We go back to the basics: set-up, open chords, how chords are built and fit togther, essential techniques, some really useful theory, classic strumming and picking patterns, strategies for changing chords smoothly and easily, a dip into the Blues, introduction to playing melody and much more – all covered using iconic tunes from a wide range of genres/styles. This is our entry level course for players who can already play a little.


Our Strugglers course covers most genres and all of the basics. It has earned the reputation of being our safe, entry-level one as it sits in between our Beginners and Improvers courses and caters for a wide range of acoustic, electric and bass players. If you can already play but aren’t sure which course to go on – this the one.

Struggling has a specific and pertinent meaning to guitarists. Players of every level struggle with different things: keeping time, trying new rhythms, mastering chords and changing smoothly between them, injecting a little groove into things, trying some melody, grasping basic plectrum and finger techniques, being able to play along with others, actually learning a song, having the confidence to just have a go and everything else. We take up to introducing barre chords – this is the definitive step into the intermediate levels. If you can play them already then, after checking you’re playing them efficiently and effectively, you’ll be pushed with new chords to expand your chord vocabulary.

All the basics are covered: open chords and their best fingerings, how to strum and fingerpick, how to change chords efficiently and cleanly, we look at a variety of rhythms across different styles, introduce you to the minor pentatonic as used in the Blues and build up your repertoire (Beatles, Van Morrison, Dylan, The Eagles, Eric Clapton, etc.).


Course suitability

We encourage most levels of acoustic, electric and bass guitarists to come along and this includes relative beginners. If you have attempted a few songs, and maybe have one or two open chords  under your belt then you’ll be just likely fine for this course.



Hand-outs will be made available during the course. After the course, you’ll receive copies of all flip charts, group photos taken, audio and video recordings made and any supplementary sheets mentioned during the course.

Prep Sheets are available on request for revision/practice and to help fill any knowledge gaps.



All our courses are group teaching events and we pace them to suit the particular group (allowing time to go off-piste when required!). Remember – having fun is as important as learning and playing.

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