Acoustic Guitar 1: Basic Chords

CCOM 7400

You’ve always dreamed of playing guitar, and now is the time to begin. With Acoustic Guitar Basics, you will start at the beginning, learning how to tune your instrument, identify the strings and how to play basic chords. You will learn how to “count” music and learn to play in different time signatures. You don’t need to know any music theory to start this class, you will learn the necessary basics as we go along. We start right out with songs you know.

You’ll learn how a capo works, and how to find the right range to match your guitar and voice. You will learn basic right-hand strumming patterns, and how to keep time.

We work with students to find out what type of music you are interested in, and we strive to provide you with tunes you’re familiar with to get you started. By the end of this class, you will be able to play a dozen simple tunes with confidence, and you’ll be ready to branch out into more complex works!

Materials Required: an acoustic guitar, a tuner, a capo
Instructor: Sandy MacKay
Dates: (FALL) Wednesdays, September 20 - Ocotber 25, 2017 (6 weeks)
               (WINTER) Wednesdays, April 4 - May 9, 2018 (6 weeks)
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: Saint John Social Enterprise Hub, 139 Prince Edward St, Room # TBA
Course fee: $175 (+HST)

Instructor Sandy MacKayAbout the instructor: Sandy MacKay has been playing guitar for more than 30 years, and he plays a variety of other instruments including double bass, banjo, mandolin, piano and bagpipes. He is a performing musician, and also works as a session musician on other artists’ recordings.  His most recent solo work can be heard at

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