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Mass Appeal: Guitarists Invade Union Square 2013!

Mass Appeal Guitars: Guitarists Unite and Perform in Union Square NYC on June 21st

In Association with Union Square Partnership and Make Music New York, hosted and sponsored by Guitar World, Guitar Center, D'Addario and NYC Guitar School



STEP ONE: RSVP for the jam (it is FREE) by clicking the RSVP button on the top right of this page. You can also share this link if you'd like to help spread the word:


  • We've already started posting charts and tutorial videos! You'll find these by clicking the "more" tab above, and then "files" to download the songs, which will include songs by Florence + The Machine, The Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Lumineers, and more!
  • Listen to the songs and practice, practice, practice!  If you're available, sign up for one of the free practice sessions we've scheduled!
  • Here are the songs and leaders!

Lynyrd Skynyrd - Give me Three Steps: Paul Riario (Gear editor of Guitar World)

The Beatles - I Saw Her Standing There: Mark Stewart (Guitar Mash: Musical Director/MD, Guitarist for Paul Simon)

Judas Priest - Living After Midnight: MilitiA (fronts Judas Priestess)

Tom Petty - Free Falling:  NYC Guitar School/Brooklyn Guitar School/Upper East Side Guitar School and Queens Guitar School Directors Jen Elliott, Shane Chapman, Amy Molewski, and Ivan Orellana

CCR Bad - Moon on the Rise: Rob Davidson (VH1 Save The Music)

The Lumineers - Hey Ho: Led by Laura Whitmore (Guitar World/Founder of Women's International Music Network)

Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over: Led by Vanessa Malanga (NYC Guitar School staff)

The Beatles - I Want To Hold Your Hand (TBD - guitar student!)

STEP THREE:  Tell ALL your friends to either come play guitar with you or come and join the fun.

STEP FOUR:  SHOW UP at Union Square on Friday, June 21st.

  • Bring your guitar! There will be space for a couple of hundred guitarists to sit on the steps for the performance, but feel free to bring a chair or stool if you want.  Other optional bringalongs include a music stand and sunscreen!
  • Come at 4pm for exhibits from Guitar World Magazine PLUS extra practice sessions with NYC Guitar School.


Questions?  Want to volunteer?  E-mail [masked].  SEE YOU ON THE 21st!






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  • Fey E.

    Hi guys, if you're interested to be discovered and to have gig, I need your participation to jam with me in my show tomorrow Wednesday August 14, 2013. The show start at 7:30 pm until 2 am. It's open mic for all musicians and you'll get a chance to have a payment show soon if the owner will like your performances. Let me know. The address of the bar is 61-20 Roosevelt Ave. Woodside NY. The name of the bar is Metro bar. Just in 61st Woodside subway station downstairs. Contact me at[masked] 0196. Or add me in Facebook Fe Eugenio (Fey Eugenio). Or email me at [masked]. Remember, it will be tomorrow. Thank you.

    August 14, 2013

  • Vincent

    I had a great time. Saw friends I made last time and made new friends this time. Of course I leaned new songs to play. I can't wait til next year.

    1 · June 23, 2013

    • Vincent

      The day just got better and better. Got a t-shirt and people keep coming up to me and asking if they could take my picture. Meet new friends. Not to mention I learned great songs. As Ice Cube said, "It was a good day"

      1 · June 23, 2013

    • Subrina T.

      an NYC Guitar School celebrity!

      June 23, 2013

  • Yoshi S P.

    I have a great time, meeting new friends and TOTALLY agree with the statement "It always better to play guitar with someone"

    Another vote for having it more often! Say.. once per season? (4 times a year)

    5 · June 21, 2013

    • Subrina T.

      We'll see about that one! So glad you were a part of this one!

      June 23, 2013

  • Carme de S.

    Question....what happens after 7p?

    June 21, 2013

    • Subrina T.

      Well, what did you do after 7pm?

      June 23, 2013

  • Joel

    Was fun...

    1 · June 23, 2013

  • Ray

    Had a great time. Looking forward to the next one!

    2 · June 22, 2013

  • marguerite

    This was the most fun I've had in years. I thought that I wouldn't be able to participate much because it had been so long since I played the guitar, but everyone was so welcoming and friendly, that I felt like I had come home. Thank you!

    2 · June 21, 2013

  • Sharon

    Lots of fun. I wish it were more often.

    3 · June 21, 2013

  • Steven & V.

    Great to see everyone

    2 · June 21, 2013

  • Batja

    It was amazingly fun!

    3 · June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    rock on!

    2 · June 21, 2013

  • Yoshi S P.


    2 · June 21, 2013

  • Joel

    The day has arrived :-)

    June 21, 2013

  • marguerite

    I've been practicing all week. I only found out about this Monday! I wish I could join in on all the songs, but I can't get the power chords on the Judas Priest song.. Is there a tutorial you would recommend on how to form the power chords? It's probably too late now, so I'll sit it out, but it would be nice to know. Thank you for doing this! I can't wait.

    June 21, 2013

    • Subrina T.

      If you can get there at 4 today we'll definitely help you out in person!

      1 · June 21, 2013

    • marguerite

      Lauren, I will be there at 4. Thank you! I can't thank you guys enough.

      June 21, 2013

  • Jared W.

    I can pick up the chords when I get there... But I'll try to do a little research!

    June 21, 2013

  • Dan E.

    Can't wait!

    3 · May 4, 2013

    • Ashton G.

      Dannnnnn! :-)

      June 6, 2013

    • Dan E.

      Ashton!!!!! Hey, since we just learned Hey Ho, come on by and play it...

      June 21, 2013

  • Kathleen R.

    Not going to be able to play but I'll try to swing by.

    June 21, 2013

  • Jen E.

    Ready to rock!!

    June 20, 2013

  • Nesbitt L.

    You got my support. Even if I don't play with you all that day!!!!

    June 19, 2013

  • marguerite

    I just started playing the guitar again after a period of six years. I hope I'm not too rusty. My skill level is pretty low, but this would mean a lot to me if I could do it! Am going to try.

    June 17, 2013

    • marguerite

      Thanks, Lauren. I am not sure about my schedule tomorrow, but I'd love to come. I don't think I can swing it. You are doing a practice at 4 before the event, right?

      June 18, 2013

    • Subrina T.

      Yes of course!

      June 18, 2013

  • S. H.


    1 · June 17, 2013

  • Steve

    Hell, yeah! I'm looking forward to this! Now, hopefully I'll remember to tune my guitar and find good parking...

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • Vincent

    I was there last year, and I had a great time. It will be even better this year.

    June 15, 2013

    • Subrina T.

      Looking forward to having you there again!

      1 · June 16, 2013

  • Daniel B.

    I'm bringing my Captain America guitar and ready to rick out Union Square Park.

    May 22, 2013

  • Lori B.

    My 9 year old son is very excited to bring his guitar!

    May 7, 2013

  • Jay S.

    Greatest music event of the year!

    2 · May 6, 2013

  • Soraya

    I wait for mass appeal like kids wait for Christmas! Such a powerful event that is the epitome of the beauty of NYC! Glad to be a part of it!

    1 · May 4, 2013

  • Larry L.

    I'll be there!

    2 · May 4, 2013

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