Learn, play, get motivated and have fun!

Welcome to Guitar Weekends – the home of quality online and residential guitar courses for hobbyists (beginners to intermediate) as well as semi-pros and pros.

 

Learn guitar

techniques, applicable theory, how to practise

Play guitar

as a group online and residentially

Get motivated

nail songs and self-improve

Have fun!

Enjoy your music

Guitar Weekends has been running high quality guitar courses since 1994. Our courses are both online and residential catering for raw beginners, all levels of hobby players to semi-pro/pros across genres such as the Blues, Rock, Americana, Country, Folk, Jazz, etc. along with the likes of  Rhythm, Improvisation, Performance, Chord Harmony and many more. All of the courses are run by a great bunch of top professional teachers/players. We also schedule regular Jam Days and, where requested, even private 1-on-1 lessons.

Our focus is not just on what to play but how to play and why things work. We want players to expand their repertoire, improve technique, expand their knowledge and, most importantly play to their full potential enjoy their music.

Online courses

The  are short, live and interactive – they’re not DVDs! We try to make these as accessible and interactive as possible and ensure there are top class follow-on materials for where the ‘real work’ is done – at home. They usually cover: Lesson Sheets, Full Score TAB, multi-speed backing tracks, video snippets, etc.; they enable players to perfect songs and practise properly for ongoing self-improvement.

Residential courses

These are real learning/playing guitar-fests! They’re all pretty much non-stop with evening work and jamming thrown in for good measure. You’ll meet and socialise with a bunch of like-minded players and leave with a wealth of material to work on over the coming months.

 

Check out WHAT’S ON for all the online and residential guitar courses we currently have scheduled.

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who’s interested in guitar then check out our Vouchers below – they can be redeemed against any residential guitar course; buy now, choose later!

A bit about our online guitar courses

As part of a group, you’ll learn technique, know-how and repertoire and improve your overall musicianship.

We  aim to play pretty much non-stop on our guitar courses with everyone, regardless of level, being able to participate.

You’ll certainly be inspired by the tutor but also by the other players in the group ; your confidence should increase and you’ll hopefully feel  motivated to improve your playing.

Lastly, it’s a chance to enjoy the company of fellow guitarists for a spell away from work and home life –  to play and have some fun!

Most hobby guitar players struggle to get the time to play – let alone improve! This is where our guitar courses come in. We often hear comments such as:

  • “everything I play sounds samey”
  • “I make the same mistakes over and over”
  • “I tend to just play by myself”
  • “how do I get better?”, etc.

Our guitar courses are designed to help players break out of their routine and have some fun along the way with friendly, like-minded company.

We provide you with the correct ‘tools’ and set you off in the right direction but the work is really done by you at home. Our focus is on not just the guitar course itself but also helping you to prepare for it and follow up with answers to any questions afterwards – during your own practice!

Prior to a guitar course, we send out Joining Instructions which explain what gear to bring, how to get to the venue and what to do when checking in and few things more. Once booked on a guitar course, Prep Sheets are available on request – great for specific practice/revision.

All of our guitar courses, whether online or residential, are relaxed, structured teaching events run by experienced professionals.  On our residential & online guitar courses, we always get a great bunch of players coming along, often with their spouses or partners who are very welcome and usually join in the Saturday night performances, ‘bar breaks’, breakfasts and dinners.

Each guitar course naturally has specific subject matter to cover but we ensure there’s time for jamming and personal performances.

The guitar courses cater for acoustic, electric and bass guitar players of all standards from beginner to advanced. Our online guitar courses run any day at any time but and our residential ones generally run at weekends in venue up and down the country.

We have lots of different guitar course formats to suit most players with our Friday to Sunday being the most popular but also mid-week 2 day courses, one day Jams, extended and even short weekends.

Each guitar course has a comprehensive set of notes with follow-up materials after to assist in practice; we’re also always there to answer any questions following the course.

Check out our online and residential guitar courses in What’s On section

There’s also an FAQs section for host of other questions e.g. guitar course suitability guide.

 

Upcoming Events

Course
Date
Location
Availability
 
17th August - 19th August 2020
Online, 2 lessons,
Yes
18th August - 20th August 2020
Online, 2 lessons,
Yes
25th August - 27th August 2020
Online, 2 lessons,
Yes
31st August - 3rd September 2020
Online, 4 lessons,
Yes
7th September 2020
Online, 1 lesson,
Yes
9th September 2020
Online, 1 lesson,
Yes

What’s it like on one of our guitar courses?

Prior to a course, we issue Joining Instructions.

For online, these instructions consist of a Zoom link to the lesson along with information about where to collect and Prep materials as well the lesson PDFs, videos, backing tracks, etc.

For residential we give directions and instructions about what gear to bring, how to get to the venue and what to do when checking and few things more; it will also reference some relevant Prep Sheets which are available on request – great for specific practice/revision.

Our guitar courses are relaxed, structured teaching events run by experienced professionals at venues up and down the country. We always get a great bunch of players coming along, often with their spouses or partners who are very welcome and usually join in the Saturday night performances, ‘bar breaks’, breakfasts and dinners.

Each guitar course naturally has specific subject matter to cover but we ensure there’s time for jamming and personal performances.

The guitar courses cater for acoustic, electric and bass players of all standards; beginner to advanced.

We have lots of different guitar course formats to suit most players with our Friday to Sunday being the most popular but also mid-week 2 day courses, one day Jams, extended and even short weekends.

Each guitar course has a comprehensive set of notes with follow-up materials after to assist in practice; we’re also always there to answer any questions or ‘light bulb’ clarifications.

Our online guitar courses are diverse and many – check out What’s on to see if anything is of interest.

We’ve tried to answer as many regular questions as possible in our FAQs. We recently added a guide to help a player gauge whether an online guitar course would be suitable – check it out.

 

 

Residential Course Gift vouchers

If you know the specific residential course you’d like to buy for someone – simply go to that particular guitar Course via What’s On and make a booking.

If you’re unsure which guitar course to buy for someone else, or indeed for yourself, click the VOUCHER button below. You can buy multiple guitar courses with a single voucher. Players often do this for themselves to take advantage of any seasonal offers.

Contact us if you need any help or advice.

 

 

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What people say about us

“What a wonderful weekend! My heartfelt thanks for persevering with us weekend rockers and for making the whole thing enjoyable and entertaining as well as educational. It was great to be a group member and to get the opportunity to play with such keen and friendly axemen!”  Chris H


“Hi everyone, it was great meeting you all and for the fun we had…congratulations on another excellent course and for taking the time and trouble to get us all through some wonderful material.”  Alasdair S


“Thanks for a fantastic, eye-opening, mind-expanding weekend, and thank you all for your company, kindness and the craic.”  Hilary G


“Hi to all, my thanks for a well organised and very well run weekend. Everyone was welcoming and friendly and I look back on with great satisfaction. All in all a great venue, organisation and tuition with lots of new friends.”  Andy E


 


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