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The Guitar Journey - The Vast World of Roots Music

Our guitar group classes are guided by the belief that developing musicians of mixed abilities and musical backgrounds can all benefit from a song-based approach to learning. Students learn new musical skills and techniques in the context of playing new songs together.

American Roots represents a broad range of styles. By studying folk, blues, and country repertoire, students will improve and broaden their instrumental skills and ability to play confidently with others. In addition to our planned core repertoire, students will have the opportunity to suggest a tune for the group to learn to play together.

By the end of the semester, students will have acquired:

  • confidence playing guitar in an ensemble
  • essential pick and fingerstyle techniques common in all American music styles
  • a new batch of fun songs under their fingers
  • an expanded set of chords, including dominant sevenths
  • an understanding of I, IV, V chords in common keys
  • the ability to follow and create a chord chart
  • the “how” and “why” of using a capo

Through individualized instruction in a small-group setting, each participant can focus on the techniques and skills that most interest them. By the end of the class, we will play together, confidently, on a handful of songs that span the breadth of the ever-expanding American Roots songbook. Moreover, students will have gained new ideas, insights, and approaches to playing with others.

Before taking this course, students should have a basic strumming ability and knowledge of open chords in the commonly used keys of C, G, D, A. An ability to play simple melodies/riffs with a pick is preferred but not required.

  • Age Group(s): 13-18, Adult
  • Ages: Teens & Adults
  • Instructor: Ira Klein
  • Instrument: strings
  • Semester: Fall
  • Duration: 60 minutes, 12 weeks
  • Day/Time: Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 pm
  • Start Date: September 23, 2021
  • Cost: $390
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