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Guitar - We have both Acoustic and Bass Guitar

Introduction to Acoustic Guitar
This class, structured for beginners will assist you in acquiring the technique you will need to deal with the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic possibilities of the most widely played instrument of our time. How to get those favorite tunes from your ears to your fingers is the question we will try to answer for you. You will receive guidance as to how to make your instrument easier to play. Instructor Tom Elliott began study of the guitar at age ten. He has operated his own music studio in Ridgefield, CT since 1976 and continues to welcome committed students of all ages (age 6 and above). He has taught at colleges and private schools and also led his own popular music group as well as appearing as a soloist and in chamber music ensembles. He has been teaching in Ridgefield Continuing Education since 2015 as well as the Wilton Conservatory. Class size limited.

8 Sessions $ 171 (Ridgefield Sr./Disab. $ 152)
Wed., 4/24; 5/1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 6/5, 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at East Ridge Middle School.
: New dates.

Participants Need to Bring to the First Class:

Instrument Materials
1. a playable, tunable acoustic guitar with either nylon or steel strings. If you are in doubt about this or need to purchase a guitar, PLEASE email Ridgefield Continuing Ed at ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to get in touch with the instructor.
2. several extra heavy Fender style picks.

Text and Course Materials (these may be ordered online and should cost about $20)
1. the text for the class will be Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 (MB93200). Do not confuse this with the expanded version which is more expensive and not necessary for this class.
2. an inexpensive method book and a manuscript book (blank music sheets) will get us started in understanding the language of musicians.
3. a music manuscript book or notepad and pencil will be useful during the class.

Introduction to Bass Guitar
The bass guitar differs from the guitar in several important ways - it is tuned an octave lower, it is longer, and typically has 4 heavier strings. In this course you’ll be introduced to what the bass guitar does, how it is played, and its place in modern music. Michael Canavan is a musician with decades of experience playing and teaching bass guitar, guitar, and drums. Class limit 4.

These lessons cover:

Please bring your Bass guitar and a cable to class. The instructor will bring amps.

8 Sessions
Please call (203) 431-2812 or email ridgefieldcontinuingeducation@gmail.com to be on notification list for a future class.