Fall Showcase This Saturday!

Our last in-person showcase was almost two years ago. To say we’re excited about the Fall Student Showcase this Saturday would be an understatement! We can’t wait to see our students (hopefully in some epic costumes) perform for their family, friends, and peers this Saturday.

The event will take place at Waller’s Coffee Shop in Decatur and begins at 2:00pm. We have a full showcase with 50 scheduled performers – if your child is performing, you should have received an email yesterday with an approximate time range for their performance. The program will begin with our Teen Bands, and then will go mostly by age, save for a few exceptions of performers who need to leave early or arrive late.

Our admin team has a fun costume theme planned and we can’t wait to see some spooky, silly, awesome costumes this weekend!

Desmond’s New Album, “Shadowdancer”, Now Available!

Our very own Desmond Myers just dropped an album! “Shadowdancer” is now live on all major streaming platforms. Give it a spin today! You can purchase the album on iTunes and Amazon Music. Desmond will be touring in France at the end month to support his release.

Here’s a snippet from a recent write-up in Wonderland Magazine about Desmond’s new album:

“Gently ushering us into his evocative world with emotional-driven productions and heart-warming melodies, the artist soothingly croons over-simplistic beats. Touching on everything from temptation to self-discovery, the artist takes us on a compelling journey for this debut project, putting his raw and honest story on full display. From the mellow and soul-stirring “Playing with Fire” to the synth-tinged “Feels Like I’m Running”, Myers puts his creativity at the forefront of the project and presents an album that pays homage to his own self-acceptance.”

Preparing For The Student Showcase

Our Fall Student Showcase is coming up! Registration opens on October 4th and the showcase will take place on October 30th at Waller’s Coffee Shop in Decatur. This event is for kids and teens and capacity will be limited, so registration will be first-come first-served.

If you haven’t already, now is a great time to start planning your showcase piece! Talk with your teacher about choosing a song and, if they say that you’re ready to perform, developing a plan to prepare for your performance. Our showcases are a great opportunity for a laid back performance in a casual setting and, since this one is so close to Halloween, we encourage our performers to dress up in their costumes!

Keep an eye out for registration instructions next week and sign your child up to perform!

Fall Student Showcase

Our Fall Student Showcase 🍁 is just around the corner at Waller’s Coffee Shop on 10/30 at 2 pm. Performances will take place outside on their ‘outer space’ stage 🚀

Check with your teacher to see if you are ready to perform, and start shedding! Registration begins in the student portal on 10/4. 🎸 🎹 🎙

RSVP here

New Location Opening in October!
Big news! We are excited to announce that we will be opening a second location at Big House Guitars on Cheshire Bridge Rd. They have a great selection of vintage gear, vinyl records, banjos, and more. The store is already open for business, but lessons will begin in October. Register online to join the waiting list! Guitar Teachers please send your resume to [email protected] if you are interested in a teaching position. Keep Shedding!
Recap: Acoustic Ensemble’s First Gig!

Last Wednesday, our Acoustic Ensemble played their first show ever and did an incredible job! We formed the ensemble in January of 2020, and had only a few weeks of practice before we transferred to a virtual operation in March. After a long hiatus, we started rehearsing again when Guitar Shed re-opened this May, and began working up a set of seven songs ranging from Dolly Parton to Fleetwood Mac. The lineup of the Acoustic Ensemble two guitars, bass, and banjo and all four members sing! Each member was featured throughout the performance and they were well-received by the crowd. The group played on the back patio of Red’s Beer Garden in Grant Park. It was a bittersweet occasion, though, as the show was a farewell to our bass player, Laura, who is moving to California.

With that said, the Acoustic Ensemble is looking to add a new bass player and possibly another instrument. Please reach out to the front desk if you are interested in joining. Though this wasn’t by design, the ensemble is made up of all women, and will only be open to female musicians.


Current COVID Policy

We hope you are all settling into your fall schedules and having a good start to the school year! As we monitor the developing COVID-19 situation, we want to lay out a clear protocol for how we will be handling exposure going forward. The health and safety of our students and teachers is our main priority, so we will be adhering to the following guidelines, which have been pulled directly from the CDC website: 

Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms and were directed to care for themselves at home may discontinue isolation under the following conditions:

-At least 10 days* have passed since symptom onset

-At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and

-Other symptoms have improved.

