If you dream of being the next Ed Sheeran or Hozier or even Eric Clapton, come to the GuitarFest 2015 in Battle Creek.

Guests are encouraged to bring guitars to play along, but are also welcome to come just to listen and observe. 

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GuitarFest 2015 is the fifth annual event, and it will be at the Community Music School, on Saturday, March 7 from 1 to 6 p.m. This one afternoon event will be at Kellogg Community College/Davidson Building in Battle Creek. It also features a drawing for guitar-related prizes.

For those new to the guitar or owning a new instrument, there will be Ed Swarthout’s workshop on how to setup your guitar.

Beginners will learn from faculty member Allen Zobian’s “Chording Workshop.”  For guitarists of any skill levell there'll Fred Campbell’s “Finger Picking Techniques for Guitar,” and for more advanced players there is “Unlocking the Mystery of Jazz Chords,” presented by CMS faculty Steve Williams.  And if you play a ukelele  bring your ukulele or your guitar and capo to “Ukulele for Fun,” or learn and listen in Jim Kuch’s  “History of the Guitar,” with performing samples by Triptych Classical Guitar Trio. To round out the day, stay for jam sessions in rock, blues, jazz, or contemporary Christian.

Cost is $10 with registrations accepted in advance and the day of the event starting at 12:15 p.m. Call or stop by The Music Center to fill out a registration form and choose your workshops (see the registration form online at YourMusicCenter.org under the Events tab, then click GuitarFest.) For more information: YourMusicCenter.org or call Dinah Vaden at 269.963.1911 x2585.