Continuing Beginner Fingerstyle Guitar

Advanced Beginner Fingerstyle Guitar

Open Tuning / Technique workshop for Intermediate Players


UPDATED 8/20/17

6-week session
Saturdays Sept. 16, 23, Oct. 7, 14, 28, Nov. 4 with instructor Ed Sweeney

Open Tuning / technigue workshop is on Mondays Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13

Blackstone River Theatre will offer continuing beginner and advanced beginner STEEL STRING GUITAR classes with Ed Sweeney on Saturdays, Sept. 16, 23, Oct. 7, 14, 28 and Nov. 4 from 1:00 to 1:50 PM (continuing beginner) and 3:00 to 4:00 PM (advanced beginner). This will be a group class geared toward adults or teens age 14-and-up. Fee is $90 per student per six-week session. Minimum three needed to hold class. This class is open to continuing and advanced beginners who need help tuning, forming basic chords, changing from one chord to another, and learning basic picking and strumming techniques. We will review basic music theory, ear training, and approaches to song accompaniment and students will develop correct posture and hand position, identify the parts of the guitar, learn basic chords and single notes in first position, learn proper strumming, and more. Participants must bring their own steel-string guitar!

Blackstone River Theatre will offer an Open Tuning / technique workshop for intermediate level players with Ed Sweeney on Mondays starting Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 23, 30, Nov. 6 and 13, from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. This will be a group class geared toward adults or teens age 14-and-up. Maximum 5 students. Fee is $90 per student per six-week session. Student must be able to switch from standard tuning into a different tuning. Student needs a basic knowledge of chords and changing from one chord to another in rhythm. In this six-week session we will be working in primarily DADGAD and Open G tuning. Everyone will work on arranging melodies, harmonies and rhythms in a different tuning. Everyone will also work on ear training so one can learn to create different "voices" on the guitar. Bring your own ideas and questions and Ed will help with technique!

So we can be assured of meeting the minimum needed to hold any of our class offerings, BRT NEEDS PRE-PAYMENT AT LEAST 3 DAYS BEFORE THE START OF ANY CLASS (and hopefully sooner!) or we'll need to cancel at that time.
If you are interested in a class, please:
1. E-mail to pre-register and then,
2. Put a check payable to Blackstone River Theatre in the mail ASAP to: Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad Street, Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864