This course is focused on the engine room i.e. your strumming/picking hand/arm. Rhythm also has a lot to do with your ears and brain – rhythm is everything! It’s instantly noticable 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, Lynard Skynyrd, Stevie Wonder and many, 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’!
Is this course for you?
Check out the Course Overview – it provides a few more specific details, defines if the course is suitable for acoustic, electric or bass guitar players. It also gives you an idea of the sorts of things you should probably know or have had exposure to.
Course suitability – fine for players of average and above playing ability (definitely not for beginners). Check out the course suitability guide in FAQs .
A chat – it’s important that you, and we, feel comfortable that you’ve chosen a suitable course. If you’re at all unsure then once you’ve looked at the above, a chat about the course and your experience and aspirations is always a good idea. .
Before the course – we always try to make Prep Sheets available for all our courses; these provide some focused revision/practice and try to help fill any knowledge gaps.
During the course – we provide detailed handouts for the exercises, songs and reference material. Extensive use of mini break-out sessions help to consolidate concepts and techniques as well as private practice time. Naturally, there will be plenty of opportunities to jam with the group and, if you fancy it, perform solo.
After the course – materials such as flip charts, group photos, recordings and videos along with any additional music or information PDFs are made available to you via the internet and Dropbox.
Finally – our courses try to provide you with the basic techniques, practical knowledge and, above all, the confidence so that you can improve and enjoy your playing to the fullest . Having fun and a sociable time with like-minded hobbyists is at the heart of everything.