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Parks & Rec holds ‘Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy Adults’ Sept. 23

Posted: August 24, 2009 8:13 p.m.
Updated: August 25, 2009 4:21 p.m.
The city of Santa Clarita's Parks & Recreation department will feature Jason Retana teaching his "Instant Guitar for Hopelessly Busy Adults" class on Wednesday, Sept. 23 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This one-time, 2 1/2 hour class will teach the basics about playing chords on the guitar so students can start having fun right away playing their favorite songs.

Many young people want to learn the guitar but the time and money involved in taking private lessons keeps them away. With this class, Retana, an acoustic guitarist with extensive study and writing of film music, also loves to share his passion for music though teaching, and is able to give them enough information and tools that they can go home right away and teach themselves what they want to learn.

Many students just want to learn how to play simple tunes and they can start doing this right away. Others want to go further and he is able to point them toward the right materials to help them go down this road.

In the class he also discusses some of the common mistakes people make and the hurdles that prevent them from learning the guitar.

"If I can help students avoid these hurdles then they are much more likely to succeed," Retana said.

You don't need to know anything at all about music or the guitar to attend the class. This is designed for the absolute beginner. No one will be put "on the spot" or embarrassed. If you have the desire and the motivation to practice, you can learn this instrument. The emphasis here is on learning for your own enjoyment and having fun.

Be sure to bring your acoustic guitar.


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