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Acoustic Guitar - Beginners

Course aims

This course will teach you the basic mechanics and workings of the guitar. You will learn basic chords and melodies which will enable you to accompany some well-known tunes.

Will I gain a qualification?

No - this is a non-accredited course.

Course length

The course is for between 12 and 24 weeks.

Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to learn the basics of playing an acoustic guitar using tablature (diagrams).

Do I need any prior knowledge, skills or qualifications?

You won’t need experience of playing a guitar or of reading music for this course. The course involves a small amount of reading and numerical sequences, so you will need to have basic literacy and numeracy skills. You will have a short initial assessment at the start of the course to ensure that it is suitable for you.

What will I learn?

  • How to read basic chord sequences from tablature (diagrams).
  • To be able to tune a guitar.
  • To be able to play basic strumming patterns.
  • How to play basic chords and scales.
  • The construction of a guitar and how to hold it correctly and safely.
  • To be able to play solo and as part of a group.

What could this course lead to?

This course could lead to a course in playing acoustic guitar at Intermediate Level.

How will I learn?

  • Tutor demonstration and instruction.
  • Exploring the mechanics and construction of the guitar.
  • Practise playing set tasks independently, in pairs and whole group.
  • By producing a small workbook you can refer to when practicing.
  • By recording yourself and others playing and evaluating performances.

Your responsibilities as a learner on this course

To ensure that you gain maximum benefit from your course you will need to attend all sessions, be punctual, and bring your guitar to each session.

Important information

You will need to bring your own acoustic 6 string guitar (strung for right handed, or left handed players as appropriate). If you are unsure about where to purchase, your tutor will advise you at the enrolment session.

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