Learn, play, get motivated and have fun!

Welcome to Guitar Weekends – the home of quality courses for hobby guitarists.

We run a wide range of courses (Blues, Rock, Americana, Country, Folk, Jazz, Rhythm, Improvisation, Performance, etc.) for all levels of acoustic, electric and bass guitar players. Our aim is to help players improve and enjoy their music in the company of other hobbyists. Check out our new online courses.

 

Learn

techniques and know-how

Play

as a group

Get motivated

to improve

Have fun!

and socialise with other hobbyists

Owing to the current Covid-19 virus situation a few of our course have been delayed until the Autumn.

See WHAT’S ONfor the courses we currently have scheduled. NOTE – we have now gone online to supplement and complement out standard weekend venue-based events. The online short courses are live and with as much interaction as possible given they’re group courses i.e. they are not DVD presentations.

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

A bit about our 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 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. 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 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 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 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 course, Prep Sheets 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 from 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.

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 following the course.

Check out our courses in What’s On section

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

 

Upcoming Events

Course
Date
Location
Availability
 
20th April 2020
Online,
Yes
14th August - 16th August 2020
The Holiday Inn, Swindon
Yes
28th August - 30th August 2020
The Holiday Inn, Darlington
Yes
30th August - 31st August 2020
The Holiday Inn, Darlington
Yes
18th September - 20th September 2020
The Holiday Inn, Swindon
Yes

What’s it like on one of our courses?

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.

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.

 

 

Gift vouchers

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.

 

 

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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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