Play Guitar

Ref: C3672231

Course description: (This is displayed on the WEA website.) Summarise the course and its content in 40 words or fewer. You will be encouraged to play together as a group and the session is about having fun in an informal environment. We will cover easier beginners’ chords and eventually progress on to more complex chords and moveable shapes. The course will lightly cover scales and explain where and how they can be put to use.

Course aim

Course aims: To provide support and encouragement in getting a learner to play in a group situation. Maybe even you’ll start singing along with the tunes. We aim to cover at first about nine chords but this will eventually lead on to more.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • You will need to have a guitar and be able to play and change between chords. This is not a beginners group!

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

  • Tune and keep the guitar in tune
  • Be able to listen to a piece of popular guitar music and differentiate between the bass-lines, the lead guitar part and the rhythm.
  • Have a knowledge of how to play with other people and interact in a group situation
  • Have a knowledge of scales and how to apply them
  • Sing along to a tune and keep time.

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
  • Extra help can always be asked for but you must remember that playing an instrument requires many hours of practice. You get out what you put in!

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • 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
  • Feedback will be ongoing and assessment will be by observation and self assessment.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Any prior knowledge or entry requirements? You just need to own a guitar and be able to want to play simple chords. If you can sing then all the better. If not then just come along and play!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Not essential - The complete guitarist – Richard Chapman – 2nd edition There are many online resources. Web - Tabcrawler, Tab Robot,, Ultimate guitar archive Youtube – online guitar lessons

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Suggestions for progression to further study or for using the skills and knowledge gained: Join or form a band - go along to a jam session and join in!

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Play Guitar


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