Acoustic Folk

This course is an electric-guitar-free zone (ok – maybe an acoustic amp!). We’ll explore acoustic guitar techniques through the styles and songs of artists straddling both sides of the “pond”, including the likes of: Donovan, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Ralph McTell and many more. This is a very practical and hands-on course with teaching exercises and tunes played as a group but with ample opportunities for soloing and jamming.

Overview

We’ll cover flatpicking, fingerpicking and hybrid picking patterns and techniques, how and when to use a capo to best effect, introduce drone notes, alternating bass lines, slash chords, legato techniques and harmonics; we’ll explore varied rhythmic strumming patterns, touch on practical useful theory, tackle solo fingerstyle approaches and look at music notation and lot more.

The course is based on iconic (and some unusual) songs that will add to your repertoire and provide you with extra tools and confidence to improve your playing.

This weekend course is a bit of a guitar-fest. We can adapt the defined subject matter and the overall pace of the course to the group. So much so that, where appropriate and requested by the group, we can go off-piste to explore some related subjects.

 

Course suitability

We encourage most levels of acoustic player to come along (and we have successfully incorporated a bass player on occasion); but it’s not for the beginner. Average-and-above players who have a few songs under their belts will fine for this course.

 

Materials

Prep Sheets are available on request.

Hand-outs will be provided as we go through the weekend and after the course the following will be made available: any supplementary PDFs, audio and video recordings made, phots of the group and any flip chart diagrams.

 

Remember

  • As with all our courses, having a sociable weekend with other guitar hobbyists and having some fun is as important as the teaching and playing.
  • The class size numbers for these residential courses are limited – don’t miss out.

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