Guitar From Scratch | Feb 16-18, 2018


Guitar From Scratch | Feb 16-18, 2018


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Instructor: Susie Coleman

($190 tuition + $71 - $291 lodging & meals package of choice)

In this class, students will learn how to hold a guitar and a pick and a little about the instrument itself. We'll cover the most commonly used open guitar chords and try some basic strum patterns. We'll discuss what's important about timing, volume control, tone, pitch, sustain, and syncopation, and examine various roles the guitar can play in a body of music. We'll also play and sing some of America's favorite old tunes!

All students will receive a complimentary spiral-bound copy of Acoustic Guitar: Meet the Rhythm Machine, a reference guide with useful diagrams and charts, plus some songs to practice to help the beginning strummer get off on the right foot.

Class Prerequisites: We will work with first-position open chords only. Students should be able to wrap their fingers around a guitar neck. No one is too old or too young to give it a try!

Class Level: Beginner/Novice

Required Class Materials: Guitar (in tune) with fresh strings, tuner, picks, capo, extra strings, pen or pencil, a recording device if desired. There will be several instruments on hand if you do not own one yet. 

Susie Coleman is a lifelong singer and rhythm guitar player. She is the author of Fabulous Folksongs Every Girl Should Know, a series of songbooks for higher singing voices, and founder of its sing-a-long program called Folkslingers. She also produces the PegramJam Chord Chart Book, a fiddle tunes reference manual for Old Time players in use throughout the world. Susie has eight first place awards from the annual Old Time Singing competition at Tennessee's Smithville Fiddlers Jamboree, two from Indiana State Folk singing contest, and has taken first place honors at Uncle Dave Macon Days, Bluegrass Along the Harpeth and other regional music competitions. In addition to giving guitar and singing lessons, Susie is a web and graphic designer, and lives in Pegram, Tennessee. Learn more about her at

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