Folk and pop guitar 1A

Course Dates: 20/09/22 - 29/11/22
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Keeley Street
Learn about tuning your instrument, strumming and picking, simple chords for pop songs, scales and chord symbols on this starter course. Use any acoustic guitar for this introductory course in playing pop, rock, blues and folk styles.
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Course Code: ME616A

Full Tue, eve, 20 Sep - 29 Nov '22

Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)

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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.

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. Study of song form is also an essential part of your training.

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

- Play essential folk chord shapes and read chord symbols
- Demonstrate finger-picking and strumming patterns
- Demonstrate you can keep time well
- Understand and play 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.

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

During the course, our emphasis will be on playing and listening together with some work in pairs or small groups. You will be taught through tutor demonstration, playing together with the opportunity for some individual attention. Practice between classes is essential to your progress and the momentum of our course.

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

All music materials and learning resources 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.

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.