Folk and pop guitar 2A

Course Dates: 19/09/20 - 05/12/20
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
Location: Online

If you can play a wide range of chord shapes, in time, and can follow chord symbols, this second year of study will develop your ability to play the acoustic instrument. This term is online. Improve your musicianship and expand your repertoire.

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?

This is our second year of guitar study. You will learn a variety of songs and scales, and develop your ability to construct chords. Rehearse smooth changes and work on your rhythmic skills.
Tutor: Tony Rowden [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 will develop a repertoire of songs in styles such as blues, pop, folk and Latin
- Students can also expect to receive guidance on song structure and arrangement
- Musicianship relevant to pop songs and the acoustic guitar
- practise strumming rhythm and finger-picking
- listening skills.

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

- Play in a wide range of keys
- Play chords up to the 7th with some extensions
- Play basic scales in transposable form
- Demonstrate a repertoire of songs
- Tackle new music with confidence
- Play and be able to learn in a more self-sufficient/independent way.

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

Students should have completed level 1 or have equivalent experience, at least a year of guitar study. You need to have established hand shapes for the most used chords e.g. E, Em, E7, G, C, F, A7, Am7, D7, B7 etc., simple bar chords - A type and E type, be able to strum in time, and pick.

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?

You will play together with your classmates and will be taught through tutor demonstration and instruction, practising songs, warm-ups and ensemble playing. Worksheets will comprise song chord charts and guitar tablature. Practice between classes will be essential if you are to keep abreast of the coursework and derive full benefit.

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

Music materials will be supplied by the tutor. Please use your own acoustic instrument.

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

This course continues to 2B and 2C.


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Great tutor, great course, interesting classmates!
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great course.
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Review by Jonpaint / (Posted on 24/11/2019)
A great opportunity to hone your guitar playing technique and repertoire in a friendly and supportive environment
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Tutor Biographies
Tony Rowden Tutor Website

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.

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Course Code: ME617A

Full Sat, day, 19 Sep - 05 Dec '20

Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)

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

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