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Guitar Jam

posted Oct 1, 2016, 2:42 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Oct 1, 2016, 2:45 PM ]
Starting next week, guitarists of all playing levels are invited to get together for an hour once a month to swap techniques, fingerings, styles, and to pick up some tips by playing with someone else as opposed to playing alone, etc. Anyone with a guitar is invited, whether they play well or just a beginner who wants to try and come learn something. It doesn't matter whether you want to play a liturgy or not.

This isn’t a rehearsal for Mass, it’s simply an opportunity to play with other guitarists. It doesn’t matter if you’re discovering something new, or sharing your knowledge with someone, everyone can learn a little, for as singer/songwriter Phil Collins says, “In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn.” And whether you’re a beginner or just keeping your skills in shape, playing with a group is fun! And it’s free instruction!

Popular songs and warm-up and improvisation exercises are just as likely to be explored as well as songs for Mass. Maybe you want some tips on how to practice more effectively, or how to play awesome licks? Perhaps you have some questions about scales or modes, or arpeggios? Klaus Crow says on GuitarHabits.com, “The beauty of guitar master classes is that they always give you new insights and make you aware of the infinite possibilities on the guitar.” So our emphasis is simply to encourage more and better guitar playing in a self-run master class type setting, where players can help each other.

Even though I don’t play guitar, I will frequently be on hand in case you have any questions about music theory such as rhythms, chord progressions, etc.

The monthly jam will be 3:30 - 4:30
PM in the Marian Center on the last Saturday of the month. (Sometimes it may be moved up a week if the last Saturday falls on a holiday weekend, so check the calendar or this column before you come!)