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January 20, 2011

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January 20, 2011

Hi, I've been volunteering for GNGs for about 3 years now and I find it very rewarding. I used to teach when I was a lot younger (about 38 years ago). Then I went to school and got a music education but wound up going into business myself (outside of music). After about 30 years I got the itch to go back to music and helped to start the local Guitar Society in the San Francisco bay area. Then about three years ago I got the itch to start teaching again and I contacted my local chapter of GNGs.

I remembered that when I was young I had little time for anything other than practicing guitar. I put in a minimum of 5 hours every day and in a way that saved me from all the activities that many of my friends got into, namely drugs. I still recall telling them that they were wasting their time partying and getting stoned. They would just look at me.

Well, I still think that having a discipline like studying music can save many kids from going off into a wrong direction in life. It is also proven that studying music and the arts will help students improve their study habits in other subjects as well.

I am not sure how much of a difference I am making in my community as far as helping kids go. But I am finding that I am having a great time and learning to be proud of learning the guitar all over again, except this time it is through the eyes and ears of my kids.

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I post the final performance on Youtube and encourage the students' friends to join the next time around.

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I would start other chapters of GNGs in the Bay Area.

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

Hello, my name is Hannah Blanco, and I am a former student of Guitars Not Guns. I reached level B2, until the program was not available anymore. Because of that, I continued to learn guitar on my own. Now, I would like to possibly volunteer for GnG and hope to open doors for other children, just how GnG did for me. When I first joined GnG, I was excited to know I was going to learn to play the guitar, since I love music with a passion and can play several instruments. When I passed the first test, I was really excited that I would have my own guitar. I worked hard to pass that test, and practiced a lot. My teacher was Mr. Webb. There is one thing that Mr. Webb taught me that I will never forget. He always said, "Practice makes perfect, if you make perfect practice," which inspired me to make the best practice I could with everything I was doing. Now, I still play the guitar, and can play many of my favorite songs. I recently started playing the electric guitar, which I got for Christmas. I wish to continue carrying out the lessons I was given, and continue to learn more and more.

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make classes available in more locations

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there was a second level class available in my location

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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