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2nd Sunday NVUS Beginner’s Primer (winter)

2nd Sunday NVUS Beginner's Primer (winter)


3:15 pm - 4:00 pm


Bookings closed


Cafe Montmartre
Lake Anne Village Center, 1625 Washington Plaza N, Reston, VA, 20190

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Description: This Society meeting is a primer for our Society’s beginners. It may sometimes seems daunting to the very novice, but hang in there. Lots of help is all around you. While Moses is the main instructor, Dave B. and Sandy O. have volunteered as an assistant instructors who also sometimes lead lessons. Any one of the 3 may lead this Society meeting They’ll also help those attending this session practice the signature songs using these basic chords. It will start 45 min before any of our main scheduled meetings (e.g. 2nd Sunday NVUS Group Lessons or 4th Sunday NVUS Jams).

Suggested readings:

  • Lesson Package 01: at a minimum
  • Lesson Packages 02 and 03: these basically are the same as 01 but in the keys of F and G, respectively
  • Strums and Rhythms cheat sheets

General Agenda:

  • Scales: certainly C scale but may also cover scales in F and G.
  • Basic major and 7th chords: used many of the jams songs, but in all of our signature songs, and practice exercises.
  • Chorded Scales: In the key of C – C, G7, C, F, C5, F, G7, C representing the harmony (chords) for the notes sung as do, re, mi, fa, and so on
  • Harmonized Chorded Scales: In the key of C – C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, Bdim, C representing the harmony (chords) for the scale notes.


RSVPs are closed for this event.

Members who are attending/attended this meeting:
  • Bob Gibson
  • Larry and Linda Burke
  • David Bartell
  • Sandy O'Shea
  • Carol Dexter
  • Quang Tran
  • Jean M. Johnson
  • Alan Cyr
  • Terry Durst


  1. Add the following as attended or as corrections to the RSVP: Carol Dexter as +1, Hugh Cauldwell, Brian Owsenek, Guest 1, and Guest 2 (John Mahlmann – will be registering soon).

  2. Continuing work on chorded scales and harmonized chorded scales. Will lead into the review of strums, culminating with song Havana. Then move to alternating and rhythmic strums using Take Me Out to the Ball Game as the example during the group lesson.

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