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If you can't find information about a particular course, please contact us by email or phone and we'll send you out a Course Overview.

There are some brief descriptions of these course at the bottom of this page.

 

2018

 

12 – 14 Oct     Blues Primer                 Coventry, Midlands

Essentials: song formats, shuffle/straight, chords/progressions, scales. Gradually increase ‘depth’.  

 

19 – 21 Oct     Themed                         Swindon, Wiltshire

The riffs, licks and grooves of classic tunes by Eric Clapton, The Beatles and The Eagles.

 

2 – 4 Nov        Americana                          Orton, Cumbria

In-depth look at the riffs, licks, grooves of classic songs from artists across the ‘pond’.

 

9 – 11 Nov      Blues to Jazz    Scotch Corner, N. Yorkshire

Review the basics, move onto embellished chords/progressions, rhythms and soloing ideas.

 

11 Nov            Jam Day           Scotch Corner, N. Yorkshire

Pro Jam Boss, non-stop tunes, all guitars and players welcome, music provided but bring your own.

   

17 Nov            Jam Day                       Reading, Berkshire

Pro Jam Boss, non-stop tunes, all guitars and players welcome, music provided but bring your own.

   

23 – 25 Nov    Improvers                   Swindon, Wiltshire

Rhythm, chords, soloing taken to the next level. All genres covered. We take Strugglers to the next level.

   

2019

 

1 – 3 Mar        Acoustic Blues   Woolverton, N. Somerset

Eric Clapton and the old-time heroes who heavily influenced him; fingerstyle.

 

3 -4 Mar          Beginners           Woolverton, N. Somerset

For ‘raw’ or relatively new to guitar. Small class size. Focus on forming/changing chords with a groove.

 

16 – 17 Mar    Maintenance          Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Basic set-up and restring (and more) of two of your guitars. Save money and do your own set-ups.

 

29 – 31 Mar    Strugglers               Swindon, Wiltshire

Stuck in a rut, had a long lay-off playing, want to restart and get all the basics right.

 

12 – 14 Apr     Strugglers       Scotch Corner, N. Yorkshire

Stuck in a rut, had a long lay-off playing, want to restart and get all the basics right.

 

14 Apr             Jam Day          Scotch Corner, N. Yorkshire

Pro Jam Boss, non-stop tunes, all guitars and players welcome, music provided but bring your own as well.

 

26 – 28 Apr      Blues to Jazz           Coventry, Midlands

Review of the basics and then look at embellished chords/progressions, rhythms and soloing ideas.

 

17 – 19 May    Rhythm                    Swindon, Wiltshire

A ’must have’: counting in, playing ‘in the pocket’, feeling the groove, listening, strumming/picking, etc.

 

19 May            Jam Day                   Swindon, Wiltshire

Pro Jam Boss, non-stop tunes, all guitars and players welcome, music provided but bring your own as well.

 

7 – 9 Jun          Themed           Scotch Corner, N.Yorkshire

Decades: acoustic and electric artists from the 60s to now. Finger- and flat-picking, strumming, riffs/licks.

 

9 – 10 Jun         Beginners       Scotch Corner, N.Yorkshire

For ‘raw’ or relatively new to guitar. Small class size. Focus on forming/changing chords with a groove.

 

28 – 30 Jun       Improvisation          Coventry, Midlands

Find the key, apply your I, IV, V (and beyond), relevant scale(s), good technique, add phrasing. Easy !! ?

 

12 – 14 Jul        Chord Harmony       Swindon, Wiltshire

This is a ‘must know’: chords in a key, extensions, substitutions, progressions, application to songs.

  

26 – 28 Jul        Americana              Coventry, Midlands

In-depth look at the riffs, licks, grooves of classic songs of artists from across the ‘pond’.

 

30 Aug – 1 Sep Performance            Swindon, Wiltshire

How to play in front of family, at an Open Mic, in a duet, at a Jam Session, in a band. Confidence and know-how.

 

1 Sep                Jam Day                   Swindon, Wiltshire

Pro Jam Boss, non-stop tunes, all guitars and players welcome, music provided but bring your own as well.

 

14 – 16 Sep      Intro to Fingerstyle  Swindon, Wiltshire

Picking patterns, different timings, solo fingerstyle, techniques, chord fragments, all genres, much more.

 

4 – 6 Oct          Improvers    Scotch Corner, N.Yorkshire

Rhythm, chords, soloing taken to the next level. All genres covered. We build on the Strugglers syllabus.

 

12–13 Oct        Maintenance       Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Basic set-up and restringing of two of your guitars. Invaluable DIY skills – save on pro luthier costs.

18–20 Oct        Intro to Jazz              Swindon, Wiltshire

‘Jazz up’ standard rock/pop/blues tunes. Richer and alternative chords, nice rhythms, cool soloing.

1–3 Nov           Blues             Scotch Corner, N.Yorkshire

Essentials: song formats, shuffle/straight, chords/progressions, scales. Gradually increase ‘depth’. 

3–4 Nov           Beginners    Scotch Corner, N.Yorkshire

For ‘raw’ or relatively new to guitar. Small class size. Focus on forming/changing chords with a groove.

15–17 Nov   Acoustic Legends  Woolverton, N.Somerset

Pail Simon, Tracy Chapman, James Taylor, etc. Fingerstyle.

 

Courses are regularly added into the schedule and on very rare occasions courses can be moved around during the year - keep an eye on this website page and on the monthly Newsletters.

If you'd like to see a summary of what each course covers, email us and we'll send you out a copy.

