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Beginning Guitar

* No class on April 22.

This class will cover a glossary of guitar features and parts; how to put your guitar in tune; brief instructions on how to change strings; first position major and minor chords; correct, strain-free left and right-hand positioning technique; and finger and plectrum picking techniques. We will learn popular songs, and play as a group in the later classes as everyone becomes proficient. Includes many handouts and musical material (in tablature).

For course-specific questions, please contact instructor Al Bowers at

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.

Course Syllabus

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

March 18, 2024 - May 13, 2024


Mondays, 8:00 - 9:15 PM


Al Bowers
Al Bowers has been playing guitars for over 45 years. He's been in many bands over the years playing acoustic and electric, country, alternative, blues, Americana, Buffett tribute - you name it, he’s played in it! He has taught guitar for over 10 years ... more



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