Guitar for beginners and improvers

Ref: C3679223

Over a duration of 6 weeks online based learning. This course will cover the fundamentals of the guitar for beginners whilst also giving guitarists in their early stages an in depth detailed insight into their instrument. We will cover a wide variety of aspects, from theory and harmony to fingerpicking techniques and learning the fundamentals of the guitar. We will test our aural skills and learn how to tune our guitar and all about basic guitar maintenance e.g re-stringing and keeping our guitar 'happy'. lessons will consist of learning about good warm-up techniques, rhythmic exercises and basic scales. During the six weeks we will learn a variety of popular songs that will help us learn how to form chords, play basic melodies, riffs and more! This course aims support the student with their educational needs by offering further assistance by working with the student with helping their 'personal' progression e.g taking suggestions for songs to be delivered in lessons!

Course aim

This course aims to enrich people through the power of music. From helping a person begin their musical journey to offering a more in depth look and insight into the wonderful instrument that is the guitar.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • You will need your own personal email address so that you’re able to login to the WEA’s digital learning platform: WEA Canvas. You will need to be able to understand how to follow URL links to pages on the internet. If you want to understand more about Canvas please visit:
  • You will need to be able to follow links to join our WEA live video learning platform: WEA Zoom. If you’d like to understand more about our video learning platform, Zoom please visit: and
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • To have a basic understanding of guitar fundamentals.
  • To have a basic understanding of chord theory and harmony.
  • To be able to understand and read basic guitar notation (TAB).
  • To be able to identify a a variety of of basic guitar scales.
  • To be able to play a basic chord progression within a popular song.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA’s digital learning platform, Canvas will be used to provide resources or to support lessons, enable assessment, provide learner feedback and for other activities for individuals away from the course. If you want to understand more about our digital learning platform please visit:
  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will be able to keep a record of your progress and achievement using photos, audio, text or documents uploaded into the WEA’s digital learning platform, WEA Canvas.
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

What else do I need to know?

  • What you need: You will need an internet connection, speakers, a microphone and a webcam so that you can use our video learning platform, Zoom. If you’d like to understand more Zoom please visit:

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider

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Guitar for beginners and improvers

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As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you enrol. Please check the details below to ensure you meet the basic eligibility critiera:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2020
  • You declare that the address you provide is correct and that you will provide evidence of this and your eligibility to live and work in the UK
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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