Guitar Center offers free lesson for beginners

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- If you've ever wanted to learn guitar, you can try out a lesson for free through Guitar Center's Music Mentor Workshops.

"If you don't know anything about guitar we'll get you started," said Raleigh Guitar Center Store Manager Nick Harris. "At least, we'll teach you how to hold it, how to strum out a few chords. Ideally, by the end of it, if you've never played a song, you'll still be playing one by the time you leave."

The free classes are offered Saturday mornings at 10:15 a.m. and every other Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

Eighteen-year old Matthew Goodson has taken advantage of the lessons at the Guitar Center in Raleigh and has some advice for new students.

"I'd say get through the first month because once you get through that first month and you learn the basics, you learn that finger strength, it gets so much easier," he said. "It's all natural."

The lessons can vary.

"We do either recording or guitar or occasionally ukulele," Harris said. "We've had people as young as 3 and as old as 80 in here trying it out."

Students can bring their own guitar or borrow one from Guitar Center. Those who play guitar say just show up with an open mind.

"Once you grab the guitar and start playing, usually it's just have fun," Harris said. "That's all you need to know."

"Every time you pick up the guitar, you'll be learning something new and it keeps it interesting," Goodson said.

Guitar Center's free Music Mentor Workshops offered at locations across the country, click here.

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