The Crossroads of the World became an outdoor classroom Tuesday. Aspiring guitarists learned to play their first chords in Times Square while more experienced musicians honed their skills in free lessons given by instructors from the New York City Guitar School. Justin Foley, a beginner guitarist who works at NASDAQ, took an unexpected lesson on his lunch break. “I’m a novice guitar player, so I thought I could learn something,” he said. “My instructor taught me slash chords.” The lessons were part of the 10th anniversary of Make Music New York, which also included a variety of musical performances. Forty guitar instructors took over one of Times Square’s pedestrian plazas, and provided loaner guitars and sheet music to whoever wanted to play. The group’s president, Aaron Friedman, said the event was planned to inspire more New Yorkers to play music, rather than just listen to it.
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