Guitar Chords & Capos

Class Name:

Guitar Chords & Capos

This workshop will focus on helping you learn how to strum those songs you’ve always wanted to learn how to play.  Ever start playing a song only to run into a chord that you’re just not ready for?  We’ll learn how you can use a capo to help you be able to play just about anything you’d like.


Matt Gerry


4 day workshop- June 12, 13, 14, 16 from 11:00 to 11:50 a.m.

Class Size:

Minimum 4; Maximum 25

Age Range:

Ages 8 to adult. This class is for students with some basic knowledge of chords that want to take their playing to the next level.

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 into an amplifier during 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 or S.M. Hanson / Midwest music stores. 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

Capo:  Because this class explores how to use this tool, it’d be great if you could have one on hand.

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

Chords across the keys of G, D, and A

How chords in songs are structured

How to use the internet to find chord charts

How to properly use a capo across all keys

Common strumming patterns to use while performing across all styles