Guitar Basics Workshop

Class Name:

Guitar Basics Workshop

This is a one week workshop for anyone who is new to guitar. We'll explore everything from how to hold the guitar all the way up to playing a few simple tunes. If you're new to guitar, this is a great place to start! This is a multi-generational class, so parents can sign up to learn guitar alongside your kids if you like!


Matt Gerry


4 Day Workshop for ages 8 to adult- July 18th through the 21st from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m.

Class Size:

Minimum 4, maximum 25

Age Range:

Ages 8 to Adult. This class is for absolute beginners to the guitar

Materials Required:

Guitar: preferably an acoustic or classical guitar, but an electric guitar will work as well. If the student only has an electric, they will not be able to plug in to an amplifier during the group lessons and will be very quiet during class. Guitar needs to have relatively new strings and be able to hold a tune. Questions about guitar and string quality can be directed to the instructor, S.M. Hanson Music, or Midwest Music. The Stiefel does have 5 guitars that can be checked out during the workshop if you do not own your own. They are first come, first serve and a waiver must be signed making the student responsible for any damage. If you'd like to check availability, please email the instructor at

Picks: 3 to 4 medium gauge picks

Music: All music, including accompaniment tracks, will be available to students online. If the student does not have internet access, please inquire about having physical copies made for the student.

Course Objectives

*How to properly hold the guitar

*Proper fretting technique

*Various right hand picking techniques, including: rest stroke, free stroke, and using a pick

*How notes are laid out across the fretboard

*Basic rhythms, including: whole notes, half notes, quarter notes and sixteenth notes

*How to read both standard notation and tablature

*How to perform both with a group and individually