What we're about

We're a casual group of Portland/Vancouver area amateur musicians who get together to jam, make music, and have a laugh. We foster a relaxed, comfortable, and supportive environment, where everybody gets a chance to participate. If you're curious as to the sorts of experience you can expect at one of our events, you can check out our Youtube channel.

http://www.youtube.com/user/PortlandCasualJams .

We tend to schedule one large-group meeting per month, at a venue which can hold large numbers of musicians, where we like to include all level of musicians, and every different musical style. Other, smaller jam sessions are set up by group members, depending on their personal tastes and preferences, and there is a decent suite of online scheduling tools available to those members who wish to set up their own events and coordinate with other members.

This is also the scheduling site for Bad Wolf Music, a Portland-based music-coaching service for musicians seeking to move their personal music endeavors forward a notch. Bad Wolf Music offers a variety of workshops, seminars, and events designed to give musicians of all levels opportunities to expand their horizons.

Check out our calendar page for some of our scheduled events! Some of our members are semi-professional, some are just starting out, but everybody is welcome. Some of our members are active in the local Open Mike scene, and some are excellent resources when it comes to sources of other types of jam sessions. Here's looking forward to some great music!

Upcoming events (4+)

CJ Monday Studio Jam

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Mondays we're shooting for the deepest groove possible, synching up tightly in the studio and beyond. We're using technology to connect players inside the studio with players out in the world, via the internet, for the middle portion.

We invite musicians to come anchor a jam for the online world to follow!

Everybody is welcome, and everybody participates.

There is a $20 suggested donation for those who can afford it.

Please visit http://www.communityjams.org for more details on how to stay connected through music, and sign up to get our event updates!

CJ Monday Tuneful Improv Jam - 8 pm

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Mondays we're shooting for the deepest groove possible, synching up tightly in the studio and beyond. We're using technology to connect players inside the studio with players out in the world, via the internet.

During this workshop, we won't be using any already-known songs. Every bit will be improvised. Improvise simple melodies and lyrics, and help build each song together.

Learning to improvise tunefully and simply is a key to solid musical exchange, and a cornerstone of quality improvising. Leaving the audience with something they can whistle is the sign of a good musician. Practicing that type of creative skill in a supportive room is a great way to improve.

This Community Jams workshop is for musicians who feel comfortable working with standard songs and structures, and can follow and understand basic song structure and improvise along with basic Youtube backing tracks and the like.

It is aimed at musicians who want to explore a different type of live playing. A "less is more" approach and a group mentality.

Everybody is welcome, and everybody participates.

Come prepared with all the gear necessary for you to make music. Studio equipment is available to use on a first-come, first-served basis.

There is a $20 suggested donation for those who can afford it.

Please visit http://www.communityjams.org for more details on how to stay connected through music, and sign up to get our event updates!

CJ Wednesday Learning Jam

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"How can I play unfamiliar music in an strange group with a variety of instruments?"

EASILY!

This is the place where beginners start.

Wednesdays in the Community Jams studio are the nights for learning to play together.

We'll be using the bsteele Music App to navigate our way, together, through a pre-selected list of simple, easy-to-play songs. Simpler songs mean more time for playing, experimenting, and having fun!

You can find the list of beginner-friendly songs on the CJ website here:
http://communityjams.org/index.php/beginner-jam-song-list/

Singers pick songs, sequentially in the circle, and we all back them up and provide instrumental breaks.

Non-singers can choose to request a song by writing it on the whiteboard, letting singers see desired options for that jam.

In order assist beginners, those unfamiliar with jamming, and vocalists needing harmony assistance, each song will have the arrangement facilitated by the jam leader in conversation with the various types of instruments.

Bring your instrument, and any gear you require to amplify. Bring your own vocal microphone if you have one.

There is a $20 suggested donation for those who can afford it.

CJ Thursday 7pm Studio Jam

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Thursdays we're opening up the Community Jams studio for anybody who wants to try songs from any part of our bsteele song library. You never know what friends are going to request!

Come prepared with all the gear necessary for you to make music. Studio equipment is available to use on a first-come, first-served basis.

We rely on singers to keep things moving, and we rely on good song charts to help us all keep coordinated with strange songs and new friends.

Check the bsteele Music App library for songs you might wish to consider. This web app is linked from the Community Jams website at http://www.communityjams.org - or by visiting this link:
http://www.bsteele.com/bsteeleMusicApp/index.html#%255C0

Singers pick songs, sequentially in the circle, and we all back them up and provide instrumental breaks.

Non-singers can choose to request a song by writing it on the whiteboard, letting singers see desired options for that jam.

Everybody is welcome, and everybody participates.

There is a $20 suggested donation for those who can afford it.

Please visit http://www.communityjams.org for more details on how to stay connected through music, and sign up to get our event updates!

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CJ Saturday Willamette Park Jam 2pm

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