Beginning Guitar 101 will take place on six Fridays, Oct. 5, 12, 19, and 26, and Nov. 2 and 9 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Maple Street School. Participants will learn to play guitar and play songs right away in an easy open G tuning, using several strumming and picking patterns. Participants will learn the open G chord plus three chords. Thousands of songs can be played with these four chords. This workshop promises to be fun and stress free. It is ideal for those who want to learn enough guitar to accompany themselves, for those who want a basic foundation to continue learning on their own, and is an inexpensive introduction for those who want to move on to more advanced playing through private lessons. Students will graduate with a repertoire of folk and popular songs. The registration fee is $95. In addition there is a $5 materials fee payable directly to the instructor at the first class to help cover the cost of making custom songbooks for each student and a $15 charge for those who don't already have a capo.
Beginning Guitar 201 is the sequel to the Beginner Guitar Workshops that have previously been offered and continues for six Fridays, Nov. 16, 23, and 30, and December 7, 14, 21 from 5:30 to 7:30 p. m. Classes will be held at Maple Street School in Manchester Center. Past students will fine tune existing skills and move to the next level. With hard earned calluses and finger dexterity, these students will easily transition into standard tuning, building on the chords learned in open tuning. This jam session style workshop will delve deeper into material covered in Level One, with more focus on finger picking and melody lines as well as simple embellishments that will make the advanced beginner sound like a pro.
Students will hone the many strum patterns covered in open tuning and learn how to apply these to songs, while gaining more repertoire to add to their Level One songbooks. This six-week course is typically smaller then level one which allows more individual attention. The registration fee is $105.
Make-up classes are available for both levels.
Deb Zaccheo has been playing guitar for over twenty years, performing at many local venues, solo and with other musicians. Her diverse style is the influence of many great teachers. She studied early childhood music education at the Center for Music and Young Children in Princeton, New Jersey, and took music classes at Keene State and Palm Beach Community College.
For more information and to register, visit greenmtnacademy.org or call Veronica VanDerMark at 802-768-8525.