Blues guitar 2

Course Dates: 15/09/20 - 01/12/20
Time: 16:00 - 17:30
Location: Online

Explore blues guitar techniques on this practical online course : chords, scales, form, rhythm and phrasing for accompaniment; soloing that will allow you to play with confidence with other musicians. Suitable for guitarists with plenty of folk & pop experience, who have also met the blues.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

Explore the blues from the perspective of the guitarist : what makes the form; how to sound like a blues player; how to play in an ensemble.
Tutor: David Harrison [external website].

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.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

We'll look at the forms of blues tunes, and at historical background. We'll learn chord progressions and important stylistic characteristics. Play tunes, develop solos and accompany others.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Play common blues progressions with confidence.
Strum, finger-pick, and solo in a stylistically authentic fashion.
Have become familiar with the genre, its leading artists, repertoire and styles.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

You will need good guitar technique and be able to play dominant chords anywhere on the instrument. Preferably you have studied blues guitar already.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Playing music according to tutor direction and demonstration, with opportunity for individual endeavour and feedback.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

The course is equally suitable for acoustic and electric guitars.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

More blues, and jazz guitar. This course is intended as a conduit between folk & pop guitar study and jazz guitar.

Tutor Biographies
David Harrison

David Harrison studied at Oxford Brookes university before taking a post-graduate diploma in saxophone performance at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. David has been teaching at City Lit since 1994. In 2004 he wrote a guitar player’s guide for Collins and joined Music Sales in 2005 to update the famous A Tune A Day tutor series, eventually producing over 40 titles as series editor of the relaunched A New Tune A Day books, which has since become the biggest-selling music tutor series worldwide. Since 2010, David has worked freelance writing, editing and producing mainly educational titles, including Abracadabra Beginning Theory (Collins Music); The Complete Ukulele Player (Music Sales) and most recently the Bob Dylan Complete (Hal Leonard), the authorised collection of every Dylan song, together with an extensive introduction covering Dylan’s acoustic guitar technique, his song-writing and Dylan’s place in the American folk music revival. Aside from his guitar and saxophone classes, David runs a course in song writing. a series of talks on the music of The Beatles, and a series on the songs of Bob Dylan’s 1960s albums.

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.

This course has now started

Course Code: ME619

Started Tue, day, 15 Sep - 01 Dec '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

Full fee: £189.00
Senior fee: £151.00
Concession: £115.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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