Learn, play, get motivated and have fun!

Welcome to Guitar Weekends – the home of quality guitar courses spanning both residential mini-breaks and online lessons for hobbyists: Beginners, intermediate and advanced.

Learn guitar

techniques, applicable theory, how to practise

Play guitar

as a group online and residentially

Get motivated

self-improve and gain confidence

Have fun!

Nail songs and enjoy your music

Upcoming Events

Course / Event
When
Where
 
1st Oct - 3rd Oct 2021
RESIDENTIAL MINI-BREAK, Swindon, Wiltshire
8th Oct - 10th Oct 2021
RESIDENTIAL MINI BREAK, Scotch Corner, North Yorkshire
15th Oct - 17th Oct 2021
RESIDENTIAL MINI BREAK, Scotch Corner, North Yorkshire

Our courses at a glance

We have been running high-quality guitar weekend breaks since 1994 catering for all levels of hobby players from raw beginners to semi-pros.  In April 2020 we added online lessons to supplement and complement our residential courses. All of our courses are run by a great bunch of top professional teachers/players and we offer a huge choice of genres – check them at WHAT’S ON.

We focus not just on what to play but on the underlying techniques needed to play well and how music works with the guitar to help with self-improvement.

Online courses

These courses are short, live, group-based, and, most importantly, interactive – they’re not DVDs! All lessons come with detailed PDFs /TAB but we also provide comprehensive materials for the ‘real work’ at home (e.g. multi-speed backing tracks, video snippets, in-lesson videos, etc.).

Residential courses & guitar holidays

These are full-on weekend guitar holidays spent learning and playing as a group. They’re real guitar-fests with pretty much non-stop 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.

A bit about our online guitar courses

Our online courses are perfect for people who haven’t got the time or opportunity to attend a residential course but who still need the expertise and motivation to improve. We know it’s hard to do this on your own. 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.

Does any of this sound familiar? Our guitar courses are designed to help players break out of this rut.

The great thing is our online courses are interactive so you have the opportunity to take part, ask questions and learn there and then. As part of a group, you’ll learn technique, know-how and repertoire and improve your overall musicianship.

You’ll certainly be inspired by the tutor. Your confidence should increase and you’ll hopefully feel  motivated to improve your playing.

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. That’s why for the price of the course, we also include Prep Sheets (where appropriate), detailed lesson PDFs and a comprehensive set of home-practice materials (usually including video snippets of all exercises/sections, looping practice tracks and any supplementary PDFs). Oh yes, and just as importantly, we’re also there to answer any questions following the course.

So much more than trying to learn from a DVD.

How often do they run?

Our online courses run throughout the year – for these courses (usually 1 or 3 lessons each) you simply log in and you can attend:

  • passively with you not on-screen and on mute, or
  • actively both on-screen and unmuted when you want to ask questions.

Just prior to a course, we issue joining instructions that explain how to log-in and where any materials such as lesson PDFs, backing tracks, videos, etc. can be downloaded.

Our online courses use Zoom and so you’ll need the app for your particular device. It’s very straightforward; check with us if you’ve got any questions. Full instructions are sent out as part of the joining instructions.

Joining instructions will 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.

Guitar courses can cater for acoustic, electric and bass guitar players of all standards from beginner to advanced. We’ve tried to answer as many regular questions as possible in our FAQs. This includes defining the playing levels we use to categorise the courses. There is even a guide to help a player decide which course would best suit him/her.

Check out our What’s On page

A bit about residential courses

Covid-19 stopped all mini-break courses but with restrictions now easing we are re-starting them.

Residential courses are perfect for those guitarists who want to spend focused time improving their playing. We know it’s hard to do this on your own. This is where our guitar holidays 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.

Does any of this sound familiar? Our guitar courses are designed to help players break out of the rut.

Our guitar holidays are group-based, relaxed, structured teaching events run by experienced professionals at venues up and down the country. 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.

They usually run over a weekend from Friday afternoon to Sunday lunch time but we also sometimes offer weekday courses and Jam days. Each course naturally has specific subject matter to cover but we ensure there’s time for jamming and personal performances.

We always get a great bunch of like-minded players coming along often with their spouses or partners on who are very welcome and usually join in the Saturday night performances, ‘bar breaks’, breakfasts and dinners.

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

The courses cater for acoustic, electric and bass players of all standards; beginner to advanced. We’ve tried to answer as many regular questions as possible in our FAQs. This includes defining the playing levels we use to categorise the courses. There is even a guide to help a player decide which course would best suit him/her.

Spaces are limited so check out our What’s On page.

Course Gift Vouchers

Why not buy a Voucher for any of our courses as a gift; online or residential.

Note that due to Covid-19 restrictions all residential courses have temporarily been suspended but, subject to government advice, we plan to run a 2021 schedule. So you can still buy a residential course gift voucher.

You can redeem the voucher against any course. Buy now and the course can be chosen later at leisure.

When you have chosen your course, it’s easy – get in touch and we’ll talk you through how to book it.

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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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