As beginners we sometimes focus so much on learning new and crazy chords that we forget that our fretting hand doesn't actually make much music. It just sets up the music - the strumming hand actually expresses it. Expressive rhythm is far more important than a wide knowledge of chords. Thousands of songs have become wildly popular using just three or four chords...but NO songs have become popular which do not have an engaging groove or rhythm. Remember, right now and for the rest of your guitar playing life:
The number one job of a guitar player is to play in rhythm!
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All for just $119!
Why take this course and how much time does it take to complete?
Of all the amazing classes at NYC Guitar School, this one is probably the most vital to your success as a guitar player.
We get a lot of calls from New Yorkers who say, “I don't belong in the beginners class, because I've been playing guitar for years. What class should I go into?” we'd invite them in for an evaluation, and in under 60 seconds we'd ascertain that:
They couldn't change between basic chords in rhythm.
They'd been playing guitar for years. They knew dozens of chords and owned multiple guitars - but they couldn't play even one song all the way through, because they couldn't change between basic chords in rhythm!
Without a strong rhythmic foundation, these students experienced tremendous frustration in all other aspects of guitar playing. Sometimes they blamed themselves and became discouraged, not realizing they had simply skipped over a vital stage of learning guitar - learning to groove in rhythm! Follow this course, practice every day and you will take your guitar playing to the next level in just 10 weeks!
Do I need any previous guitar experience?
Yes! This class is for students who are familiar with basic open chords and strumming patterns. Are you an Absolute Beginner? Check out our Absolute Beginner class!
Guitar for Near Beginners is designed for busy people to reach their guitar playing goals. The book is available on Amazon and has, with the help of the best teachers in NYC, been a catalyst for guitar greatness in the lives of thousands of people.
Not sure if this is the right class for you? Check out our self-evaluation page!
We don’t merely teach guitar information. We teach people.
People succeed at guitar when they practice. They practice because they are committed. Their commitment is strengthened when their goals are motivating, when their pathways to achievement are believable and achievable, and when they are supported by other people who care about their success.
As teachers, we succeed when we help our students to identify and behave as guitar players. So we teach kids and adults fundamentals in the context of the music they are inspired by, whether it is Bach or Green Day. We break down long term goals into small and achievable steps. We give our students opportunities to hear others play, to perform, and to experience the positive role model of a teacher who excels in guitar.
Some of our students achieve great success in music. Others find a positive outlet, pastime, or experience which adds to their life. We are happy either way.