Acoustic Guitar 2
Our acoustic guitar group has been formed by people who applied to join the original U3A Acoustic group run by Peter Gostling, most having seen the publicity arising from the Christmas fund raising for St Giles Hospice and the monies awarded to the group by the I Love Lichfield fund.
Because the first group already had ten members with no space for more it was suggested that we form either one or two more groups and a meeting was held in early January with Peter where he explained how to go about this. There are currently 12 people in the group with an even split of beginners and more experienced players and it was agreed early on that we would try to maintain the group as it is rather than split into two, although this might change as people become more proficient. Since we began, several players have purchased new guitars showing a high level of commitment.
We currently meet on Wednesday afternoons at the Methodist Church in Chase Town where we share the facilities with Peter’s Acoustic Guitar Group and enjoy our own rehearsal room.
We are having a lot of fun choosing the songs we can all play and sing and in two months we have tackled 24 songs with many of them now quite presentable and the more experienced players adding embellishments where they can. We issue hard copies of a new song each week so that people can practise and play it together the following week.
We have to acknowledge the help and advice from Peter Gostling who has not only provided access to his group’s music list but has also offered to tutor our beginners on an occasional basis. The beginners have also started to meet fortnightly at each of their homes to increase their opportunities to practise chords and songs we plan to play together.
As a group we all get on very well together, despite the differences in our playing skills which range from those involved in guitar groups in their teens, someone who is being taught classical guitar by a tutor and those who never picked up a guitar before last Christmas.
Our experienced players are always trying out and demonstrating new songs to the group which helps to give them an idea of what they could be playing if they persist with their instruments and can ignore their sore finger tips.
This is very early days for us but the signs of progress are there and it would be very rewarding if we could eventually take our music out into the community and help to raise money for charitable causes. If this doesn’t come to pass for whatever reason we are determined to enjoy ourselves in the meantime.
For further information please contact T. Reeves by clicking onto the CONTACT link at the top of the page and leave a message.