Each course of Group Guitar Lessons will be scheduled to run one hour per week for 6 weeks (not including holidays or other days off).
In the event that one of these courses does not have sufficient participation, that course may be combined with another course and the class times for the courses are subject to change up to one hour. If a class is canceled due to a weather or health emergency, the class may be made up during the time of a later different class. CMC will not issue refunds if any CMC activity is missed or canceled due to adverse weather, health concerns, or other reasons.
Participants must provide their own guitar. Guitars may be either acoustic or electric with an amplifier. Bass guitars are also welcome.
Cost for one course of 6 once-per-week one-hour sessions:
Same price for either Beginner, Next Step, or 3rd Stage Group Guitar Lessons:
$55.00 CMC member price for one 6-week course
$65.00 non-member price for one 6-week course
Special Discount for Families:
If one person pays full price (either the CMC member or non-member price), then a parent of that person, a child of that person, a spouse of that person, or another resident of that person's same household may register for the same course with a $15 discount. The discount may be taken from either the CMC member or non-member price!
No charge for a parent (or other mature family member) without a guitar to assist a child with a guitar.
Example: A CMC member registers for a 6-week course and pays the full CMC member price of $55. Then that person's sister, who lives in the same household, may register for the same course for $40 if she is also a CMC member or for $50 if she is not a member.
Cost for a single one-hour session of the 3rd Stage Group Guitar Lessons (Drop In Jam):
$14.00 CMC member price
$17.00 non-member price
All payments should be made payable to "Community Music Connection".
3rd Stage Group Guitar Lessons offers you an ongoing opportunity to learn and practice your skills in a fun and friendly jam session
3rd Stage will:
Give participants a chance to play with a group
Be an ongoing and evolving program which encourages participants to attend as many times as they like
Cover all the concepts introduced in the Beginner and Next Step courses - plus more
Focus on playing songs including rock, blues, folk, and country
Introduce and teach songs suited to the group
Encourage participants to suggest other songs for the group
Assist participants at different skill levels to play different parts together: rhythm, bass lines, soloing, etc.
Help participants develop stage presence and confidence in performing in front of a group
Use open chords, power chords, and barre chords
Cover major and minor pentatonic scale patterns for playing melodies and solos in rock, country, and blues styles
Use movable shuffle patterns for rock and blues
Discuss how to find and play songs on the internet and how to find free guitar information and music resources on the internet
Include 12-bar blues and other chord progressions
Develop strumming, picking, and muting techniques
Introduce improvising and "comping"
Include practical music/chord theory including the Nashville number system and transposing music keys
Discuss bass guitar basics and using amps and effects