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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, strumming, and singing along. By the end of the 8-week class, those who attend consistently generally have a 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 tunable guitar.

Also recommended: a notepad and a clip-on guitar tuner.

Please contact the instructor at with any questions prior to enrolling and/or for recommendations on clip-on tuners, etcetera.

Classes are now being held at Winchester Thurston in Shadyside.

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

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

October 9, 2023 - November 27, 2023


Mondays, 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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