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Introduction to Blues Guitar

Course objectives: Learn to play the Blues. 
Do you want to learn how to play the blues on guitar? Do you want to master the twelve bar blues, the pentatonic scale, and improvisation skills? Do you want to discover the legends of blues music and their styles?

In this course, you will learn the fundamentals of blues guitar, from the basic chords and rhythms to the expressive techniques and solos. You will explore the history and culture of blues music, and listen to some of the greatest blues artists of all time. You will also practice playing along with backing tracks, and develop your own blues vocabulary and voice.

By the end of this course, you will be able to play the blues with confidence and flair. You will have a solid foundation in blues theory and practice, and a deeper appreciation for this timeless genre of music. Whether you are a beginner or an intermediate player, this course will help you take your blues guitar skills to the next level.

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, 2023 @ 7:30 pm 8:30 pm

DateWednesdays, September 6th – October 11th
Time7:30 – 8:30 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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