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Beginning Guitar - Begins July 31st from 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM - Price: $144
Workshop Instructor: Sam Gleaves

This learnshop welcomes beginning musicians. No previous experience playing a guitar is required. Musicians who have some experience playing guitar and want to review the basics are also welcome to participate.
Participants will learn in this beginning guitar learnshop:
• 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.

Please bring a guitar that is in good, playable condition. All Singing Bird Music School learnshops 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.

Click here to view the complete schedule of events for this three day Singing Bird Music School experience.

• Location: Russel Acton Folk Center – 212 West Jefferson Street (All registered Singing Bird Music School participants will check in and gather at this location at 9:00 AM each morning. All registered Singing Bird Music School participants will leave from this location to their learnshop location. All locations are within walking distance.)

• Date/Time: July 31st, August 1st AND 2nd AND 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM (2:15 PM - 9:00 PM are optional activities.)

• Break: 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM (45 minutes) (Note: Lunch is provided and will be served at the Russel Acton Folk Center – 212 West Jefferson Street.)

• Total Hours: 16.5 hours of instruction (See complete schedule at link above.)

• Price: $144.00 (Includes lunch - If you have food allergies, please email info@visitberea.com with details.) (See Notes Below - Participants MUST bring their own guitar.)

• Age: 10 & Up (Youth 10 – 18 MUST bring a Youth Authorization Form, completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian, found at this Attendees Resources link.)

• Difficulty: Beginner

• Class Size: 24 Max

• Take Home: A good foundation of beginner playing skills, how to tune the guitar, how to play a handful of important chords and how to use those chords in familiar songs.

• Notes: Participants MUST bring a guitar that is in good, playable condition (one will not be provided). Participants that have food allergies MUST email details to info@visitberea.com.

• NOTE TO EDUCATORS: Educators attending this session will receive access to on-line cross-curricular resources, suggested classroom activities based on skills and concepts covered in session, and a certificate of participation for Professional Learning documentation.