Play Guitar

Ref: C3672838

You will be encouraged to play together as a group and the session is about having fun in an informal environment. This is not a beginners course and some chords and sequences may feature barre chords and their moveable shapes. The course will covers scales and explain where and how they can be put to use. Hybrid chords / scale based chords will also be covered.

Course aim

Course aims: To provide support and encouragement in getting a learner to play in a group situation and not in a back bedroom. Maybe even you’ll start singing along with the tunes.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • You must own a guitar, and electronic tuner and a music stand if possible. You will also need a ring binder or box file to keep your handouts safe.

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

  • Play along in a group situation and maybe take part in an open mic night.
  • Sing along to a tune and keep time.
  • Play tunes and rhythms and keep the guitar in tune.
  • Have knowledge of scales and have an idea of where to apply them.
  • Be able to listen to a piece of popular guitar music and differentiate between the bass-lines, the lead guitar part and the rhythm.

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?

  • 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?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Guitar, Tuner and music stand

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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • This course could lead to a range of job opportunities. Follow link to National Careers Service for more details
  • You could progress to Higher Education courses. Follow link to the PEARL website for information
  • Join or form a band or become a professional guitarist or maybe even teach!

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Play Guitar


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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