Unlocking the Guitar Neck: A two-session workshop

with Stash Wyslouch

Saturday, July 21, 2018


Unlocking the Guitar Neck: A two-session workshop

  • Acoustic
  • Americana
  • Bluegrass
  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • Instrumental
  • Roots
  • School of Music workshop


A two-week intensive de-mystifying the guitar neck.

Tired of being constrained to open chords? Wanting to find all those tasty notes and chords your favorite songs have, but don’t know where to start or how to break it down into bite-size chunks?

Through the use of a few scales and chord positions, this workshop aims to open up the whole guitar neck for a lifetime of musical exploration and wonder. Diagrams, worksheets and select repertoire will be given. Students will be able to walk away with a solid practice routine regardless of style and song-taste tailored to their own time-constraints. This workshop functions for the dabbler (10-15 minutes of playing time a day) or the obsessor (1-8 hours of playing a day).

Both single-note playing (melodies) and chords will be discussed.

Pre-requistes: Must be able to sing a major scale or identify it by ear(do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti), the names of the strings of the guitar (Lowest to highest: E A D G B E) and open chords (E, A, D, G, C, F).

This class will meet from 12-2pm on Saturdays July 21st and August 4th.

Please note: The Passim School of Music is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator.  

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