Guitar for Singers and Songwriters
Learn to play guitar in weeks, not years.
That may seem like an audacious claim, but it’s not – you CAN learn to play lots of pop and rock songs within just a few weeks. And you don’t have to practice hours per day to do it.
Join Atlantic Records artist and advanced guitar coach Justin Leighton Long for a 6-week journey that will get you playing a song in the very first class, and playing almost any pop or rock tune you want by the end of the session!
You’ll learn how to…
- Play different chords without looking down at your hands
- Play all your favorite songs with just a few simple techniques
- Play and sing at the same time
- Improve quickly, even if you don’t have much practice time
- Make practice fun
- Discover how to play along with songs in the right key, even if you don’t know what a key is
- Recognize which chords fit your songs, even if you don’t know music theory
- Accelerate your songwriting by writing on guitar
Each class will include a new topic, group strumming, and the opportunity to play in front of the group.
An acoustic guitar, or electric guitar with small amp
Who This Class Is For
This class is for beginning guitar players.
Myths About Learning Guitar
Myth: Learning to play guitar is hard work.
Reality: Learning to play guitar is fun and easy – especially in a supportive group setting.
Myth: It takes a long time to get good.
Reality: It takes a long time to get great. It doesn’t take a long time to get good.
Myth: I don’t have enough time to practice.
Reality: If you have 15-30 minutes a day to practice, you’ll see progress every single week.
Myth: I’ll never learn all the chords I need.
Reality: Not true. Most popular songs use only a few chords and chord patterns, and even those that use more complicated chords can be simplified.
Myth: You have to memorize all the notes on the fretboard.
Reality: You don’t. It’s great if you do, but you don’t have to.
Myth: It takes a long time to be able to play an instrument and sing at the same time.
Reality: It takes a while to be able to play piano and sing. It takes a while to be able play drums and sing. But it doesn’t take long to learn to play guitar and sing.
Registration and Schedule
7 Mondays from 6:30-8pm starting June 21, 2021
Bring your own acoustic guitar, or electric guitar with small amp.
About Your Teacher
Justin Leighton Long is a musician, engineer and record producer who has worked in various styles including blues, country, rock, rap and pop. Justin was a founding member, lead guitarist and songwriter for the band No Address. No Address released Time Doesn’t Notice on Atlantic Records, with their debut single “Sadie (When I’m Gone)” standing at #11 on the Billboard Radio charts for 22 weeks. No Address toured North America extensively and Justin’s compositions have been featured in feature films and television series, as well as continuing to maintain airplay around the world, (as a fun fact) recently reaching #1 on the college radio charts in Bosnia.
As a recording engineer and producer Justin has worked for bands signed to labels including Atlantic, Elektra, Immortal, Wind Up, Curb, Blind Bat, S-Curve, Victory, Blues Legacy and J Records.