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A beautiful sound

Musicians of all levels indulge hobby in Valley Acoustic Group

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Posted: Saturday, April 19, 2014 9:51 pm

Whether you’re bringing a flute or a six-string to the table, a collaboration of good vibes and tunes are what you are sure to find in the Valley Acoustic Group.

“(We’re) a group that’s meant to enjoy music together but not necessarily to give lessons,” says organizer Douglas Chandler.

Ever since its creation two years ago, the Valley Acoustic Group has being making classics come back to life through an ecclectic group of musicians, ages 25 to 70, who are either picking up their instruments for the first time or picking them up again for the hundredth time.

“It’s very informal, in the sense that we all enjoy improving our ability to make music. But we also don’t demand a specific skill range,” says Chandler.

With each bi-monthly collaboration, held at the OneOhOne Gallery in downtown Mesa, comes a suggested set-list prepped every week by members, called “vagabonds.”

“It’s a do-it-yourself group where members typically will decide what songs they want to play and try out, to see if they can do them before the next meet-up,” says Chandler.

Songs that are likely to be heard range from the Beatles to Bob Dylan.

While it’s unlikely that you’ll ever catch them performing on a grand stage, the humble group organizes some local performances. Their latest was at a homeless shelter’s 2013 Thanksgiving dinner.

If you’re looking to join in the harmonic festivities, Chandler says the group welcomes newbies and whatever instruments they might play. Connect with the group online to talk to members and find out when their next session will be at meetup.com/Valley-Acoustic-Guitars.

If you go

What: Valley Acoustic Group gathering

When: 2 p.m. every other Sunday; the next few meet-ups are April 20, May 4 and 18, and June 1, 15 and 29. RVSP on the website if you plan to come.

Where: One Oh One Gallery, 101 W. Main St., Mesa

Cost: Free There is $5 cash fee per person per session, which helps pay rent for the room and maintain the website.

Information: meetup.com/Valley-Acoustic-Guitars

• Cissy, a junior at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, is an intern for GetOut. Contact her at (480) 898-6514 or tribintern@evtrib.com.

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