Fiddlers, guitars, dobros, mandolins jamming in San Jose Rose Garden.Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association
acoustic jamming for all levels

Join acoustic musicians of all ages and levels at our First Sunday of the Month jam.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Annual General Meeting & Elections

Individually wrapped snacks appreciated

Hoover School Requirements:

  • Proof of Vaccination or Negative Covid Test within 3 days required
  • Everyone must wear masks while indoors 
  • Do not Attend This Gathering If You Feel Sick. 
  • Anyone who develops COVID-19 within 7 days after attending should notify me (president [at] as soon as possible.


Suggested Donation – $5.00 – more or less as you are able


  • In-Person Jam will take place at the Hoover School in San Jose

Live Jam at Herbert Hoover Middle School

Time: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Location: Hoover School, San Jose (at Naglee and Park Ave in San Jose)

A Bluegrass/Country Jam and and Old Time Fiddle Tunes circle will be organized. We invite you to enjoy a bit of both!

If you’re a beginner or if you’re just want to learn some new tunes at a slower pace, we’re also offering a Slow Jam to get you started:

Slow Jam: 1:30 – 2:30 pm 

A slow jam offers the opportunity to slowly play tunes by ear.  If you are more comfortable with the ‘dots’, please do bring sheet music.   Tunes commonly played are on the SCVFA website and in this document.   Print them or bring a tablet with the tunes available offline.

Annual General Meeting: 2:45 pm

Tune Exchange:  3:00 – 4:00 (starts immediately after the Annual Meeting

Learn a new tune by ear.   Music often provided after the tune is taught.   After learning the tune, head to the Open Mic and share it so all can hear.

Slow Jam 1:30 – 2:30

Due to very limited viewing, the Facebook Live feed has been discontinued.

Please join us for the in-person jam.

Jamming in the Rose Garden

Learn a tune for an upcoming jam!

Want to learn a tune you’ve heard at a jam or on a recording? Over 200 tunes are provided in Pete’s Tune Collection with easy to use midi sound files, standard music notation, and ABC notation.

Early Beginners & Slow Jam Tunes

If you’re just starting to play an instrument or would prefer to play at a slower pace, we have a set of popular tunes for you to learn or play along with. These are tunes you’re probably going to hear in our monthly Slow Jams. They are the same tunes often played in uptempo old time and bluegrass jams. So learn them slow and then check them out in Pete’s Tune list when you’re ready to speed them up.

Midi recordings, standard and ABC notation are provided for most of the tunes. The list rotates from time to time, so be sure to check back to learn more tunes!

Early Beginners   Slow Jam Tunes


If you like to perform, join SCVFA. Numerous performance opportunities come our way throughout the year such at harvest festivals, school events, senior centers, private parties and celebrations.

Enjoy this and other benefits when you become a member of SCVFA. Join Today!

Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association members provide entertainment at a private event.


The Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association (SCVFA) represents close to 200 members from the San Francisco Bay area — from Gilroy to Berkeley, San Francisco to Santa Cruz. And the big surprise: we’re not all fiddlers!

SCVFA celebrates the breadth of music traditions which are based on fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and guitar. “…traditional music constitutes the cultural heritage of our forefathers.”

We share a wide variety of styles including old-time, country music, bluegrass, western swing, Celtic, Scandinavian and other traditional styles.

Our music is played on acoustic instruments such as fiddles, guitars, banjos, mandolins, upright basses, accordions, penny whistles, harmonicas, dulcimers, and more.  Learn more about SCVFA.

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As a member you will be part of a long tradition of supporting and sharing live music with friends, the local community and beyond.

The SCVFA is a California non-profit corporation, registered with the California Registry of Charitable Trusts. We are classified by the IRS as a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3). Donations to the SCVFA can generally be deducted from the donor’s Federal (and often state) income tax. Consult your tax advisor about your specific situation.

We are also supported by our members through dues, individual donations and participation in our public performances, as well as by monthly Jam attendees and newsletter advertisers — particularly Kamimoto String Instruments.