Folk and pop guitar 2C
Time: 10:30 - 12:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME617C
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is the last part of our 2nd year of study. You will learn a variety of songs, new chords 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.
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 courses 2a and 2b, or have equivalent experience, which amounts to 2 years of pop guitar study. You need to have all common folk chord shapes and simple bar chords in your vocabulary, and have played alternating bass, strumming and finger picking.
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 and warm-ups. 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 and learning resources will be supplied in the Google classroom. Play your own acoustic instrument and use a music stand.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You can progress to Folk and pop guitar 3a 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.