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Thread #151616   Message #3540961
Posted By: GUEST,Bob Ryszkiewicz
23-Jul-13 - 06:20 PM
Thread Name: Attracting younger people to coffeehouse
Subject: RE: Attracting younger people to coffeehouse
folkie43: You could try offering free guitar lessons on a specified night. Then the idea would be to get those interested in performing up on stage before a live audience after a few months training.
You probably will have to get used to the idea that what THEY are listening to, will not be the same thing YOU are listening to, e.g.. Avril Lavigne vs Judy Collins...Be ready to hear some new music.

When I started, it took me some time before I could find somebody who knew how to tune a guitar. Then, there was one guy who knew 3 chords and showed them to me.

After, I think it was a few months, PRETENDING I knew how to play, the light came through and I did my first 6 minute show in the girls dorm at College. I remember my knees shaking...

Sure would have been nice to have free guitar lessons...

If what we know as Folk is allowed to evolve to include the music the kids are listening to, we still will have Folk, but not necessarily Grandpas Folk...BR