Beginners - Fingerstyle Blues

This course is focused squarely on beginner-level players, or those who can already play but need a little refresh. The overriding aim of the course is to help provide some of the groundwork for our  Intermediate level courses. We’ll cover basic fingerpicking as applied to the Blues.

 

Overview

We tackle this subject in three stages – all equally important:

Prep work

Prep sheets will be available from 1 Mar covering all key areas and most subjects as described in the morning session below. These are there as revision for some but a leg-up for anyone new.

 

Morning session
We’ll look at the basics: finger/string assignment, elementary picking technique for thumb/fingers, open chords for the Blues, picking patterns, basic rhythm and notation. We’ll be using TAB, song sheets and chord boxes (these will go out as part of the Prep Sheets).
Afternoon session
This is where we put the basics into action. We’ll put together a Blues shuffle pattern which can used in lots of songs; we might use a classic song as the basis.

 

Course level: The course is suitable for beginner acoustic and electric guitar players alike i.e. raw beginners to beginner+ or even low intermediate players who are struggling and fancy a refresh.

Materials provided: Prep sheets are available along with lesson PDFs. In-lesson videos will be taken if needed.

 

What’s it like on a course?
The bulk of each lesson is obviously the teaching (usually with a minimum number of questions taken along the way) but we dedicate the end slot for Q&A. Being online means that players can elect to either have total privacy with their mic mute and video disabled or switch them on and join in with questions or even work along with the tutor. The lessons, over and above the outlined specific subjects, try to give you the tools for self-improvement.

A quick note about the materials
We’ve always recognised that the real work takes place after a course and that’s why we pay special attention to the materials in order to help with home practice. The earlier you book, the earlier you get access to the core materials.

Course suitability in general
Check out our guide to player levels v course categories. The course is online and materials are provided and so it might still be useful for players who consider themselves below the required standard.

Overall objectives and a reality check
Yes – our courses are there to look at the advertised subject matter but we also like to challenge players and give you great techniques and practical theory/know-how to work on in your own time. Don’t expect to completely nail a whole song or to be able to fully in command of all techniques or understand every bit of practical theory on the course; it’s fantastic if you can but be patient and work diligently through the material at home.

Call us for a chat at any time
Whatever level you are, you’ll have lots of takeaways to work on later. If you’d like to go through the course please call or email.

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