Acoustic Guitar for Improvers

Course Details

This is a follow on course for students who wish to improve their guitar accompaniment skills.

Suitable for those who have completed an Acoustic Guitar for Beginners course or who have grasped the rudiments of guitar accompaniment using basic open chords. Please note this is not a classical guitar course although it may include the study of some elementary classical guitar techniques.

Teaching will take a hands-on approach and will be centred on songs covering popular musical genres. There will be audio and visual demonstrations by the tutor and practical application by students.  Learning will be aided by handouts provided by the tutor.

Information & Support

This is a follow on course for students who wish to improve their guitar accompaniment skills.

Students will need to bring to the lessons:

  • An acoustic guitar(steel strung or classical).
  • Medium picks/plectrums.
  • A music stand.
  • An electronic guitar tuner.
  • Notepad and pencil/pen.

Handouts for chord shapes/chord progressions/scales and blank guitar windows/TAB will be provided.

Simon Newton is an experienced Ringwood-based freelance guitar and vocal harmony teacher. He performs as guitarist and musical arranger with popular Dorset band Musique a Trois, and acoustic jazz band Retroswing. He was formerly a peripatetic guitar teacher for Hampshire and Southampton Music Services, and the University of Southampton. Simon studied jazz at The Keech School of Music in Hull and Chichester College. He enjoys arranging for solo guitar and composing classical music. He is a member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors@ LCM and the Institute for Learning and has organized and led jazz guitar workshops and written technical articles for the Southern Jazz Guitar Society.

Course Cost

Course costs are as follows:

7 weeks - £67

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any age restrictions (young/old)?

Students need to be 19 years old or over.

There is no upper age limit.

Can I start the course part way through?

For some courses, this may be possible.  Please contact leisercourse@brock.ac.uk to confirm.

What do you define as a 'beginner'?

Beginner is someone who has little or no knowledge of the subject area.

Please contact leisurecourses@brock.ac.uk for further clarification.

What do you define as 'intermediate'?

Intermediate is for those who have completed a beginners course with us or have some knowledge of the subject but would like to learn more.

Please contact leisurecourses@brock.ac.uk for further clarification.

What do you define as 'advanced'?

Advanced for those who have completed an intermediate course with us or are proficient in the subject.

Please contact leisurecourses@brock.ac.uk for further clarification.

What should I take with me on the day?

Please see ‘Information & Support’ within each individual course information page.

If you require further details please email leisurecourses@brock.ac.uk

How much does the course cost?

The cost of each course will be displayed on each individual course information page.

If you require further details please email leisurecourses@brock.ac.uk

Can I pay for the course in instalments?

Each course needs to be paid in full before the start of the course.

Are there any concessions available?

Reduced fees may apply for those on specific benefits.

Please contact leisurecourses@brock.ac.uk for more details.

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