Guitar Workshop! - August 2020
Students will be led through an intensive one-month electric guitar class. Learn the fundamentals of popular songs through chords, melodies, rhythms, and essential fretboard technique. Knowing how and why musical patterns work will help you to teach yourself and develop a solid foundation. All levels welcome.
- Recognizing and playing common musical themes.
- Learn songs you like from a list compiled by the class on the first day.
- Tricks and tips for learning music more quickly.
- Being able to play with others.
- Build confidence.
- Easier memorization of pieces.
- Exercise your creativity as we write a song (all levels encouraged!)
- Electric guitarist's guide to tone and basic pedal order.
ABOUT SARA LANDEAU
I am the guitarist and co-songwriter in pop-punk-dance feminist band The Julie Ruin and have been a full time guitar instructor in NYC since 2003. My students are primarily one-on-one but I've also created "Chicks with Picks" group guitar class and full band courses for women. I find learning music theory fun, but won't force it on you (well, just a bit). I believe learning the fundamentals and ideas behind WHY songs work will help you to teach yourself and grow a foundation to build upon. Learning fom several angles in the beginning is essential - songs, patterns, a little theory, creative accidents - they all add up to you becoming a guitarist and musician. If you have gaps in your knowledge, we can fill them. I have a large library of educational resources and cross reference from several books and study materials. We will aim towards any style(s) you are most interested in. Students of all ages are welcome. Specialization includes adults learning an instrument for the first time.
The class will meet for four live online sessions on the following schedule:
Sundays, from 5-6 pm EDT | 2-3 pm PDT | 21:00-22:00 UTC.
• August 9
• August 16
• August 23
• August 30
Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the video recordings of the classes.
HOW IT WORKS
Students can connect to the online platform using a tablet or computer with reliable internet. To actively participate online students also need a webcam with microphone. The live sessions are recorded so that all enrolled students can review the class sessions following the live class. Class recordings will be available for viewing within 48 hours of the live class. The class is covered by the Lessonface Guarantee.
Beginner - Intermediate
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Sara is such a wonderful teacher! I haven't played the guitar in many years so I consider myself a beginner. She provided us with a well-rounded and comprehensive set of songs and exercises that have made me rethink the way that I want to play this time around. The workshop was fun and her teaching style is warm and engaging. Plus the Google classroom is a great and supportive platform to try the material and get some constructive feedback. I will definitely take another one of her workshops in the future!
Sara is awesome! What a relief to learn from a guitar PRO instead of a guitar BRO. I was skeptical about signing up for a group class, unsure of what level I am compared to other students etc, but I am glad I did. It motivated me to get back into a practice schedule with just the right amount of structure, theory, and inspiration.
This was my third course cycle with Sara and Lessonface. Thank you for the consistent instruction during these bumpy months. My technical skills are improving with the guitar studies, and this group is helping me keep a positive spirit. Learning hand technique was most helpful. Along with chords, scales + stylization. Easy-going + smart instruction — I love it!
TBH I was a little worried about how a not-in-person group class was gonna go...and let me just say, it was beyond awesome! I went into it an absolute beginner and emerged at the end of the last class as someone who is confidently strumming and picking up my guitar every day because I now have the foundation to have fun while I keep practicing! Sara did a great job of meeting us all where we were in our practice and not moving too quickly just to get through a basic and impersonal lesson plan. Instead, she took her time to let us work things out when we needed and focused on the skills that we as a group showed the most interest in learning. Thanks, Sara!
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