The Syracuse Chapter of the Guitar League (GL) has moved its location.
Meetings are held at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month (except holidays).
It was formerly in the Syracuse Center 4 Arts at 728 E. Genesee St. across from the Renniasance Hotel. The future of this historic building is in question, so the league has moved to The Vineyard Church, 312 Lakeside Road in Lakeland.
The Syracuse GL was founded in April of 2005 by three area players: Jim Horsman, Loren Barrigar and Dick Ward.
There were 18 players the first night and now the membership numbers more than 100. About 90 percent of the members are living room guitarists; about 10 percent play out occasionally, with several of these playing regularly. There also are a few full time professional musicians in the club.
What are the meetings like?
The first hour features a special presenter focusing on an aspect of playing the instrument. Then the group splits into three groups based on self-detemined skill level - Rookies, Minors and Majors. There is a presentation in each group that is appropriate to that level. Each month's Rookie or Minor presentation, for example, is self-contained such that you do not have to have been there the previous month to participate. These are not guitar lessons, just workshop type presentations. The players can take content home from each session that will make them better players.
In the past GL had a luthier talk about guitar set up and maintenance. Other meetings have featured players who make a living with their guitars. A recent presentation featured the business side of playing out. Other subjects included a seminar on mapping the fretboard, a nationally known builder of resonator guitars, and a musician/psychologist discussed performance anxiety.
Usually at the end of the second segment there is time for a couple of people in each level to play a song for the group. There is never pressure for anyone to play; though there is a lot of positive encouragement.