If you have ever wanted to learn how to play the guitar or write a song, Albany Public Library’s free Music Matters workshops are for you. The sessions are scheduled for March 4, 11, 18, and 25 and April 8 and 15 (Mondays) from 7 to 8:30 pm in the large auditorium of the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue.
The March sessions focus on guitar playing and the April sessions are centered on songwriting. The classes are designed for teens and adults. No experience is necessary; the only requirement is a desire to make music. All sessions are free and open to the public.
Teens and adults will learn the basics of guitar playing and songwriting during this series of six workshops taught by local musicians and singers/songwriters Tor Loney, Ben Himmelfarb, and Kate McDonnell.
For more information about Albany Public Library’s Music Matters workshops, call 427-4349.
The Music Matters sessions at the Main Library are:
Guitar 101 – March 4, 11, 18, 25 (Mondays) at 7-8:30 pm
Students will get a basic grounding in guitar technique, chords, notes, rhythms, and styles. Participants are asked to bring a guitar, if they have one. The library will have a few guitars on hand for use during the class. The guitar lessons are interactive and participatory, with time provided for one-on-one assistance and feedback. Attendance at all four guitar classes is suggested, but not required.
Songwriting Workshop – April 8, 15 (Mondays) at 7-8:30 pm
Students will learn techniques related to all stages of the songwriting process. Participants will share songs with each other and create some new ones as well. Attendees are encouraged to bring any materials they would like to work on, ranging from unfinished poems or rhymes to partial melodies. Attendance at both sessions is suggested, but not required.
As a special bonus, local singer/songwriter Matt Durfee performs acoustic sets prior to each Music Matters session. Blues Mondays with Matt Durfee are scheduled for March 4, 11, 18, and 25 and April 8, 15 (Mondays) at 6 pm at the Main Library. These performances are free and open to everyone.