This course is focused on the engine room i.e. your strumming/picking hand/arm. Rhythm is everything – it has a lot to do with both ears and brain. It’s instantly noticeable if you’re ‘wandering’. The odd misplaced note is easily forgiven but rhythm is critical – if you struggle with time and keeping it then this is the course for you.
Listening is at the heart of music. As hobbyists we generally play by ourselves and our rhythm never really gets addressed and practised correctly.
We’ll cover: time signatures, rhythm notation, note and rest values, strumming and finger-picking techniques, counting in, keeping time, ‘playing in the pocket’, listening to others playing and ‘feeling the groove’.
Styles looked at, include: rock, funk, blues, folk, soul, classical, jazz and many more. We’ll use some great songs as a basis for all exercises. We’ll consider the likes of Chic, Paul Simon, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stevie Wonder and many more.
The course is suitable for most players and 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. If you can play open chords and some basic barre chords then you’re good to go.
This course, in particular, is a real ‘guitar fest’ and you’ll definitely add to your repertoire.
and but it’s fine for average-and-above players.
We encourage most levels of acoustic, electric and bass guitarists to come along; it’s definitely not for a Beginner. Average-and-above players who have a few songs under their belts and have attempted barre chords should be fine on this one.
If you need help checking if this is the right course for you:
Once signed up, Prep Sheets are available to allow some focused revision/practice and try to help fill any knowledge gaps.
As with all our courses this course is designed to be a sociable event with other guitar hobbyists; having some fun is as important as learning and playing.