Play Guitar

Ref: C3673117

You will be encouraged to play together as a group and the session is about having fun in an informal environment. Covering open chords, progressing on to barre and their moveable shapes. Hybrid chords / scale based chords will also be covered.

Course aim

Providing support and encouragement getting learners to play in a group situation and not a back bedroom. We aim to cover at first about nine chords leading to more.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is for students who attend a specific centre only. For more information please call 0300 303 3464
  • You just need to own a guitar, an electronic tuner and be able to play a variety of simple chords. If you can sing then all the better. If not then just come along and play!

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.
  • Hopefully sing along to a tune and keep time.
  • Play simple rhythms and keep the guitar in tune.
  • Have knowledge of scales and have an idea of where to apply them. Scales and improvisation are possible and explaining how and when you should improvise will be discussed and demonstrated.
  • 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
  • Internet research is useful and Youtube access is encouraged.

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
  • One to one feedback and peer group discussion.

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.)
  • You need an acoustic guitar preferably, a guitar tuner and a music stand would come in handy. A ring binder is also useful as we have many handouts.

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
  • Have a look at Youtube for online guitar lessons and tips.

What can I do next?

Download full course information sheet

Play Guitar


As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • 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 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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