Westlake Village, CA (April 1, 2022) – Guitar Center, the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments, repairs and rentals, is proud to also be the leading provider of music lessons at communities nationwide. Many budding musicians acquire their first instrument from Guitar Center, and a growing number have been getting the instruction they need to strum their first E chord or pick their first solo from Guitar Center’s expert instructors. “But why should the instruction be limited to only those who own an instrument?” said Donny Gruendler, Vice President of Music Education at Guitar Center. “We thought to ourselves, ‘What about those who want to play air guitar? Who’s going to teach them?’”
And so the idea was born: elite instruction for air guitar from Guitar Center Lessons locations nationwide, either in-person or online, starting today, April 1. Students will learn all the moves—the proper stance, the rock face, crowd engagement, swaying vs. bouncing, and the infamous windmill. A special unit will cover the dangers of headbanging. “It’s all about having fun while staying safe. Too much headbanging can lead to neck cramps and headaches, and the performance will suffer,” remarked Gruendler.
Instructors will share their expertise on the fundamentals of imaginary rock, from riffs and solos to power chords and dramatic strums. Repertoire will be tailored to each student’s personal tastes, but will generally include work from Ramones, the Rolling Stones, AC/DC and Bon Jovi. An advanced curriculum will incorporate lip-synching.
“Maybe we have a future Air Guitar World Champion in our midst,” noted Gruendler. “With any luck, we will nurture that talent right here in the walls of a neighborhood Guitar Center.”
To learn more and to register for Guitar Center’s new air music lessons, visit guitarcenter.com/Lessons.
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Photo caption: Guitar Center will be offering air guitar lessons at locations nationwide.
About Guitar Center:
Guitar Center is a leading retailer of musical instruments, lessons, repairs and rentals in the U.S. With nearly 300 stores across the U.S. and one of the top direct sales websites in the industry, Guitar Center has helped people make music for more than 50 years. Guitar Center also provides customers with various musician-based services, including Guitar Center Lessons, where musicians of all ages and skill levels can learn to play a variety of instruments in many music genres; GC Repairs, an on-site maintenance and repairs service; and GC Rentals, a program offering easy rentals of instruments and other sound reinforcement gear. Additionally, Guitar Center’s sister brands include Music & Arts, which operates more than 200 stores specializing in band & orchestral instruments for sale and rental, serving teachers, band directors, college professors and students, and Musician’s Friend, a leading direct marketer of musical instruments in the United States. For more information about Guitar Center, please visit guitarcenter.com.
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