get current and it's time to have fun! So come on, find some good tunes from the past 20 years and let's play them! (if you bring 90s music, my bet is you can sneak it in...) In addition to the music, please bring a music stand, your favorite beverage and of course your chosen instrument(s). Most songs are brought in printed guitar tab format with enough copies to pass around 8 or so copies is good. You should also post the tabs to the message board so people can check out in advance. Be prepared to lead the group in your chosen songs. What to expect: Open to all levels, our jams tend to be laid back affairs with diverse tunes, opportunities to learn and fun community. We tend to congregate in a living room type setting with up to 10 musicians. These sessions tend to be mostly beginner to intermediate players with expert level (even professional level) dropping in from time to time. Expect a super casual environment with voluntary submission of songs which organically knit together through the evening. No pressure to get your chords right, or your vocals on key or anything of that nature. Just show up and enjoy! Instruments: Any acoustic instrument welcome at this session. Guitar, ukulele, mandolin, bongos, etc. No amps on acoustic nights... sorry (unless you want to play bass?) If for some reason you can't make it after signing up, please quickly change your RSVP to "no" so others on the waitlist get bumped in. Cheers If you can share in advance, there is a shared folder to upload your music here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=14eUBOtaH-znO_vyeMTaOPPqnOsgtOkuU

50 Years Later - 1969 - Acoustic Jam

Christian's House

MAGG, Our monthly acoustic jam sessions continue! On this night, we will be looking back 50 years to 1969. In January of that year, Richard Nixon took the oath of office, in July Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a month later Woodstock shook the Catskills... Please bring music associated with 1969... for whatever that means. Period appropriate dress encouraged but not required. What to bring: Please bring a music stand, your favorite beverage and of course your chosen instrument(s). Also, super important, please bring whatever tunes you are interested in playing (or learning). If you are at a lower playing level or nervous about leading, bring tunes anyway and we can work them out together and someone will jump in to take the lead. What's important is that you share tunes to keep our experience diverse and engaging. Most songs are brought in printed guitar tab format with enough copies to pass around (10 copies). You should also post the tabs to the message board (or send to me for posting) so people can check out in advance. What to expect: Open to all levels, our Friday night jams tend to be laid back affairs with diverse tunes, opportunities to learn and fun community. We tend to congregate in a living room type setting with up to 10 musicians. These sessions tend to be mostly beginner to intermediate players with expert level (even professional level) dropping in from time to time. Expect a super casual environment with voluntary submission of songs which organically knit together through the evening. No pressure to get your chords right, or your vocals on key or anything of that nature. Just show up and enjoy! Instruments: Any acoustic instrument welcome at this session. Guitar, ukulele, mandolin, bongos, etc. No amps on acoustic nights... sorry (unless you want to play bass!) If for some reason you can't make it after signing up, please quickly change your RSVP to "no" so others on the waitlist get bumped in. Cheers If you can share your music in advance that would be great. There is a shared folder here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1LvXpZF1xvzIraGhlUKupaxZtM8AFV5k_?usp=sharing

St. Patrick's Music Jam - At Kevin's House in Fairfax

MAGG, Let's get together on a Spring Saint Patrick's Friday Night and Jam! Bring your instrument and let's get together Friday March 15 and share some Irish and Celtic songs - if you have them. Of course, our regular playlist is fine too! This meetup will be at my place in the Oak Manor neighborhood of Fairfax. I live at 36 Mariele Drive which is about a mile from Sir Francis Drake. From San Anselmo, please follow Sir Francis Drake West through Fairfax to the traffic light at Oak Manor Drive. Make a right turn and follow to the top of the ridge, make a right on to Manor View and another right on to Mariele Drive. The house is on the right at number 36. Please bring a music stand, your favorite beverage (to share if you like) and of course a song! To facilitate playing together, please bring 10 copies of your song to share with the other players. This is open to players of all levels so don't be intimidated. There should be plenty of street parking. No smoking at my house please. Hope to see you soon! Kevin

Mid-Week Focus Group - ___________!
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MAGC, We're resuming our focus groups which as the name implies, focuses on a genre, particular band or some other aspect of playing. The format is slightly different from our monthly jams (see guidelines below). This particular meetup session will focus on ___________! Guidelines for Focus Group sessions: - Focused meetups are limited to 6 members. - You're able to play at an intermediate level or above. - To give us a fuller, more band-like sound different instruments are encouraged (bass, mandolin, violin, etc.), OR be ready to solo, OR play in different registers on the guitar. - We will focus on roughly 2 songs per hour (shooting for polish vs. quantity) This meetup will be at John's house, 56 Meadow Way, Fairfax (let John know if you need directions). Please bring: - a music stand - your favorite beverage (to share if you like) - One or two songs you want to work on (bring 6 copies to share with the other players). Possible future focus groups (suggestions encouraged): - A style (60s rock, blues, jazz, etc.) - A band (Grateful Dead, Beatles, etc.) - Personal goals (preparing for an open mic event, becoming gig-ready, etc.) Look forward to seeing you then!

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Mid-Week Focus Group - ROLLING STONES!

John's House

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