Learn, play and have fun!

Welcome to the hobby guitarist’s dream holiday getaway !

We run a wide range of courses such as Blues, Rock, Americana, Strugglers, Folk, Jazz, Improvers, Rhythm, Improvisation, Performance and many more for hobbyist players (acoustic, electric and bass); from a  beginner to an intermediate player who’s maybe stuck in a musical rut or even an accomplished guitarist looking for inspiration. Our aim is simple – to help players improve and enjoy their music.

* The Christmas Early Bird Offer for Deposits has been extended through January on all 2020 courses*



techniques and know-how


as a group

Get motivated

to improve

Have fun!

and socialise with other hobbyists


We’re extending the the Deposit element of the Christmas Early Bird Offer through to the end of February:

  • 100 only Deposit for all courses and vouchers (usually 50% of the full price)

See WHAT’S ONfor the courses we currently have scheduled.

See NEWS for full details on the Early Bird offer.

By the way, 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. 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:

  • “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 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!”


Upcoming Events

28th February - 1st March 2020
The House, Bath
27th March - 29th March 2020
The Holiday Inn, Swindon
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24th April - 26th April 2020
The House, Bath
22nd May - 24th May 2020
The Holiday Inn, Swindon
5th June - 7th June 2020
The Holiday Inn, Darlington
17th June - 18th June 2020
The House, Bath

What you might have missed

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.



What’s it like on one of our courses?

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.



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

“I’d like to add my thanks to one-and-all for an excellent weekend – I didn’t wake up ‘til 10.30 this morning which must say something about the demands of the course and my lack of stamina….”  Nigel H

“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 to everyone in the group for a great weekend – the venue was excellent and I can recommend it to you all for another time. Hope to see some of you next year”  Paul B

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“Thanks to everyone in the group for a great weekend – the venue was excellent and I can recommend it to you all for another time. Hope to see some of you next year”  Paul B

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

“Many thanks for an enjoyable weekend and for continuing to provide me with a second home! .Well done to all  – hope to see you all again another time ……..It’s addictive!!   Paul A

“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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