Meet, Mingle, Jam! You'll be having so much fun you won't even realize that you are getting better at guitar.
NYCGS teacher Eliane Delage has founded Happy Hour Guitar, a guided jam that allows beginners and intermediate guitar players to practice their basic chords and strumming patterns by strumming along to a great selection of songs on her specially created big screen Guitaraoke videos!
It isn't just a fun way to practice guitar--it is a way to meet and make new music friends. It is a BYOB Happy Hour, so feel free to bring your favorite beer, wine or beverage of your choice.
There will be a playlist for each evening with a brief explanation about chords and the strumming before each song. The playlist will run once as a collective jam, after that, each member will get a choice of a song to play solo on an electric guitar in front of the group! You're not required to play in front of the group but it sure is great fun and an opportunity to shine!
Sessions will be held every Friday from 5:30 to 8:30pm. You don't have to commit to every Friday, and the jams are not sequential.
Acoustic guitars (even lefty!) and capos are provided. There will be cups, a wine/beer opener and ice on site.
HAPPY HOUR GUITAR FAQ's
WHAT IS HAPPY HOUR GUITAR? Happy Hour Guitar is a guided jam where you'll practice guitar using GUITARAOKE videos. (Registration at the bottom of this page.)
WHAT IS A GUITARAOKE VIDEO? It is karaoke for guitar - the words and chord charts flash on the screen at the the precise time you need to play them. They songs have vocals, bass, drums, and keys, but no guitars on the tracks. You provide the guitar accompaniment.
CAN I BUY A GUITARAOKE VIDEO? Absolutely not! The videos are currently used for Happy Hour Guitar only.
I PLAY THE UKELELE, CAN I JOIN? YES! Ukulele's are most welcome!
CAN I BRING MY BASS TO THE JAM? YES, you can!
WHO CAN JOIN? ADULT Guitar, Ukulele, and Bass players.
CAN I BRING MY OWN BEER OR WINE TO THE JAM? YES. This is a BYOB jam! There will be ice, cups, and a bottle opener on site.
I AM A BEGINNER, CAN I PARTICIPATE? YES! Happy Hour Guitar is primarily for beginners, however, intermediate and advanced players are always welcome.
HOW MANY CHORDS DO I NEED TO KNOW? You'll have a good time even if you know as little as 3 chords: G, C, and D OR G, D, and A7. You'll have a great time if you know 5 chords: G, D, C, Em, and A. And you'll have an amazing time if you know these 10 chords: G, D, C, Am, Em, F, A, E, B7, AND Bm.
I AM TERRIFIED OF THE F CHORD, CAN I STILL COME? A word about the F chord: There are several different ways to play an F chord, and in most cases, they all work: short barred F, short simple F, Fmaj7, F6/9, F5 (aka F power chord) or full barred F.
THE SONG I WANT TO PLAY HAS ALL CHORDS THAT I KNOW, EXCEPT Bm. AM I GOING TO BE OK? You'll definitely be ok! It's a great opportunity to learn a new chord, but you can also skip Bm if you're working on mastering other chord changes in the song.
WHAT IF THE SONG HAS CHORDS LIKE Em7 OR Amaj7 OR D7/9#? The numbers on the chords are tensions (additional notes) that make the chords sound extra awesome, but you can certainly play the root chord until you master the new shapes. EXAMPLES:
For Em7, you can play Em
For Amaj7, A can be played instead
For D7/9#, D7 or D can be played
DO I HAVE TO BRING MY OWN GUITAR? NO! NYC Guitar School will have guitars available, even lefties!
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? $25 FOR ONE SESSION $90 FOR A SET OF 4 SESSIONS $150 FOR A SET OF 8 SESSIONS
THIS A CLASS? NO, it is a practice jam meant to improve your guitar playing and chord knowledge.
HOW DO I JOIN? To sign up for Happy Hour Guitaraoke, you can call the NYC Guitar School office at (646) 485-7244 or stop by our office at 251 W. 30th St. on the 11th floor!
WHEN DOES IT HAPPEN? Fridays 5:30-8:30PM.
HOW LONG IS THE SESSION? The jam runs for 3 hours.
Important Info, Details, Refund and Cancellation Policy:
We hope you'll love Happy Hour Guitar, but please note that your Happy Hour Passes will EXPIRE four months from the date of purchase. If for some reason you cannot use all of your sessions within 4 months, you can request a 50% refund before the end of the 4 months.
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