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Beginning Guitar


Course objectives: Learn to play the guitar!
If you love music and want to learn how to play the guitar, this course is for you! You will start with the essentials of guitar playing, such as the parts of the guitar, the basic chords and scales, and how to read chord charts. You will also practice different picking and strumming patterns to make your playing more interesting and dynamic.

This course will help you build your guitar skills and confidence, and teach you how to play along with songs. You will learn the fundamentals of guitar theory and practice, and expand your musical vocabulary. No matter if you are a total beginner or a hobbyist, this course will help you take your guitar playing to the next level.

Don’t let your dream of playing the guitar fade away. Sign up today and start your musical journey!

Ross Hirzel

Instructor / Musician

Ross Hirzel is a 25 year old instructor from Los Angeles, but his favorite part of California is, of course, Sonoma County! He has a background in guitar, piano, and bass across a range of genres from blues to classical to jazz, but guitar is his main instrument, and he’s played since childhood. He loves the social aspect of playing music, and engaging with students is one of his favorite things about it. Talk to him about blues, jazz, classical music, or Jack White!

When you register for a class, you’ll be offered three price tiers. The middle tier comes closest to what our registration fees used to be, and covers about 50% of the full cost of your participation in the class – with the other 50% covered by community donations. The first tier creates accessibility for people with limited income, while the third tier covers the full cost of participation – so that we can use community donations to support other people’s registration costs. When you choose to register at the third tier, you directly help support the Center’s efforts to remove financial barriers for others.

The Sonoma Community Center (the Center) strives to create an inclusive, safe community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect. The Center is committed to creating such an environment because it brings out the fullest potential in each of us, which, in turn, contributes directly to creating a community of belonging. In order to ensure a positive, safe, and welcoming experience for everyone, all program participants are asked to abide by the following policies, community agreements, and restorative safety protocol.

September 6 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

DateWednesdays, September 6th – October 11th
Time6:00 – 7:00 PM
Total Sessions6
InstructorRoss Hirzel
LocationMusic Room, Sonoma Community Center
AgesAdult, 16+
Skill LevelBeginning
Sliding Scale$145 / $190 / $240
Financial Aid AvailableApply Here

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