Surprise musician Dana Grant isn’t letting quarantine conditions interrupt teaching his students to play guitar.
Residents know Mr. Grant and John Faser from the workshop they host at Northwest Regional Library, 16089 N. Bullard Ave., in Surprise. The most recent one was an Eric Clapton retrospective back in December before coronavirus started canceling gatherings.
Mr. Grant also could be found around town at weekly open mics and bluegrass jams, but those, too, have been put on hold.
Also affected was his work with Guitar League; an organized community of guitarists of all skill levels sharing tutorials, knowledge, techniques and fun. Ordinarily, Guitar League’s Phoenix chapter meets the second Tuesday of each month at the Marriott Courtyard West Avondale, 1650 N. 95th Lane (pre-meeting jam and sign-in starts at 6 p.m.; main meeting at 7 p.m.; main presenter 7-8 p.m., followed by breakout sessions at 8 p.m.).
Since those gatherings have been put on hold her CDC guidelines, things have changed for Mr. Grant.
“I have had plenty of time on my hands,” he stated in an email. “No shows, jams, No Guitar League meetings, or open mics.”
That hasn’t deterred him from offering online instruction in the meantime.
His YouTube channel offers videos of everything from his tributes to Neil Young to breakout sessions in the form of the Guitar League’s breakout sessions.
“It’s actually been fun,” he added of the new format.
The channel is available at youtube.com/channel/UCksZfdB-e94uou-hR2q8IEA. He plans to continue the online tutorials even the Guitar League sessions eventually resume in person.
To learn more about the Guitar League visit guitarleague.com/phoenix-az.html, call 623-853-5156 or email PhxGuitarLeague@gmail.com.