Play Guitar

Ref: C3674697

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 movable 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

To enable the learner to be able to play along in a group situation and help gain confidence. Instruments require much practice to achieve a certain standard and practice tips and shortcuts are discussed in and informal group setting. Scales covered.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for improvers
  • You must be able to play basic chords and chord progressions and own a guitar.

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
  • playing an instrument requires many hours of practice. You get out what you put in! Progressing week by week the course will be tailored to the group as a whole and the needs of the individual learner. Assessment is by tutor and self.

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 will need a tuning device, preferably and electric tuner. Apps are available for smartphones and can be downloaded free.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • Internet access to Ultimate Guitar and You tube online guitar lessons is 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
  • Go you a jam session or form a group. Play with others. Learn Ukulele!!!

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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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