Guitar Camps in July

Girl Learning GuitarIf there’s anything that comes to mind when people think of Bakersfield and music, it involves a special sound crafted by pioneers in the country music industry, most notably the late Buck Owens.  Even today, if you drive by the Crystal Palace off Highway 99, you’ll see the icon that made Owens such a respected name in the world of music: a guitar.

With the weather reaching triple digits in the Valley, it means that it’s almost time for California Keyboards’ annual Guitar Camps. This year, we will hold two separate camps on the following dates:

Camp 1 is for students age 6-12 and will take place July 8-12.
Camp 2 is for students age 12 and older and will take place July 15-19.

Students will learn the fundamentals of basic guitar playing, such as picking, tuning, hand position, and ear training.  An orientation of the instrument will be provided as well.  At the end of the week, there will be an opportunity for the students to show off their new skills before an audience of thousands of people (okay, parents).

It doesn’t matter if you have an acoustic or electric guitar–bring it with you.  We’ll get you set up!  And if you don’t have a guitar, don’t fret–at the end of the week, you’ll have a brand new one to call your own!

Instructor Steven Laity will be teaching the class for the second year and looks forward to seeing you there!

The cost for the camp is $149 if you have a guitar and $199 if you don’t (but you get a brand-new one).  Classes will meet at the store, located at 100 Oak Street in Bakersfield, from 9-11 AM each day.

You can sign up by visiting the store, calling (661) 327-5397, or simply filling out the online form located here or under the ‘Music Lessons’ header above.

Music Lessons – Always In Season

We talk about music lessons around here quite a bit.  And for good reason!  Since countless articles and journals have extolled the virtues of taking lessons at an early age, we’ll skip those for now.  It is important to note, however, that adults consistently desire to take lessons and find themselves enjoying them once they begin.

It doesn’t have to be piano.  It can be violin or guitar.  It can be clarinet or saxophone.  It can be flute, voice, or percussion.  The key point is that if you’re interested, there’s no better time to get started than now.  Our instructors are top-notch and have years and even decades of experience playing and teaching.  Some have won local, regional, and even national awards–not to mention their students.

The best part is that it’s not difficult to get started. You can do it in one of two ways:

1) Stop by the store and pick up an application.  If you have preferences (teacher, style, time of day), note those on the form and turn it in.  An instructor will then contact you to set up a start date and time that is mutually convenient for both of you.

2) Go to our website and fill out our online application.  It’s just as easy as the paper application and provides locations to add personal preferences.  These come to the store, where the instructors receive them and then get in contact.

Boy Playing Violin with Piano

Boy Playing Violin with Piano

From there, you simply show up and the fun begins!

If you ever have questions, just let us know.  We’re more than happy to help get you started on a love of playing music!