Acoustic Guitar for Beginners

Ref: C2339700

This course will give students new to playing the guitar a good grounding on basic play, understanding your guitar, tuning it and some essential advice to help you along your journey to becoming a capable guitarist.

Course aim

To provide complete beginners with a good underrstanding of how to play the guitar. This will include some theory and learning to play a specific song. No previous experience is necessary but you will need to bring your own guitar.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners

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

  • An understanding of your guitar's anatomy.
  • You will learn to play a song.
  • You will learn to strum your guitar.
  • You will learn to pick single notes on your guitar.
  • You will learn to read simple guitar music.

How will I be taught?

  • 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
  • You will be expected to carry out a range of activities in your own time

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

What else do I need to know?

  • You need to bring a guitar, tuner and pick. We will help you get a tuner and pick needed.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • You will be able to teach yourself how to play other songs at the end of this course.

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Acoustic Guitar for Beginners


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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