Learn how to perform, play the guitar and sing. Gain the confidence to play: in front of the family, at an open mic night, in a jam session or as a band member to a paying audience! We’ll give you the know-how covering preparation, delivery and how to handle those ‘nerves’.


What will we be covering?

Do you panic when someone says “oh you play the guitar, give us a tune”. Your heart sinks, your adrenaline kicks in, you remember all those places where you’ve gone wrong in the past; all while you’re desperately trying to recall something you think you can actually play. In fact, you know that haven’t practised or rehearsed sufficiently – the nerves fire up!

You can learn how to perform playing just the guitar or playing and singing and turn the nerve-racking and palm-sweating into an incredibly rewarding experience. Our course conisders three basics levels of performing:

  • Just having a go!
  • Being able to deliver a piece competently.
  • Maybe actually being able to entertain and enthrall an audience.

The great news is that the course group is always a supportive audience as we’re all in the same boat. We’ll  look at both guitar and voice:

  • how to choose a tune or set list suitable for your playing/singing level and adapt it accordingly.
  • delve into the often-overlooked area of proper practice and then rehearsal.
  • how to deal with nerves.
  • preparing your gear.
  • discussing ‘stage’ presence.
  • how to take away learning points and improve.
  • breathing and getting the most out of your voice.
  • using the guitar as an accompaniment instrument.
  • learning how to learn and much more.

Since you’ll be playing the songs you want to learn to perform, it would be helpful if you can provide a copy  of the song(s) in advance.  In addition, if you’re planning to play over a backing track, you’ll need to make us aware of the track. If you want to run the track the PA  send us an advance copy.

There will be multiple opportunities for solo performances over the weekend – choose to focus on one song only or perform a few of them  – your choice. We’ll also slot in some duet and band exercises as well as structured jamming.


Who’s this course suitable for?

All playing levels

As this course is all about your performance of the songs that you like to play, it’s suitable for players of all playing levels (acoustic, electric and bass). You should have a tune or two under your belt that you can play relatively easily when you’re by yourself. The course is not about teaching you the song – it’s about teaching you how to perform it.


What’s included in the price?

There are a number of ways of attending our courses: residential, non-residential (excludes B&B) and sharing with a spouse/partner. Our prices are all-inclusive:

  • tuition
  • accommodation (double en suite room whether single or sharing)
  • all meals (breakfasts, dinners, lunch and morning/afternoon refreshment breaks)

Check out the venue by clicking on the name in the sidebar above. If you have any specific requirements about staying at the venue click ENQUIRE and we’ll see if we can help.



  • Prep sheets – if we think there are any relevant PDFs then we’ll send them out in advance.
  • Course sheets – most guidance will be documented on flip charts for this course.
  • Revision and practice materials will be made available to you after the course e.g. audio/video recordings, any supplementary PDFs and photos of flip charts.


Want to know more about:

  • how our weekends work?
  • the course detailed content?
  • course suitability?

Click ENQUIRE and we can arrange a follow-up call to chat.


And finally

Our weekend courses are teaching/playing guitar-fests but they’re paced to suit the group so they’re as much about having fun and enjoying a sociable time with fellow hobby players.

Playing together as a group is the best, and most enjoyable, way of learning and experiencing music. The courses have limited numbers to ensure the correct tutor-to-group ratio – book early to avoid disappointment.

Make a weekend of it!

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