Classical guitar: advanced
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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What is the course about?
Extend your knowledge and practical understanding of technical matters and musical styles. Improve your playing technique so you may concentrate on a smooth and polished performance. Musical styles will include Classical, Spanish, Baroque, Latin, English folk songs.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Melody playing, legato, chordal accompaniment
Knowledge of the fretboard up to fret 12
scales and arpeggios at grade 6
Play solos and as an ensemble
Use alternative tunings eg open G, drop D
The option to perform solos in the class
Analysis of our pieces
Construction of 7th, 9th, 11th and 13th chords.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Read notation up to the 12th fret.
Play a melody with harmonic accompaniment.
Play 3 octave scales and arpeggios.
Play solo and ensemble pieces to a high standard.
Improve left and right hand technique sufficiently to be able to focus on musicality.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have completed Classical guitar level 3, able to read notation past the 5th fret, and be accustomed to appropriate practice of guitar study. You will be able to melody and chords on the guitar.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We practice and play together in this group instrumental class, with opportunity for you to play solo. You will be expected to practise between sessions so there is observable improvement from week to week.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Use your nylon strung classical guitar. Extensive course materials and resources are supplied by the tutor in the google classroom.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Continue the academic year by joining ME164B and C.
Tony Rowden studied with the eminent Spanish guitarist Carlos Bonell initially at City Lit and then at The London College of Music. He has also attended classes given by Gary Ryan and John Mills. He has performed with Carlos Bonell and Clive Carroll as well as flautists, recorder players, Renaissance singers and a guitar trio. He has recently played in Garcia Lorca's Blood Wedding, Lope de Vega's Peribanez and a musical version of George Orwell's Animal Farm. Tony premiered Memórias, the published works of Silvestre Fonseca's Fado arrangements, and had a piece, Serenata, written for him by Silvestre Fonseca. He has several arrangements published: Ennio Morricone's Once Upon A Time In The West and The Master and Margerita and the book Easy Ensembles. His playing is featured in the film Silent Shakespeare, with pieces composed by Laura Rossi (London to Brighton, Song for Marion), and an animated film with music composed by Miguel Mera. Tony has been teaching at City Lit for the past twenty years
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.