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 bit.

Strugglers is our safe, entry-level course – level-wise it sits in between our Beginners and Improvers courses and caters for a wide range of acoustic, electric and bass players.

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.

Don’t be fooled into thinking this course is too low level or, for that matter, too advanced; it’s aimed at those players who simply want to get on and play. We all find it difficult to progress sometimes as we fall into musical ruts, hit technique road blocks, plateau and play the same old stuff or maybe don’t enjoy the guitar as much as they used to.

A lot of frustrations stem from incorrect playing techniques, bad set-up (player and guitar), and maybe only a very limited understanding of how music works for the guitar. 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.).

We regularly get players on this one who are still relatively new to the guitar (not raw beginners!) to others with 20+ years’ of on-off playing under their belts but who are just ‘stuck’. A bassist is most welcome on this one.

Course suitability

Matching someone’s skill level with their aspirations to a course isn’t a science! Players can be brilliant at music knowledge but struggle to actually play, and vice versa. There are two resourses you can use and along with a practical suggestion:

  1. Check out the course suitability guide in FAQs;
  2. Request a Course Overview – this contains some ‘should know’ specifics.
  3. After digesting and considering the above, it’s always a good idea to have a chat about the course.

Once signed up, Prep Sheets are available for every course to allow some focused revision/practice and try to help fill any knowledge gaps.

After the course, we make all materials available to you via Dropbox after the course e.g. flip charts, group photos, recordings and videos along with any additional music or information PDFs.

The course is about providing you with the basic techniques, practical knowledge and, above all, confidence for your toolbag so that you can play some music and enjoy it.

As with all our courses this course is designed to be sociable event with other guitar hobbyists; so, having some fun is absolutely as important as the learning and playing.

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