What we're about
We are: "Musicians who want to jam with acoustic instruments, for fun."
The main jam for this group occurs in Sunland, CA
Next, we generally limit admission to the group to those who play music or sing. If you really want your sig/other to be at the jam, well... o.k.... Just bear in mind that if everyone did so, we'd have far fewer folks playing music, right? So try to keep your rsvp to just you... but if you need your sig/other there, maybe you can have them bring something really groovy to eat to the jam or some great wine or something. :-)
This is a diverse group, open to all types of music and all types of people, so openness and tolerance for diversity is important. We're all different; so is our music. Generally, however, music-wise, "Rock" is the mainstay. Old or new songs; it's all welcome. Folk is great, Original songs are great. If you want to play something a bit different, such as Jazz or Flamenco, there might not be nearly as many who can play with you, but you are welcome to play that when its your turn if you want to. People-wise, everyone who plays an instrument or sings is welcome, regardless of background. Sig/others are also welcome.
The experience/ musicianship in this group varies greatly. There are members who have played all their lives. There are those who are relatively new, but in order to be able for all to play together as per a "jam", an intermediate level of musicianship/ familiarity with playing with other musicians helps the group function as a whole.
We do not charge any fee for this group but ask at least two dollars' donation to help defray costs of running the group. This fee does not cover all costs- it just helps to cut down on them. Workshops, on occasion, or any outside events might necessitate a fee, but for the intended purpose of the group being the "Jam", we only ask a two dollar donation.
It is gracious that we bring something to share at our meetings, such as something to drink or eat. The jams can last for a few hours, so we take a break somewhat mid-way through to socialize and "refuel" or re-tune. A break can last from 15- 20 minutes, usually.
Share the music! It is helpful if members can bring xeroxed copies of songs for others- maybe about 4-6, so that people can share looking at the music. The level of musicianship usually is that there are enough who can pick up playing on songs they don't know. This is what jams are usually about- but for the purpose of sharing lyrics and including more of those who don't have such a musical level, it is certainly helpful to bring sheet music.
This group is a very gifted, sensitive group of which I have been most proud to participate in for over a decade. It is wonderful for those who want a forum that is very low key, low pressure, to work up their courage to play other places in front of people, or to just have a place to practice and feel the joy of playing with others. It is certainly joyful!
Any questions beyond what I have covered here, please do send me a line. Otherwise, join up, and hope to see you at our next jam!