Swaha! Living through music provides peace of mind at your fingertips. Swaha!, Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon Swaha! Living through music provides peace of mind at your fingertips.

Portland, Oregon Swaha! Living through music provides peace of mind at your fingertips.


to a new way to create Music...

Much like a language, Music is best learned
when surrounded by fellow, fluent musicians. After years of
development, we are excited to offer you the world's first 

Swaha! Jam Experience.   

Drop-in for a class, become a member and have access
to unlimited music jams with passionate professional musicians who
want to groove with YOU.

For January, here's the scoop:

Swaha! Jam Experience

(aka: jams for musicians of every age and every level)



Intro Drop-In Special: $15 online. 

Register at mindbodyonline.com.

$20 at door.

Everyone needs a place.

A place where you can be a part of something, learn, and play a little music.

This is your place.

You now have a tribe of musicians, of all ages and all levels,

playing music Simply for the Love of It...

Click "Sign-Up" below to join a 

Jam Experience


Tracy Kim Joins Swaha! Teaching Team

(11/27/2017) Swaha! Studios is delighted to welcome Tracy Kim to its growing team of music teachers. Tracy is one of the most in-demand guitarists and teachers in the Pacific Northwest. He studied music composition and jazz guitar at the University of Oregon where he received his degree in music. Since then he has put his guitar virtuosity to work on a wide range of projects. Locally, he can be seen shredding with Portland’s favorite Gypsy Jazz ensembles, The Kung Pao Chickens. Tracy also can be caught backing up many of NW’s popular singer songwriters, such as McKinley, Pete Krebs, etc. He also performs and co-leads dark folk music with his band Common Starling. He co-wrote MTV’s Teen Mom “Get Away” with McKinley, and the song “Deep,” which was featured in NBC’s “Life” episode #109. He also co-wrote all songs and produced Muriel Stanton’s cd, “The Way You Love Me.” He composed and produced the score for the films, “Devil’s in My Coffee” and “The Good Lot.” He wrote the music for the TV commercials, “Maloy’s Jewelry Workshop” and “GC” and he wrote the music for the multi-media/modern dance performance, “Edgar Stories,” a modern ballet commissioned by Dance Theater of Oregon. Tracy’s passion for the guitar comes through when he says, “I grew up in a house filled with music. From a young age, I would be either listening to my mom play the piano or I would be blasting records. I couldn’t get music out of my head. I got my first guitar when I was eight years old and have had a love affair with it ever since. I can’t imagine living without it.”

Josh Cole joins Swaha! Teaching Team

(11/27/2017) Swaha! Studios is happy to announce the addition of Josh Cole to its teaching team. Josh has been in and around music his whole life. Starting with music lessons at a young age, and now having been in the local music scene professionally for over 20 years, Joshs’ understanding and love of music is plain to see and he shares that both on the stage and in music instruction. Through the years Josh has played with countless bands on a multitude of instruments, and this combined with his knowledge and strong communication has made him a successful music teacher in the local area.When not doing music, Josh can be found running sound for local theatre, producing podcasts or consulting on various creative projects through his company Ol’ Woofie Productions. For more information you can find him on the web at www.joshcolebluegrass.com

Meet The Committee

(05/20/2017) p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 18.0px; font: 14.0px Cochin} p.p2 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 18.0px; font: 14.0px Cochin; min-height: 17.0px} I believe that there are many, many, many facets to each of us. I believe that every single moment we have lived, every person we have met, every movie, book, song, food, we have experienced, has shaped us. We don’t even have to be conscious of it while it’s happening or remember it to be affected by it. In fact, there’s so much going on in every instant, we can be grateful that we have developed the skills of focusing on what we choose to and discerning what is important and what is not.  But over time, as experiences occur and memories are stored, perspectives are created. You know, touch a hot stove and realize that touching a hot stove is painful and not something you’d like to repeat. Or taste something delicious, and form the memory of feeling good while eating that particular thing and boom, you’ve got an association. Added in to all of those sorts of memories and associations are the locations, temperatures, other people, time of day and more that were present at the time of the experience. Add, like, millions of these together, and you’ve got a bona fide human life. A life full of memories and associations and corresponding feelings and thoughts and hopes and fears and dreams and and and. Instead of being all jumbled in a pile of experiences, everything seems to get categorized in very interesting ways. And things can be in more than one category. Like, the hot stove experience can be categorized as painful, and educational. The delicious food can be in the feeling-good and nice-summer day and home-with-the-family and sad-cause-now-aunt-elsie-is-dead categories. In fact, things can be in an infinite number of categories. Associations are endless. If you play the game that starts with a glass of water and ask yourself, “What does this glass of water remind me of?” and keep repeating that question for every answer you think of, the game can literally go on forever and ever. I love playing this game with people. One person might be reminded of a swimming pool which reminds them of summers 20 years ago which reminds them of apple pie which reminds them of fireworks, and another person might go from a glass of water to a river to fluidity to the cosmos to the flow of their emotions. Water, fireworks, the Universe. Ad infinitum. So we can never really know what’s going on in someone else’s head unless we ask and keep asking. We will never find someone with the exact same associations in the exact same order. We’re all snowflakes. Totally, utterly, completely unique and special. And in that uniqueness we are all totally the same. To the degree that we can recognize our incredible uniqueness and delight in each other’s totally one-of-a-kind perspectives brings increasing ease and wonder and adventure in life.  As I developed this ability…to ride on the awareness of all of our unique experiences and associations, I first had to get really acquainted with my own associations. The good and the not so good. The ones that lifted me up and the ones that pulled me down. Especially the ones that pulled me down. And as I started to wake up to the patterns of my mind, I realized the patterns had their own sort of regularities and personalities. I know, it may sound like I’m saying I have multiple personalities and hear voices in my head…and, well… That’s exactly what I’m saying.  I think we all have lots of voices and patterns and perspectives and personalities in our heads. And they’re all vying for attention. They’re all wanting to be heard because they all believe they have something very important to tell us. It’s quite precious really. More than that, it’s quite amazing that we’re all managing this rush of influences at any given moment.  I lovingly refer to these voices now as The Committee. Soon we will talk more about The Committee.  Like I said, all of these experiences and memories and sensations aren’t just stored as one big blob in our bodies and brains. Though it is easier for some more than others and easier for some circumstances more than others,  we humans have a really awesome ability to see things one way and then choose to shift our perspectives to see the same thing in another way. ​

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