What we're about

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

Marin Music 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. We are also planning to set up an annual live event where members can have the opportunity to play in a live venue.

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.

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Marin Music Jam Meets on SATURDAY 12/10 this month

Christ Presbyterian Church

Great news! We have a new indoor location in Terra Linda for the winter months thanks to Timothy Larsen! Its at the Christ Presbyterian Church, 620 Del Ganado Rd, San Rafael, CA 94903

Bring your acoustic instrument, music to share, music stand, and a snack or drink to share (no alcoholic beverages)

Many are vaccinated but everyone must assume their own risk. Social distance protocols must be followed.

All acoustic instruments and low powered amps are welcome.

Let's make music!

All acoustic instruments and singers are welcome. Please check for cancellations before the event.


Please choose 2 songs from the wonderful "Jim's Ukulele and Guitar Songbook" www.ozbcoz.com Go to the guitar songlist here: https://ozbcoz.com/Songs/index.php?instr=guitar

There are over 3200 popular songs to pick from. We will use THESE songsheets for our jam. Post your two songs in the comments section below Friday before the jam and we will assemble a songlist for the jam. We will send you a pdf Friday night for you to print out or to add to your song app.

The idea behind this is to eliminate the need for printing and to keep us "on the same page". Most of these song charts are decent quality and can be printed to a single page with chord charts for common ACOUSTIC INSTRUMENTS. The charts have powerful customization options too. You can output songs to paper, pdf or chordpro format for tablets.

You can download songs from our 2021 Jams at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/12J7Is50FYK__4a-VodpoPXJMr8CQlVV_?usp=sharing (Chordpro format)

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_Fqg31fJTqYl2ZZyS7Zd_LvqSQcqktKr?usp=sharing (PDF Format)

Yes, you can still bring your own songsheets (minimum 10 copies) to the jam but please try to use this resource first.

Let's make music!


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Christ Presbyterian Church

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