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4th Sunday NVUS Primer

4th Sunday NVUS Primer


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 there is always a main Society instructor on the stage, there are other more advanced Society members to help the main instructor. Moses Kamai is the main Society instructor who has David Bartell, Christy Kinder, Larry Burke, Jessica Suchecki, and others help and sometimes lead lessons. Any one of the these may lead this Society meeting. When available, they will 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 (click here).
  • Lesson Packages 02 and 03: these basically are the same as 01 but in the keys of F and G, respectively (click here for lesson 2 and here for lesson 3)
  • Strums and Rhythms cheat sheets [basically any cheat sheet or primer in the File Folder – Lesson Pamphlets, Booklets, and Sheets are useful for a Primer: // –> click here]
  • NVUS Songbook Chord (progression) [basically a songbook crib sheet of chords — still need a chord chart or chord book if you don’t know the chords — best is to look at your other Society member’s hands and maybe ask them later: To go to the folder click here]

General Agenda:

  • Scales: See the Lesson Packages which have scales C, F, and G as part of the lesson.
  • Basic major and 7th chords: used many of the jams songs, but in all of our signature songs, and practice exercises. (TBP – to be published)
  • 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. (See the Lesson Packages which have scales C, F, and G as part of the lesson)
  • Harmonized Chorded Scales: In the key of C – C, Dm, Em, F, G, Am, Bdim, C representing the harmony (chords) for the scale notes. (See the Lesson Packages which have scales C, F, and G as part of the lesson)


RSVPs are closed for this event.

Members who are attending/attended this meeting:
  • Jessica Suchecki
  • Paul Bigelman
  • Eric R
  • Barbara Weigand
  • Manuel Vera
  • David Bartell
  • Jane Winchester
  • John Dodds
  • Alan Cyr
  • Jan Utman
  • Catherine Miranda
  • Shima Vosti
  • Paul Vosti
  • William Tell


  1. Hello,
    Yesterday was really great. I am a beginner. Should I attend the Beginner’s Primer Sunday or Primer Sunday. I can only come once a month.
    Thank you,

    • Hello Dorothy, generally one should attend all of the Primer sessions. While we repeat topics, like scales, chorded scales, and occasionally harmonic chorded scales, we do cover other material pertinent to jamming or performing with the rest of the Society members when we go play at places like ViVA Vienna, Sunrise Adult Centers, Margaret Schweinhaut Senior Center, etc.

      If you can only go to one, choose the 2nd Sunday and stay for the lessons too. The 2nd Sunday is two events (and please RSVP for both) – 1) Primer and 2) NVUS Group Lesson.

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