Accomplished musician Charles Rojas recently volunteered to teach a guitar workshop at A Community of Friends, which houses low-income and homeless residents with the goal of healing those with mental and physical illnesses.

As is typical, one teenager started guitar lessons as a complete beginner. Charles patiently taught her many aspects of the guitar, from the anatomy of the instrument, how to hold it, tuning the strings, finger movement, playing notes and chords, tempo, and reading music. By the end of the workshop, she could already play not one, but two songs: Smoke on the Water by Deep Purple and Buddy Holly by Weezer. Reflecting back, the girl exclaimed, “My favorite part is I got to learn a song!

I wasn’t sure about learning guitar at first, but when I started the lessons, things became understandable and easy for me. I got one-on-one classes and I learned everything really quickly because of that. I really want to continue learning guitar because of this experience. I’m glad I decided to go through with the guitar lessons. Even though I had only a few classes, I feel like I learned a lot.”

Daniel Madrid, an administrator at A Community of Friends, remarked, “Charles created an open space of encouragement, flexibility, and understanding.”

Since 2013, Charles has enjoyed teaching guitar to the kids we serve. “Create Now is a fantastic organization for connecting youth with educational opportunities to explore and learn the arts. I’m extremely grateful for the chance to share musical knowledge with young creatives, and provide some guidance for their artistic pursuits.”

We greatly appreciate Charles Rojas, and ALL of our fantastic volunteers! By contributing your time to Create Now in any discipline from writing, drawing, music – all the arts – you can make a difference in the lives of vulnerable youth. Click HERE for more information on how to get started!