For players who want to learn to play classic Americana tunes tastefully and correctly and make them instantly recognisable. We’ll look at grooves, licks, riffs, intros, outros, fills. Everything in-depth.

This course is all about the ‘Americana sound’. Country, blues, folk, Western Swing and more; maybe even incorporating a touch of Bluegrass.

We’ll cover Americana chords and its many distinctive rhythms, embellishing chord progressions and how to colour simple chords and progressions with well-placed hammer-on and pull-off embellishments and where and when to use them. Creating simple solos using major and minor scales within the Americana style. And yes, fingerpicking and banjo roll techniques – wonderful things to know and applicable across many styles other than just Americana.

We’ll look at artists and their songs as diverse as The Eagles, Chet Atkins, Lynyrd Skynyrd. Maybelle Carter, Bruce Springsteen, Elizabeth Cotton to Townes Van Zandt and Lyle Lovett. There’s such a choice within the Americana genre that we always decide on the list just before the course and provide a listening list.

As with all our courses, there’ll be non-stop playing using some great tunes throughout; this is a technique-focused course with tons of tunes and no theory.

The course is suitable for most players and you’ll certainly add to your repertoire on this one. Lots of extra tools to plop into that guitar toolbox to bolster your  confidence and improve your playing. If you can play open and some basic barre chords then you’re good to go.

We take things at a steady pace with lots of breaks to stretch the legs and backs and get some air into our lungs and generally have some quiet time to take in what has been taught and time to discuss it with the other hobbyists. The course is as much about having a fun, sociable weekend as it is about improving your guitar playing.

Acoustic, electric and bass guitar players of average-and-above level are fine for this course. There are no hard and fast rules about course suitability but a beginner would struggle here. Contact us if you’re not sure.

Course Overviews – check out our ‘What you should know’ section. Available on request.

Prep Sheets: Available on request to course goers prior to the course.

Whatever level you’re at, you’ll have lots of takeaways to work on later. Call us for a chat at any time.

This one is a real guitar-fest and a theory-free zone!


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