ENTERTAINMENT

Guitar League to bring back live monthly meetings

May 11 gathering to feature Neil Hogan

Posted 4/27/21

The Phoenix chapter of the Guitar League will relaunch monthly live meetings beginning Tuesday, May 11.

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ENTERTAINMENT

Guitar League to bring back live monthly meetings

May 11 gathering to feature Neil Hogan

Guitar League members jam during a monthly session pre-COVID-19.
Guitar League members jam during a monthly session pre-COVID-19.
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The Phoenix chapter of the Guitar League will resume monthly live meetings beginning Tuesday, May 11.

The local chapter, launched by area musician Bart Marshel in November 2018, shuttered the meetings when the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but members are ready to play together again.

“We are excited to restart live meetings. Our members relish their monthly opportunity to play and learn with fellow guitarists,” Mr. Marshel said in a release.

The meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at the Courtyard Marriott West Avondale, 1650 N. 95th Lane, Phoenix.

Sign-in, registration and jam begin at 6 p.m., with the main meeting at 7 and breakout sessions at 8.

Prospective members’ first meetings are free, then membership is $75 per year for 12 monthly two-hour meetings.

“Bring your guitar; you’ll play it,” Mr. Marshel said. 

Guitar League was founded in 2005 in Syracuse, New York, as a “club” for members to share the joy and challenge of guitar. There are now nine chapters around the country, with more in the works.

The league idea comes from a baseball metaphor, catering to all skill levels including rookies, minors and majors.

“Guitar League was started as way to have fun learning guitar with new friends. You grow with it,” Co-Founder Jim Horsman said.

During meetings, a main presenter shares a mixture of performing and discussing their craft, something truly unique in the entertainment industry. Next, members split into breakout sessions for interactive learning and playing based on interest and skill level.

Each month, breakout sessions include useful skill development such as strumming patterns, alternate tunings, blues progressions, classic lead riffs, bluegrass and country riffs, chord options, recording techniques, songwriting tips, to name a few.

“Our members always come away excited by something new they’ve learned,” Guitar League Co-Founder Dick Ward said.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their acoustic guitar, capo and tuner if they have one. 

The May 11 main presenter will be musical artist and teacher Neil Hogan. Based in Los Gatos, California, Mr. Hogan is owner of Joplin & Sweeney Music, co-owner of TotallyGuitars and host of the International Guitar Camp in northern California.

He has shared the stage with national artists Laurence Juber, Al Stewart and Muriel Anderson, to name a few.

For more information about Guitar League, visit guitarleague.com. For more information on the local chapter and its events, click on Chapters, then Phoenix, AZ.

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