*In some cases of severe illness, the virus can last up to 20 days. Persons who have severe illness related to COVID-19 or who are severely immunocompromised should pursue guidance from a medical professional before ending isolation.

Persons infected with SARS-CoV-2 who never develop COVID-19 symptoms may discontinue isolation and other precautions 10 days after the date of their first positive RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.


Persons who have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19 should pursue testing and start quarantining right away. Exceptions include:

-Someone who has been fully vaccinated and shows no symptoms of COVID-19 does not need to quarantine, but should be tested 3-5 days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result

-Someone who has recovered from COVID-19 within the last 3 months and remains without COVID-19 symptoms.


If there is an exposure at Guitar Shed, we will notify the teacher’s whole studio and you always have the option to go virtual. When lessons are switched to virtual due to COVID-19, we will offer the option to opt-out until the teacher or student can return to in-person lessons.

If the student is quarantined and has to switch to virtual, the typical lesson policy will be followed and we will offer make-up credits to those who opt-out of virtual lessons.

If the teacher is quarantined and has to switch to virtual, we will offer monetary credit to those who opt-out of virtual lessons.

We are observing a strict mask policy in Guitar Shed which, if followed by everyone correctly, should prevent the vast majority of potential spread. 

We have engaged in talks with epidemiologists who work at the CDC who echo these sentiments and we will continue to observe guidance provided by the CDC and follow the situation to the best of our ability.


Kirkwood Spring Fling 2021 – July 31st

Next Saturday – it’s Spring in July!

The Kirkwood Spring Fling is an festival held in Kirkwood at Bessie Branham Park. Usually, the Fling would be in the springtime, but this year it was pushed back a few months due to Covid. This year marks the 18th annual event (with one year off last year) and it’s shaping up to be a great one!

Attendees will enjoy a day of food trucks, drinks, local artists & vendors, and live music. The festival is all day from noon to 8:00pm and there are 7 great musical acts throughout the day, including some familiar faces! Come out and see Parker Smith & The Bandwith from 3:00-4:00. Parker’s band will feature a few Guitar Shed teachers (Chris Case, Nichelle Young, and Brandon Marsolo) plus a couple of other fantastic local musicians.

Read more about the Kirkwood Spring Fling, sign up for the 5K, or get information on volunteering at the even here: https://www.eventeny.com/events/2021-kirkwood-spring-fling-1367/



2021 Virtual Summer Recital Recap

We had our Virtual Summer Recital last Sunday and, as usual, our students showed out! It’s always such a treat to see a student’s progress and to learn a little bit more about them with each performance from year to year. We enjoyed a night of stellar playing, beautiful singing, great video editing, stuffed animal audiences, duets, ensembles, and a whole lot of talent and hard work. Keep an eye on our social media pages for the Tuesday Student Spotlight where you can catch some of these virtual performances each week.

We are now looking forward to our Fall Student Showcase and Winter Recitals and after a year-plus of virtual events, we can’t wait to enjoy our students’ performances IN PERSON! We will make announcements regarding dates, venues, and registration for these events in the coming weeks.

Enjoy this fantastic performance of Bill Evans’s “Waltz For Debby” by one of our long-time students, Jack Whitman.




ShedFest 2021 Recap

ShedFest was a huge success! 

Despite going from intense heat, to torrential downpour, to the tropical humidity that followed that downpour, we made it through our 2nd annual ShedFest and had a blast doing it! After a virtual event last year, we decided to continue the tradition with an all-day benefit concert at Steady Hand Beer Co. With a musical lineup of our talented teachers and their friends and family, we heard a wide array of genres and styles that covered a full day of live music. We also raffled off some amazing prizes from the following local businesses: Trophy Room Barber Shop, Poppa Corn, Heart Happy Organizing, Proof Media Mix, Taproom Coffee, Indigo Wellness, and a few of our own from Guitar Shed. 

The event raised $750 for the Lanta Gras Music Scholarship Program and we learned a lot that we will take with us through future ShedFest events for years to come. We can’t wait to continue this tradition and to keep making ShedFest bigger and better each year to use the power of music to give back to the community.