Music Series: Absolute Beginner Guitar Camp

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July 20-23, 2022, 1-3pm

Location: The Crosby Arboretum, Picayune, Mississippi

No music theory. Just Music! Ages 8-98. No prior experience necessary. Start playing the guitar in a relaxed group setting. You will be playing songs on the first day and learn:

  • How to tune
  • Hand and nail care and tricks to build up your callouses
  • Guitar care
  • How to change your strings (and what strings to use)
  • Essential chords
  • What kind of picks to use
  • Strumming and rhythm
  • How to play some songs

Required: A 6-string guitar

Recommended: Electronic tuner, Flat picks, Strap, Guitar case. (Extra picks and tuners will be available for you to use if you don’t have them)

If you need help putting strings on your guitar before the first class, please contact Diana to arrange to come early for assistance.

Tip: Use Light Gauge or silk/steel strings while you’re starting out.

Tip: A smaller guitar is suggested for younger children

Includes printed course materials (chord charts and other information covered).

Your instructor: Diana Thornton has been a singer/songwriter and musician for over 45 years and has recorded several albums. She plays 6- and 9-string acoustic guitars and recently started learning how to play the mandolin and banjo. She owns Crescent Music Services, a CD design and manufacturing company, and has worked with numerous New Orleans and Louisiana musicians. Diana is the Editor in Chief of O Muse! Magazine and a photographer. She regularly leads photo walks at Crosby Arboretum, and offers classes and tutoring in photography, music, creative writing, songwriting, and genealogy.

Registration is required. No walk ins please. Limit 8 persons to allow for personal attention.

Call 504-312-2354 or contact to register or to get more information.

Registration: $125 to be paid on the day class by check or cash.

Location: The Crosby Arboretum. 370 Ridge Rd, Picayune, MS 39466. I-59 Exit 4 (Picayune/Kiln). Turn at the light going into Walmart, but take the 1st right on to Ridge Road and follow for 1.2 miles. Crosby Arboretum (


Contact us to add your name to the waitlist to be notified.

Private lessons, classes and tutoring are also available at your convenience and even at your location. Contact Diana for more information.


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