What we're about
Our Meetups are a supportive gathering of guitar players ranging from beginners to expert players. They offer you the opportunity to build your skill level whether you are a guitarist or an aspiring guitarist/singer. Nervous about playing/singing in front of other people/the public? This environment will help you develop your comfort with playing with others.
Our jams are for fun. We try to make it fun. Ha ha! It's okay to experiment and to make mistakes at our Meetups. The flip side of this is that you have to be tolerant of others who do the same. Frequent attendance helps us all get better. We're looking for members who are as dedicated to progressing as we are.
At home, we each work on establishing our own personal playlists of songs to learn and practice in order to lead the rest of the group, and sometimes we choose to play through a song 2 or 3 times to iron out the wrinkles. If you have access to a printer to produce copies of your music to proffer to others, that would be thoroughly appreciated, and then we'd all be following on the same version of the song (along with any notation you may have added). As we establish our collection(s), we have USBs you can borrow (must give a $10 refundable deposit for each): one set that contains over 4,000 PDF'd songs (some numbers being same songs in different versions or keys); and another set of USBs that contain our Langley Lodge Nursing Home playlist and a Random Playlist that is developing from experience with members' favourite songs. There are 4 binders of each of the aforementioned two playlists that can be borrowed at our jam sessions; relevant chord charts have also been produced and inserted into these binders too.
Our typical meet up format goes, after we settle in and make sure our guitars are tuned, we all take turns playing (and singing) a song with accompaniment from the rest of the group. If you want, you can bring a laptop or iPad/Tablet to read your music from. Amps are optional too, as well as microphones. You Will need a capo and and a tuner too.
Courtesies learned about (copied) from similar groups:
Paramount items are NOT playing your instrument when we're discussing the material, NOT playing loudly when someone is playing an instrumental during a song, not playing out of sync with the group, or carrying on a loud private discussion while we are playing. If you don't know a song, just listen until you understand what's going on and then quietly join in. :-)
Questions? Post them under Discussions or message me.
Looking forward to meeting you.