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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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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Sharing Power! Open Mike Afternoon

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