by Chris Medici

I love music, especially rock and roll. I always have. When I was a kid, I would secretly listen to my brothers’ records. Music resonates with me unlike anything else.

Naturally, I wanted to learn to play. Over the years, I tried several times but I did not have the patience or discipline to stick with it. I even bought an electric guitar in college. And although I never stuck with it, I kept the guitar. I figured that someday I would learn to play.

One day, about two years ago, I made a decision that now is the time: I was determined to learn to play. I did some research and found Altered Stage via Yelp. I’m so glad I did. I called Altered Stage and spoke with Jeff Bergau, Altered Stage’s founder and visionary leader. He and I talked for about an hour, sharing our devotion to music, favorite bands and songs. I told him about my goal, and he said he would help me.

The next day, I met with Guitar Instructor Jason Steele. We soon started working together, and in a few months, it finally started to stick. In the beginning, I experienced the typical challenges and self doubt that many music students face. However, Jason was patient, supportive and encouraging as were the other members of Altered Stage. And, so, each day, I practiced. Eventually, I found my groove, like the songs that I can now play.

As a direct result of Jason’s help and instruction – and the enthusiastic encouragement from other members of the Altered Stage community – kindred spirits in our love of music – I played my first live show in about six weeks. Since then, I have played more than a dozen shows and have learned to play over 50 songs.

I will always be grateful for this experience and for Altered Stage’s help in making my musical dreams a reality.



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