Always contact us to check availability of places on any of our courses. See our VENUES page for details but in summary they are:

N. Somerset - The House, Woolverton (20 mins from Bath)

Wiltshire - The Polebarn Hotel, Trowbridge, Holiday Inn Swindon and The Wiltshire Hotel, Royal Wootton Bassett

Mildands - Holiday Inn, Coventry (just off J2/M6)

Berkshire - The Holiday Inn, Reading (just off J11/M4)

Cumbria - Tebay Hotel, Orton, Cumbria (between J38 and J39 of the M6).

N. Yorskshire - The Holiday Inn, Scotch Corner A1M

 

Brief descriptions of the courses

Jam Day - Lots of chord structure exercise coupled to classic, driving songs. Orchestrated by a pro Jam Boss. Non-stop playing - any level or guitar.

 

Rhythm - Focuses on the strumming/picking hand and looks at note lengths, tempo, timbre, beat, pulse, time signatures, etc. across a number of genres with a focus on listening, counting in, keeping time, playing ‘in the pocket’, creating a great groove, tight endings. Most genres are covered from Blues, Jazz to Rock, Funk and even African rhythms.

 

Intro to Jazz - We take a more detailed look into theory and its practical application in transforming classic non-jazz tunes into soft jazz forms. It includes: adding a 7th in the harmonised scale, substitutions, extensions, use of modes, soloing following the chords, etc.) as well as a deeper look into rhythm and that getting that jazz sound.

 

Beginners - We start at the beginning with rhythm and strumming, move into basic open chords and then changing between them efficiently while using lots of songs as the exercises (so repertoire is kicked off). If we have time, and the group is up for it, then we’ll move onto the Blues (shuffle, chords and minor pentatonic). A small class size on this one and caters for raw and relative beginners and even players who are simply stuck in a ‘musical rut’.

 

 

Blues to Jazz

Starting with the Blues and its format, standard chords and rhythms and associated soloing, we move into embellished chords and groovier rhythms and use more scales/modes for developing soloing ideas. We'll look at classic Blues and Jazz pieces and show how to develop cool soft pieces from raw Blues.

 

Americana - American roots music styles, including country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues, resulting in a distinctive roots-oriented sound. Example artistis: Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Brice Springsteen, Woodie Guthrie, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Alison Krauss, Neil Young,  Mumford & Sons, etc.

 

Themed - We'll cover tons of signature songs from Eric Clapton, The Beatles and The Eagles, looking in detail at the riffs, licks and grooves that make their songs so special. This will be from start to finish for the selected songs and so you’ll build up repertoire. Not much theory on this one except where any structures should be brought into your own playing.

 

Acoustic Blues - We’ll study the styles and techniques of the acoustic blues masters. You'll learn the secrets of self accompaniment and how to solo whilst playing against simple yet effective bass lines. We'll take a look at acoustic blues legends like Robert Johnson,  Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake. Learn how to create acoustic blues solos in a jamming situation and learn how to accompany others whilst they solo! We'll decipher the mysteries of the pentatonic scales and the 12 bar blues rhythm patterns essential to this style. Suitable for average-and-above players covering both fingerstyle and flat-picking for acoustic and electric guitar (although acoustic is more authentic). 

 

Blues Primer - Back to basics with this one – dominant chords, 12 bar formats, shuffle rhythm, ‘Blues’ scale, groove options, turnarounds, intros/outros and lots of songs.

 

The Guitarist’s toolbag - All aspects of preparing for, and excelling at, a Jam session are explored. The basics of rhythm variations, making use of chord harmony and ideas on improvisation are explored alongside performance. On top of this, as part of a two tutor weekend, we’ll have regular jam sessions to put into practice the teaching.  The subjects will be modular in separate rooms with different tutors and it will be a pick-and-mix arrangement with evening projects or jam fests.

 

Arranging a song - Intro to a wide subject area. Arranging a tune morphs into composition and song writing (no focus on lyrics). Ideal for singer/songwriters/players but also great for adapting tunes to your playing level, transposing, how to accompany a singer and how to put a fingerstyle piece together. Suitable for the average-and-above player.

 

 

 

Maintenance - Truss rod, saddle/bridge and nut adjustments. Fret check for dead or buzz areas and general clean up. We usually get two guitars per student completed. Comprehensive set of notes for future reference. Also, we'll look at the electronics and maybe fix one or two problems if time allows. Suitable for anyone. Usually a student manages to set up two guitars. This know-how will save a guitarist with multiple guitars a ton of money.

 

 

 

Performance - Multiple opportunities for solo, duet and band performances as well as a structured jam. Detailed feedback on advice on preparing, practising and delivering performances both for guitar and voice. Suitable for any level or type of guitar (acoustic, electric or bass).

 

 

 

Acoustic Blues - We’ll study the styles and techniques of the acoustic blues masters. You'll learn the secrets of self accompaniment and how to solo whilst playing against simple yet effective bass lines. We'll take a look at acoustic blues legends like Robert Johnson,  Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake. Learn how to create acoustic blues solos in a jamming situation and learn how to accompany others whilst they solo! We'll decipher the mysteries of the pentatonic scales and the 12 bar blues rhythm patterns essential to this style. Suitable for average-and-above players covering both fingerstyle and flat-picking for acoustic and electric guitar (although acoustic is more authentic). 

 

 

 

See the PRICING Page for details (we can assist with extras such as: room sharing, room upgrades, extra meals, taxis, etc.).

We sometimes get late cancellations for students who have had to change their arrangements and can’t come – keep an eye on this web site and the Newsletter for any special deals.

Click here for a Booking Form  with prices, dates and payment information. Download it to your computer, complete it as a Word document and then either email it back as an attachment or post a hard copy respectively. If you have problems then email me and I'll send you a PDF version.

If you want advice please contact us on:

0844 272 4433 or info@guitarweekends.co.uk

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