Why Should I Take Guitar II?

Posted: 13th February 2018 by Bruce Smith in General
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By Peter Risi, SMC Community Ed Guitar Instructor

People often ask me:

What should I do to continue my guitar playing after taking the Beginning Guitar class?

An easy obvious answer is to take Guitar II. This class is a continuation of the Beginning Guitar class offered at SMC Guitar II with a little looser guidelines. We cover some standard fundamentals in Guitar II that resume where we left off, however there is a little more flexibility open to what the general consensus of students’ interests are. Based on previous classes, the likelihood is there will be some additional note reading, scales, some deeper into chords, strumming, songs, and more.

I already know the essentials on guitar so why take Guitar II?

Guitar II can be considered a next step after the intro Beginning Guitar class level. It can also be thought of as a way for anyone who knows some basics or has been self taught that wants to advance their playing.

Motivation?

Another big reason is that sometimes people just need the discipline to help keep them motivated to continue playing. The only way to improve is to keep practicing, and sometimes the commitment of showing up each week for six weeks can be just what is needed to get over the hump to stay engaged to progress.

Peter Risi

Why bother taking the Guitar II class? Practicing is too much work!

The most important thing is to understand that we play the guitar for our own personal reasons. Some people play for a creative outlet, some because it helps them to relax, others for sheer enjoyment and pleasure, while others because they are more serious about learning. The main thing to understand is that guitar playing is supposed to be fun! This is a low-pressure class that allows you to put in as much effort as you can without overloading yourself. The only thing to be aware of is that you only get out of it what effort you put in — so the pressure will only be what you put on yourself. The attitude should be that you are there to get as much out of the class as you can while attending.

Peter Risi has been playing the guitar for over 35 years and has a Bachelor’s degree in music from Mercy College in New York. He’s also a professional musician with writing, performing, teaching and recording experience. You can hear some of Pete’s original music at Reverbnation and iTunes.

He will teach Beginning Guitar starting Feb. 24 and Guitar II starting Feb. 20.

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