About us

The whole idea about Guitar Weekends is to teach guitarists how to be better players. We cater for all hobbyist players at different stages in their musical journey. We do this by creating a supportive and relaxed environment coupled with structured teaching with lots of group playing, sprinkled with a few laughs!

Diverse countrywide courses for all levels

Guitar Weekends has been teaching all-things-guitar since 1994. Over the years our courses, in terms of diversity of content, format and location, have developed in line with our ethos of ‘learn, play, get motivated and have fun’. We offer a unique group experience to complement other ways of learning and playing guitar (DVD, one-on-one tutors, etc.).

We cover specific styles such as Blues and Rock, generic subjects focusing on techniques and stepping up levels such as Strugglers and Improvers, essential ones such Rhythm and Fingerstyle, cross-overs such as Blues to Jazz, and some miscellaneous such as Maintenance and Arranging.

Over the years, we’ve taught at all player levels from outright and relative beginners, through the average, intermediate hobbyists to advanced giggers and  even up to semi-pro and professionals; but mostly our customers are home-players looking to improve, pick up some great tunes and have a good break with other hobbyists.

We try hard to make sure the correct course is chosen for an individual bearing in mind where they’re at and what they’re looking to achieve.

After a course has finished our support doesn’t end when we clarify any questions or points raised on the course.

We go the extra mile!

In summary, we provide:

  • A detailed Course Overview at the outset to help in the choice of a course; usually followed up with chat to go through everything.
  • Prep Sheets on request before a course for revision and practice purposes
  • A comprehensive set of course notes with added takeaways focusing on repertoire and practice.
  • Post course availability of  materials used or created downloadable.

We are always on hand to answer any questions or any issues or clarifications.  As one of our regulars said, “your after-sales service is superb!”

Our courses are run at a steady pace to suit the group as a whole with a strong focus on teaching through the use of classic songs (so helping to add to your repertoire). A lot of techniques and know-how are taught but also focus on how to apply and bed these into your everday playing. Most exercises are generally played by the Group together but there are ample opportunities for some soloing, jamming and one-on-one time with the tutor.

Our Courses

Why come on a weekend course?

Players often come on one of our Guitar Weekends 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
  • have a thoroughly great time over a busy weekend

We follow the mantra “practice makes permanent and proper practice makes perfect”. We aim to make any theory sessions accessible and interesting through practical and useful examples. We want people to leave feeling both enthused and energised to put in the work once they get home and maybe even confident enough to go to the next level (e.g. play at a family do, attend an Open Mic night, perform at The Albert Hall!).

The magic ingredient is our level of teaching. We use top tutors and employ group playing within a supportive and relaxed environment with everyone being at a slightly different point in their journey with the guitar. It’s a lifetime’s journey but it’s one step at a time.

Our Tutors Frequently Asked Questions

Our courses work.

The most concise quote we’ve had recently which captures what Guitar Weekends is all about was “Tired but inspired!

The success of our courses can be measured in many different ways: enjoying a good time with others, how much knowledge/technique is absorbed and how inspired people are when they leave to continue learning (and practising properly). A statistical measure is the number of students who come back again and again for refreshers and brand new courses.

If you’re asking yourself if you’re good enough or confident enough – don’t worry! The combination of course structure and especially the ability of our professional tutors enables everyone to be pushed, regardless of ability, without making them feel uncomfortable.

We cater for acoustic, electric and bass guitarists.

 

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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 are 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.

 

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, 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.