What is the course about?
You will be introduced to basic guitar technique and you will develop understanding of the instrument and its possibilities. You will learn about guitar notation and chord symbols, fretboard technique, strumming and picking patterns, negotiating chord changes, and playing in time.
This is a live online course. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
This course introduces the instrument and how to play folk and pop tunes. Each week a particular area of guitar technique and harmony will be explored through carefully chosen songs and exercises.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Play basic chord shapes and read chord symbols
- Demonstrate finger-picking and strumming patterns
- Understand chord shapes and rudimentary scales
- Demonstrate essential accompaniment techniques
- Find the chords to simple songs and build new chord progressions.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is ideal for beginners, so no previous experience is necessary. You will need to have an instrument: any acoustic guitar is suitable. You will need to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
During the course, emphasis will be on playing and listening together with some work in pairs or small groups. You will mainly be taught through tutor demonstration, with the opportunity for some individual attention. Practice between classes is essential to your progress.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All music materials will be provided by the tutor. You must have your own acoustic guitar.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Next term's instalment is 1B.