Folk and pop guitar 1A
Time: 19:45 - 21:15
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME615A
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
You will be introduced to basic guitar technique and you will develop awareness of the instrument and its possibilities. You will learn basic guitar notation and chord symbols, fretboard technique, strumming and picking patterns, negotiating chord changes, and playing in time.
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?
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 specifically 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 bar chords 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, 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?
In the sessions emphasis will be on playing and listening together. You will mainly be taught through whole group work, following your tutor's demonstration, with the opportunity for discussion and 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 and learning resources will be provided in the Google classroom. You must have your own acoustic guitar and a music stand.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We aim to field a follow on course next term.
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.