Guitar fingerstyle workshop
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: ME996
Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
What is the course about?
On this course you will gain confidence in using the guitar in a free and creative way. You will increase your knowledge of technical matters and musical styles as well as broadening your guitar playing skills.
Music for the course is available in advance in the google classroom.
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?
- Solo performance of different styles of music using classical and folk guitar technique
- Rhythmic accuracy
- Different tunings for the guitar
- Analysis of solo pieces.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand what it entails to get a piece to performance standard.
- Play solo pieces with more confidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Suitable for players who have been playing for 2 years or more and who can read notation or TAB. You should have a basic grasp of guitar fingerstyle playing techniques including melody playing and chord playing.
You need to be able to listen to and follow instructions in English.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group and individual work, teacher demonstrations and performance. The pieces will need to be practised inbetween the classes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
An acoustic guitar will be required (nylon or steel string).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You maybe interested in other guitar courses: Classical, Folk/pop or Jazz.
City Lit also offers Classical guitar ensemble in Summer School and during the main 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.