Folk and pop guitar 2A
Time: 12:00 - 13:30
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: ME617A
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is our second year of contemporary guitar study. We will learn a variety of songs, new chords and scales, and develop your ability to construct chords. Rehearse smooth changes and work on your rhythm guitar skills.
What will we cover?
- We will develop a repertoire of songs in styles such as blues, pop, rock, 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 essential scales in transposable form
- Demonstrate you can play a repertoire of songs
- Tackle new music with confidence
- Play and be able to learn in an independent way.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Students should have completed a year of Folk & pop guitar 1 or have equivalent experience, at least a year of formal 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 finger pick.
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. Written music 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 and learning resources 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 to make a full academic year.
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.