This 1973 classic song by Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan is ideal for beginner+ to intermediate+ players.
In this single lesson we’ll cover a lot of subjects on top of learning the complete song. There’s everything from strumming the chords (in open position or barre) using different rhythm patterns, to applying double stops in the intro.
The more advanced learner can apply the pentatonic and blues scales to practise improvising a solo.
We will explore how to use major chords, 7ths, a 9th and even an 11th chord. We will discuss how the chords and scales relate to the fretboard and the CAGED system that we so often use to get around the guitar.
Prep Sheets: Chord sheets for open and barre chords used.
For the lesson: TAB PDFs (using a backing track when needed).
Home practice: accompanying video snippets of all key exercises and song sections as well as backing tracks and any in-lesson short recordings.
Beginner+ to intermediate+ (Acoustic and electric)
What’s it like on a course?
The bulk of each lesson is obviously the teaching (usually with a minimum number of questions taken along the way) but we dedicate the end slot for Q&A. Being online means that players can elect to either have total privacy with their mic mute and video disabled or switch them on and join in with questions or even work along with the tutor. The lessons, over and above the outlined specific subjects, try to give you the tools for self-improvement.
A quick note about the materials
We’ve always recognised that the real work takes place after a course and that’s why we pay special attention to the materials in order to help with home practice. The earlier you book, the earlier you get access to the core materials.
Course suitability in general
Check out our guide to player levels v course categories. The course is online and materials are provided and so it might still be useful for players who consider themselves below the required standard.
Overall objectives and a reality check
Yes – our courses are there to look at the advertised subject matter but we also like to challenge players and give you great techniques and practical theory/know-how to work on in your own time. Don’t expect to completely nail a whole song or to be able to fully in command of all techniques or understand every bit of practical theory on the course; it’s fantastic if you can but be patient and work diligently through the material at home.
Call us for a chat at any time
Whatever level you are, you’ll have lots of takeaways to work on later. If you’d like to go through the course please call or email.