Music Workshops

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Green Hills Guitar Studio offers music lessons to both individuals and groups of all sizes. If you’re interested in an intensive group learning experience to jumpstart your guitar playing and songwriting or work on your skills with like-minded musicians in a cooperative setting, contact us for more information.

We are currently offering several guitar,  songwriting and music theory workshops. They typically meet once a week for 4-6 weeks. We have also been offering one-time meetups on a particular subject. So far, we have delved into the process of songwriting, the creative process and getting un-stuck as well as music theory and beginning guitar. To receive updates and info, you can subscribe to our newsletter here as well as checking our events calendar.

Guitar I Workshop: Beginning Guitar

Beginning Guitar Workshop

12 spaces available

June Workshop with Sam Farkas

June 2,9,16,23,30.
5 – 6 PM

Cost: $150
12 Spaces Available.
We do have some guitars available if you need to borrow one.

Guitars can be provided if you don’t have one. Just let us know in advance!

This beginner’s workshop gets you familiar with your instrument, teaches you the basic tuning and hand positioning, covers reading basic music, and gets you started with a couple of songs. Join us solo or with a couple of your closest musician friends interested in learning guitar.

Open to all ages and skill levels, this workshop will start from ground zero and build from there. If you have played guitar in the past, had some lessons and need a refresher, or you are starting from scratch, this is the class for you!

All handouts and music will be provided.

What we will cover:

  • How to read guitar tablature
  • How to read chord diagrams, open position chords and fingerings.
  • Hand position and strumming technique
  • Strategies for smooth chord changes and transitions
  • The most common rhythms and strum patterns used in songs
  • Rhythm and counting whole notes, quarter notes and eighth notes
  • Playing guitar in different time signatures.
  • An introduction to sight reading in the open position
  • Alternate picking technique and finger exercises to help with independence and strength

Beginning Blues & Rock Guitar Workshop

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12 spaces available

This workshop is open to all ages and skill levels. It will start from ground zero and build from there, focusing on blues guitar skills. If you have played guitar in the past, had some lessons and need a refresher or you are starting from scratch, this is the class for you!

All handouts and music will be provided.

What we will cover:

  • The basics and foundation for beginning blues rhythm guitar and lead guitar
  • How to read chord diagrams
  • How to read guitar tablature
  • Blues guitar riffs and rhythms
  • Blues guitar licks and learning to improvise
  • The minor and major Pentatonic scales
  • The blues scale
  • Blues guitar turnarounds
  • 12 bar blues progressions
  • 1-4-5 chords
  • Learning to play by ear, jam with your friends and to your favorite songs and recordings

Songwriting & Creative Process Workshop

songwriting workshop

10 Spaces Available

This is for those unfinished songs. The ones that you are stuck on, having trouble finishing, and keep coming back to but don’t know where to go. Yep, those ones!

The point is, we all get stuck. We all hit a wall. This meetup is about addressing the issues that get us stuck, and keep us there.

Come prepared to share your verse, chorus, melody, lyrics….whatever you want and we talk about options and strategies to finish your song and gain clarity on the process.

This isn’t a critique or listening/performance opportunity. This is about the process of writing, exploring and finishing songs.

It will be a safe, constructive and open environment. No judgment, no anxiety, no pressure.

Just show up with what ya got (even if it’s nothing), and we will get to work!

Music Theory Workshop

music theory workshop

15 Spaces Available

Whether you have no experience at all or have picked up threads of information along the way, we will be starting from ground zero! This workshop is open to everyone: singers, instrumentalists & songwriters.

Does the thought of music theory make you feel anxiety and stress? Does it seem overwhelming? If so, it’s completely unnecessary to continue to feel that way! Learning theory is important and liberating. You will gain a deeper understanding of melody, harmony, writing and reading charts, communicating your musical ideas, improving your ability to finish songs, spark your creativity and boosting your co-writing skills.

Learning music theory is not as complicated or difficult as it seems. I have developed my own linear and organized system to help my guitar & songwriting students understand, learn and implement music theory. Just show up with a pencil and notepad and all the questions you can think of!

It all starts with knowing how to construct a major scale and knowing what notes are in each key. This is the foundation of the music. It’s the gateway to understanding the Nashville Number System. Don’t just memorize the information, understand it!!

We will learn how chords are constructed. What’s the difference between Major and Minor? What is a diminished chord? In the next class, we will put it all together! What chords are in the key, how the chords work together by knowing & understanding their FUNCTION!!

The next step is putting it all together! You will leave the workshop knowing how the major scale is constructed, keys and key signature, how to build the foundational chords/triads and what chords are in what keys and why. 

 
 

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