Hum & Strum for Adult Learners

Class Name:

Hum & Strum for Adult Learners

This workshop is designed for adults who have a basic knowledge of guitar and chords.  Students will all bring song suggestions that the class will all strum and hum along.  No matter your musical preference - be it rock, country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, folk, you name it - we’ll explore how to play your song in a variety of different ways.  No matter your skill level, we’ll find ways to help you grow as you play in a group setting.  Come join the hootenanny! 


Matt Gerry


4 week class; Mondays Oct. 23-Nov. 13; 7:30 to 8:20 p.m.

Class Size:

Age Range:

18 and up

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 5guitars 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 4medium 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

·         Use of chords across several different keys

·         Reading of standard notation and tablature

·         Incorporating several different strumming patterns

·         Playing guitar in a group - keeping time and fitting in a band type situation

·         Bass guitar will be incorporated

·         Opportunities for electric guitar solos