Learn, play, get motivated and have fun!

Welcome to Guitar Weekends – the home of quality guitar courses spanning Full Weekend Breaks (residential), Day-only courses (non-residential) 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

Courses / Event
When
Where
 
5th July 2024
Weekend Break
Surrey, East Horsley
13th July 2024
Day-Only
Surrey, East Horsley
20th July 2024
Day-Only
Surrey, East Horsley
3rd August 2024
Day-Only
Surrey, East Horsley

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.  Our courses are delivered online lessons to supplement and complement our Weekend residential courses. Our courses span most genres and are all run by top professional teachers/players.

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: Zoom-based, usually for 1 hour covering very focused subjects. They are group-based, and, most importantly, interactive – they’re not DVDs! Full materials are provided (lesson PDF, backing tracks, video recording of the live session).

Day-Only: these single day courses usually start at 10am and end at 5pm. They cover a wide sweep of subjects with lots of group playing.

Weekend Breaks:  residential mini-breaks (Friday to Sunday). They are group-based, learning, playing and socialising events. Non-residential players are also very welcome as well as non-playing spouses/partners.

Check out WHAT’S ON.

Online guitar courses

Our online courses are perfect for those players who haven’t got the time, or opportunity, to attend a Weekend Residential course or a Day-Only non-residential course. They’re internet-based using tools such as Zoom/other. It’s very easy to join and quality of sound and audio is very good. Onlines sessions  still provide the level of teaching to enthuse players 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.

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Over-and-above the quality teaching and materials, 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 whole year – approximatel one each week. 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.

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

Day-Only courses

Even though our online sessions are detialed an inspirational, learning online requires self-determination and diligence. Our Day-Only courses offer the opportunity for players to play along with, and learn from, a group of like minded players.

The courses offer a great opportunity to socialise with other the other players in the group. Our full Weekend Residential courses take the social aspects to another level; see later.

As its name suggests, it’s a full day of teaching/playing covering most aspects of specific subjects.

The Day-Only courses take place at the same  venues that we use for our full Weekend Residential courses around mainland UK. They usually start at 10am and end at 5pm (with lunch and refreshments).

 

The pace of these courses is  steady and they’re structured into logical sessions.

The materials include: lesson PDF(s), backing tracks, photos of all flip charts and audio/video recording made during the course.

We usually have more places available on these Day-Only courses compared to our Weekend Residential courses. Check out our What’s On page; don’t miss out, book early.

Example courses include: Strugglers, Jam Day, Genre Essentials, Bass, etc.

Weekend Residential courses

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, lunch  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.

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.

Unlike our online sessions, spaces are limited for these Weekend residential courses – check out our What’s On page; don’t miss out, book early.

Course Gift Vouchers

Why not buy a Voucher for any of our courses as a gift; Online, Day-Only or Weekend Breaks.

We provide three Voucher amounts for each of the three course formats. You can redeem the voucher against any course in the particular format. 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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