Have a guitar sitting somewhere, just waiting to be played? Ever wanted to strum the strings and make music, but think it's too hard for you? With a little practice, anyone can learn to play the guitar, so sign up for this class designed to transform your view of the guitar into the joyous, creative, and accessible musical instrument that it is. Learn how to read music, play the open chords that are widely used in guitar music, and gain an overview of basic music theory. You and your fellow students will help pick the pieces to be taught, so everyone will have a choice of music. Bring to class your guitar--acoustic, classical (nylon strings), or electric (no amp needed, but small amp OK). Required textbook (please purchase before attending class): Hal Leonard Guitar Method, Second Edition - Complete Edition, by Will Schmid and Greg Koch (ISBN-13: 9780881881394). This book can also be used for those who will be attending the Guitar II class.