Beginning Guitar

Instructor: Sam Gleaves

Location: To be determined

Price: $144 (this price includes 4 hours of classes each day, lunch each day, and more singing and jamming opportunities)

Age: 10 & up

Difficulty: Beginner - no previous experience playing a stringed instrument is required (See notes below)

Class size: 24 maximum

Take home:

Students will learn:

  • How to tune the guitar, play a handful of important chords and use those chords in familiar songs

  • The bass strumming pattern, the foundation of rhythm guitar playing in old time, bluegrass, country, gospel and other music genres.

  • How to accompany songs and instrumental tunes with the guitar and play with other musicians

  • Techniques to help make practice at home most effective

Notes: Please bring a guitar that is in good, playable condition.  All Singing Bird Music School classes will focus on learning music “by ear” (the listen and repeat method).  It is not necessary for students to know how to read music before they attend the school. Instructors may provide some chord charts, song lyrics, etc. but the reading of formal musical notation will not be taught.

Prerequisites:  This class welcomes beginning musicians. Musicians who have some experience playing guitar and want to review the basics are also welcome to participate.

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