About us

Guitar Weekends is about teaching guitarists of all levels (beginner, intermediate to advanced) some great songs to add to their repertoire as well as the ‘tools’ to make them better players. Our group courses run both residentially around the country and worldwide online.

Online and residential courses for all levels

Guitar Weekends has been teaching all-things-guitar since 1994. Our objective is for players to simply ‘learn, play, be motivated and have fun’. We run both online and residential courses, covering:

  • Specific styles such as Blues, Rock, Country, Folk, Jazz, etc.
  • Generic stepping stones from Beginners to Strugglers and then Improvers covering core techniques and theory
  • Fundamentals such Rhythm, Improvisation, Chord Harmony, Fingerstyle and Performance
  • Cross-overs such as Blues to Jazz, Country to Rock as well as Themed courses which look at specific artists and their songs
  • Niche subjects such as Maintenance and Arranging and many others

We’ve taught all player levels from totally raw to relative beginners, through average and intermediate hobbyists to advanced giggers and even up to semi-pros.

We try hard to make sure a course is right for a player. Check out our FAQsfor some practical guidance. In addition, once a course is over we’re there to clarify any questions or points.

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We go the extra mile!

In summary, we provide:

  • A broad range of online and residential courses for all levels of player covering acoustic, electric and bass
  • Detailed course overviews, prep sheets before a course
  • Comprehensive course notes for the actual course, and
  • Follow-up support along with any additional on-course material
Our Courses

Why come on a course?

Players come on our online and residential courses to:

  • improve their guitar skills
  • build up their confidence and get motivated
  • put in some serious playing time with other hobby guitarists
  • expand their repertoire
  • pick up some really useful theory and learn how to apply it

And particularly for our residential courses to:

  • Have a thoroughly great time over a busy weekend
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Our courses work

The success of our online and residential courses can be measured in many different ways: how much knowledge/technique is absorbed and how inspired people are when they finish the course to continue learning (and practising properly) as well as the number of players who come back time and time again.  For our residential courses it’s as much about enjoying a good time with others.

If you’re asking yourself “am I good enough” or simply lack confidence – don’t worry, we’ve got this! Between the structuring of our courses and the teaching skills of our tutors, you’ll be stretched but not uncomfortably so. Check out our FAQs for further advice and guidance and we’re always available to talk through how the courses work and what to expect.

Interested to find out more?

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About me

Hi, I’m Ronnie and I’m the owner of Guitar Weekends.

If you’re interested in anything to do with Guitar Weekends then it’ll be me you’ll be chatting to over the phone or on email.

I took over the helm of Guitar Weekends in 2012  from the original owner who was based in Cumbria. Our courses now run both in the north and south. I was introduced to Guitar Weekends through a Country Course given to me as a gift from my wife some years earlier – the whole thing just grabbed me.

I attend all courses and run the Beginners course myself – the Beginners one is an entry-level course for new or relatively-new starters and acts as an introduction to our Strugglers and Improvers courses.

Over the years I’ve picked up a lot knowledge, technique and repertoire from all our professional tutors and so, coupled with the fact that I  started playing in my late teens (with lots of gaps), I consider myself a reasonable player but still a hobbyist – like you!!!

I hope the website is clear and helpful and send me any feedback or suggestions for improvement.


Ronnie McCrorie


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, click on the Voucher button below. Do likewise if you want take advantage of any seasonal offers and buy a voucher for yourself.

Contact us if you need any help or advice.