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 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 players struggle to get the time to play – let alone improve! This is where our courses come in. For some, our courses are a source of expert tuition, others a social break from the daily hum drum but mostly it’s a combination of the two.
We often hear comments such as:
Our courses are designed to help players break out of this ‘samey, samey!’ conundrum and have some fun along the way in 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 course itself but also helping you to prepare for it and follow up with answers to any questions afterwards – during your practice!
Practice makes …… permanent; proper practice makes perfect! Our courses are very effective at kick-starting players or exposing them to cool things they’d never thought about or thought that they could ever do. In the words of one of regular Weekenders, “they’re addictive!”
We recently ran the following courses (some which will be running again this year): Strugglers, Rhythm, Licks-riffs-and-rhythms, Beginners, Arranging a song, Acoustic Blues, How the Blues works, Improvers, Maintenance, Gypsy and Jam Days.
If you’d like to find about our upcoming courses go to What’s On.
Often when players arrive fresh on a course they can feel a little anxious – especially if they’ve played in a group before. This evaporates within the first session and we’re soon playing together like old friends. By the end of the course, everyone usually leaves on a ‘total high’ and can’t wait to put their learnings into practice.
Prior to a course, we issue Joining Instructions which advises players 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 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 course naturally has specific subject matter to cover but we ensure there’s time for jamming and personal performances. The courses cater for acoustic, electric and bass players of all standards; beginner to advanced. We have lots of different 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.
Our courses are a special mix of learning essential techniques and useful know-how, non-stop playing as a group, peppered with many soloing opportunities, picking up new tunes and embellishing the ones already known. We relish those light bulb moments in players’ eyes – these are maybe brand new items that are gap-fillers in their knowledge or even open up new totally new avenues of interest!
Each 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 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 a course would be suitable – check it out.
If you know the specific course you’d like to buy for someone – simply go to that particular Course via What’s On and make a booking.
If you’re unsure which course to buy for someone else, or indeed for yourself, click the VOUCHER button below. You can buy multiple 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.