If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar, just head over to the Albany Public Library. On Tuesday evenings for the next three months, the library is hosting Music Matters: Guitar Time, a series of free, interactive and participatory sessions, with time for one-on-one instruction as well as group playing. It all gets underway at 7pm tonight (April 1).
Bring a guitar if you have one. A few guitars will be provided for use during the class.
The first session of each month is a structured lesson taught by a local musician. The rest of the sessions in the month are practice times where you can work as a group or individually. Teachers focus on helping beginners get a basic grounding in technique, chords, notes, rhythms and styles. For teens and adults. No experience necessary.
All sessions take place from 7-8:30pm on Tuesdays in the large auditorium of the Main Library on Washington Avenue in Albany. For more information, please call 427-4349. Here’s the schedule:
How to Buy, Hold and Tune a Guitar
A chance to try out a variety of acoustic and electric instruments, get tips on what to consider when buying, and learn basic guitar tunings and maintenance.
Lesson: Tonight (April 1)
Practice Sessions: April 8, 15, 22, 29
Chords, Riffs, Basic Scales and Progressions
Learn basic guitar chords, barre chords and chord progressions, as well as commonly used scales and riffs.
Lesson: May 6
Practice Sessions: May 13, 20, 27
Rhythms, Styles and Picking & Strumming Techniques
Learn how to use a pick and fingerpick, as well as a variety of strumming techniques, rhythms and musical styles.
Lesson: June 3
Practice Sessions: June 10, 17, 24