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Guitar Circle at Picturesque Helen's Park, Beginners & Rental Guitars OK. Sun.

  • Helen's Park

    7301 Stella Link Rd, Houston, TX (map)

    29.698580 -95.439537

  • Corner in far back of park.
  • Guitar circle at picturesque Helen's Park!  Acoustic instruments not excessively loud (no stick drums) are also welcome.  Both experienced and beginners are welcome--Beginners, please see details below.

    WEATHER

    If weather.com rain forecast for zip code 77025 between 5 to 8PM is greater than 30%, the event is cancelled. If less than 30%, event is on. If 30%, please wait for Organizer's posting.   Chen's phone number is two 81 eight 04 six 246.

    This week's songs are --from the Complete Idiot's Guide book below.  One of the players will usually bring song sheets, but please buy the book online to save us time and help with songwriters' copyrights. 

    We are more focused on learning from each other than a traditional guitar circle focused on playing many songs.   All acoustic instruments are welcome, except drums. 

    PARKING

    Bordering Stella Link library and YMCA both have parking.

    WHAT TO BRING

    1. Chair, if you play sitting.  Very limited numbers of chairs are available.

    3. Case or rain protection for your instrument. We'll be under vine-covered archways, which will offer some protection against light rain, enabling you to pack and rapidly go to your nearby car.

    4. Music stand with clips to hold sheet music.

    5. (Highly recommended)  Guitar songbook-- https://www.amazon.com/Complete-Idiots-Playing-Acoustic-Guitar/dp/0739067052/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476837964&sr=8-1&keywords=complete+idiots+guide+to+acoustic+guitar 

    Do not use other editions with a different cover image--they have different songs.  Chen acquired this for $7 including shipping.   Also available at Houston Public Library.

    6. (Suggested) Guitar songbook https://www.amazon.com/Beatles-Guitar/dp/079350581X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1476838096&sr=8-2&keywords=the+beatles+guitar.   Chen acquired for $7 including shipping.   Also available at Houston Public Library.

    7. (Optional) Tablet for Internet access.

    8. (Recommended)  Capo


    BEGINNER GUITARISTS, GUITAR RENTALS, PURCHASES, IN-TUNE-IN-ADVANCE

    This session is suitable for beginning guitarist, as well.    If you don't own a guitar, rental guitars are available for $8 for nylon, $11 for steel string guitars, $13 for acoustic bass.   We're working on how to rent guitars for take home as well.   The purpose of rentals are so that beginner can assess whether they like to play and how to purchase.    To rent guitar, send via PayPal amount to [masked] .   Or call two 81 eight 04 six 246.   Payment must be made in advance, because guitars are transported to location.

    Renting a guitar is NOT a right to receive tutorials or private lessons.   When few attendees come, we'll help, and fellow attendees always like to help.   But session's goals need to progress.

    Also, come with you guitar accurately in tune.   Beginners have caused 20 to 30 minute delays due to this issue.   Not having a guitar tuner or using online tuners that later fail, new strings (particularly nylon) that stretch, low-cost guitars that go out of tune rapidly are not excuses for this delay.   If your guitar can't be tuned within 5 minutes of start, we will progress without you, or you will be asked to rent a guitar.

    If in market to purchase guitar or rent guitar long term, contact Chen, Organizer, who has many at excellent prices.  He also has hand drums and accessories for sale.  If interested in crash course beginners guitar courses, contact Chen.

    EARLY BEGINNERS

    Early beginners are Required to take the immediate prior Meetup event:  Beginner Guitarists' Crash Course; Rental Guitars Available, starting at 1:15PM, same location, $30.    If you're uncertain whether you're an early beginner or beginner, please take the training, and if we assess you're an experienced beginner, your money will be fully refunded. See earlier Meetup event for details.

    Yo! 

    Join and collaborate in our facebook group.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/houstonmusicjams/ to help find band members and jam locations.

    Update your Meetup profile questionnaire for our group so others can easily find out your skills and what your seeking.

    This is a multi-Meetup event, so many musicians will be there.

    Chen Sun, WebAndNet.com, Houston Strategic Web Marketing 

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