We offer 3 class levels for learning guitar. See the individual class descriptions for information on what the levels aim to cover during the year.
All guitar groups are on the same night, with the expectation that students will move up or down within the first few weeks of term as they find the level which suits them best.
Be prepared for your tutor to move you to a different class at the start of term and discuss with them if you’re not sure what level is right for you.
Classes will rotate tutors for one night in week 7 of Term 1 to give students and tutors the chance to feed back and share different experiences of teaching and learning.


Guitar 1

Aimed at complete beginners. Learn the basics of playing the acoustic guitar: chords, strumming patterns and basic picking, with a view to accompanying traditional music and song.

We will also look at how to properly tune and maintain your instrument. You should have a guitar to bring along to the class.

Three continuous terms from Sept 2016.

Times: Thursday at 7-9pm Boroughmuir School
Room: 2.10
Tutor: Dan Abrahams

Guitar 2

For players with an understanding of guitar basics, the class also aims to accommodate students moving up from Guitar 1. We will look at getting to know the guitar neck, tunes and songs, rhythm work, chords and inversions, and developing finger-style accompaniment and flat-picking.

Topics covered during the year include:
Open string chords: C A G E D; Am, Em, Dm; A7, D7, E7, B7
Changing chords reasonably smoothly
Following a chord chart
Learning to read TAB
Repertoire of song accompaniments
Keeping time
Playing simple tunes using alternate picking (plectrum)
Basic finger-picking

Three continuous terms from Sept 2016.

Times: Thursday at 7-9pm Boroughmuir School
Room: 2.11
Tutor: David Francis

Guitar 3

For guitar players who are comfortable playing a range of chords and have good basic technique. We will learn chord variations, more complex strumming and picking patterns, and develop your skills as an accompanist for traditional tunes and songs. While catering for more confident players, the class aims to welcome a range of ability, with space and fleixibility for students to move up from Guitar 2.

Topics covered during the year include:
Chords: Barre chords, inversions, voicings
Fluid chord changes
Knowledge of basic accompaniments for waltz, march, jig, reel
Knowledge of some basic chord progressions
Busking an accompaniment
Play A, D and G scales
Playing tunes up to speed (at least at two-thirds accepted tempo)
Finger-picking

Times: Thursday at 7-9pm Boroughmuir School
Room: 2.12
Tutor: Mark Neal