There are three steps to signing up for Group Lessons:
Guitar Showcase now offers three methods of payment:
If you have a Free Lesson Certificate, congratulations! – Your purchase of an instrument at Guitar Showcase has qualified you for a free month of group lessons!
Hang on to your Free Lesson Certificate until you have contacted your instructor and received confirmation of your schedule. Once your schedule is settled, bring your Free Lesson Certificate back into Guitar Showcase and redeem it with one of our staff at the counter to receive your free month’s lessons.
Contact your instructor in advance with any schedule change requests. Your instructor may be able to accommodate you, but class schedules are tight, so this cannot be guaranteed. We understand that things do come up, but please try to anticipate your availability through the month before you sign up to ensure that you will be able to attend all classes.
SMI will do its best to accommodate scheduling requests, but students are responsible for attending their lessons each month: there are no refunds for missed lessons or incomplete months.
The online Group Lesson Contact form does not complete your lesson enrollment. You must receive schedule confirmation from your teacher and make payment before your enrollment is final.
SMI is committed to providing at least a month of guitar instruction to all beginning students. Due to overwhelming demand early in the year, there is often a waiting list of people wanting to take lessons.
We appreciate your patience and flexibility!
You will learn all the fundamentals necessary to play any popular guitar style - rock, blues, alternative, metal, country, etc. You will learn to recognize and play sounds you hear on CD's and to play in a band and create your own parts that complement other instruments. You will take significant steps toward the ultimate goal of any musician - TO BE ABLE TO PLAY ANYTHING YOU CAN HEAR IN YOUR HEAD.
You will NOT be forced to learn a lot of music theory and music reading (at least not initially), nor will you be asked to play songs that are too heavy on the cheese factor. Most of the example songs used in the class were radio hits, and many are still heard daily on Pop, Modern, Jazz, Country and Rock stations.
You will learn the fastest ways to develop excellent right and left hand technique and to develop your ear so that you can easily recognize chords and intervals, and you will enjoy learning in a relaxed environment where you are free to move at your own pace.
Unfortunately, there are no prorates on the group guitar classes. You can either take the entire month off or pick up the material for the classes you missed and try to catch up.
Be aware that if you are in a class that only has a few people and you take off for a month you may return to find the class has been canceled and replaced by a beginner class. SMI requires a minimum number of students in order to justify having a class at all.
No. Music reading is minimized to great extent initially, and then is only introduced when it is absolutely necessary to progress to the next level. Beginning students will be relying heavily on their ears early on, and will find that they can easily play all kinds of songs without any knowledge of music reading or theory. Theory and Tabulature/Standard Notation begin to be introduced in the more advanced classes, but private lessons are the best way to develop your reading skills.
You may certainly take one or more months off, but you may want to be aware of the following issues: