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Beginning Guitar 1: Guitar from Scratch

This class is suitable for true beginners as well as those with some beginner-level experience who are looking to knock the rust off and start learning again.

We will cover the basic skills of playing and maintaining your acoustic guitar—from tuning and changing strings to basic chords and strumming styles. By the end of the 8-week class, students generally have a good handle on the 8 most common 1st position chords as well as a handful of tasteful songs to sing and play.

No experience or music reading ability is necessary: material will be taught by demonstration and repetition. All you need is determination and a guitar.

Please contact the instructor at with any questions prior to enrolling.

Your Paypal payment serves as your registration. You will be contacted with more information about the class closer to the start date. 

*Class is located inside Mellon Hall, Anderson Dining Hall and Snack Bar, Woodland Rd, Pittsburgh, PA 15232.

*No class on March 7

Refunds, Pro-rates and Cancellation Policy: Refunds will only be issued if Calliope cancels a class due to insufficient enrollment. If that happens, you will be notified in advance and will receive a refund or credit within 30 days from the start of class. No refunds will be given to those who cancel their registration within 2 days before a class starts or after class begins. Classes may not be pro-rated; please plan accordingly. Confirmations will be sent approximately a week before a class starts via email (please specify if you prefer to be contacted by phone).

Class Dates

February 7, 2023 - March 14, 2023


Tuesdays, 8:00-9:15 PM


Ben Hartlage

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Ben Hartlage has been performing and promoting roots music in the local area for nearly 25 years. He has had the honor of opening for acts such as The Blind Boys of Alabama, David Lindley, and Jake Shimabakuru and... more



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Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15232