Hi Guitar Clubbers,
I hope you've been practicing. I've posted Youtube videos showing how to play the Christmas songs that we've been working on. The first three songs (Jingle Bells, Rudolph, and Jingle Bell Rock) are here.
The next three (Santa is coming to town, We wish you a Merry Christmas, and Feliz Navidad) are posted here.
Also, I've created a sheet with a few of the chords from Jingle Bell Rock. Click Here.
Here's the chords and lyrics for We Wish You a Merry Christmas.
Guitar Club is held on Mondays from 3:40-4:30 in room 210. At first this will be geared toward learning chords and basic skills. If I have enough intermediate players interested, I'll split the group between my two rooms and give the intermediate group a chance to jam on songs and learn new ones. The focus is on learning popular songs, common chords, and how to utilize internet resources to learn more. I want to work toward opportunities to perform songs later in the year - maybe a talent show or an open mic event.
To become a decent guitar player, you should plan on practicing every day. Set aside a few minutes each day and stick with it. DO NOT EXPECT THIS TO BE PHYSICALLY EASY. Sorry, but the guitar requires developing hand strength, finger calluses, muscle memory, and coordination. You've got to stick with it. If you are determined, it might just be the best thing you've ever done for yourself - it was for me as a kid.
What to bring: You will need a guitar for this club. I will be playing an acoustic guitar. You may bring either an acoustic or electric, but please don't bring an amp; if you play electric, plan on playing unamplified or into earbuds. I would highly recommend bringing an electric tuner so that you can quickly be in tune and ready to play. You should also bring picks.
Having played guitar for roughly 35 years, I have been in many active bands, so I also want to help students with strategies for successfully accompanying other musicians. This takes cooperation, patience and tact, which you will develop with practice.