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Have you always wanted to play the guitar, but never learned?

Did you try a few chords, but gave up in frustration?

Maybe you got tired of listening to your guitar teacher showing off, or calling you 'dude'? ;-)

Courses run at:

Thimblemill Library, Bearwood, West Midlands, B67 5RJ

0121 429 2039

Adults Beginners Plus Thursday evenings 7.00 - 8.30pm

Spring term 1 -  2nd January - 6th February 6 weeks £55

Spring term 1 -  27th February - 11th March 5 weeks £45

Kids ( age 9+ ) Saturday 10.45 - 12.15pm

Spring term 1 -  2nd January - 6th February 6 weeks £55

Spring term 1 -  27th February - 11th March 5 weeks £45

Adults Beginners Small Class Saturday 1.45 - 2.45pm

Spring term 1 -  2nd January - 6th February 6 weeks £10 a session

Spring term 1 -  27th February - 11th March 5 weeks £10 a session

Ring Scott on 07795 176 840 for more info or email.

Course tutor: Scott Pawsey BA (Hons) Music, Dip Mus, Cert Ed.

What will I learn each week?

Each lesson is divided into sections, progressing each week:

Knowledge - parts of the guitar, musical terms.

Independence - being able to maintain your guitar.

Ear training - weekly practice to be able to tune your guitar and recognise pitch.

The fretboard - finger exercises and note knowledge.

Chords - 'open and 'stretchy' chords.

Duets - playing a simple melody over a chordal accompaniment.

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Do I need any experience?

Absolute beginners are welcome, and the course starts right at the beginning.

What ages can enrol?

Music is cross-generational and all ages are welcome! Learners under 10 are usually too young to cope with a 90 minute lesson and will need a familiar adult to sit in with them if they are keen to learn.

What do I need?

You just need an acoustic guitar, and a plectrum if you have one. If not, you can buy a pack of five on the day for £1. Argos stock affordable guitars, as do GuitarGuitar on Birmingham's Hagley Rd.

How many people will I be learning with?

The groups range from 5 to 15 people, and you'll probably acquire some musical friends for 'jams' quite quickly!

Is it safe?

Learning the guitar is a low risk activity, but I take health and safety very seriously. Thimblemill Library have large rooms and plenty of space for guitars to be moved about. The introductory week addresses the risks and teaches good guitar practice.

I am registered with SoundSense public liability insurance member no: 002495 and my CRB number is 001305067930.

How long does it take? Will there be opportunities to progress to a stage 2 course?

It takes up to 12 weeks for a complete beginner to learn the basic root chords and become adept at changing them. It takes another 6-12 weeks to get used to strumming and picking. People obviously vary in how much they practice but in my view I consistently find that students require 4-6 months before they are happy with how they sound.

Using Sibelius 7, I write out popular songs in guitar tab format for up to four guitars at a time, with both easy and more challenging parts.

Do I need to be able to read music?

There will be some use of notation in learning aids, but it is not necessary to be able to read music to play the guitar. In fact, it is rare for guitarists to read music. Most of the worksheets are in the  form of tablature, which you are encouraged to read and write as soon as possible.

What kind of music will we study?

The acoustic guitar works best for rock and folk music, so that is what you'll be studying at first. But it's also important that you play music you like, so the course also involves playing and possible adapting / simplifying songs you already know and love. One of the aims of this course is to get you developing your own style as early as possible.

I'm shy!

You're in good company! Everyone feels nervous when they try something new, but those who succeed are the ones that do it anyway. We'll make you feel welcome, and be assured that as well as delivering top quality tuition it is MICM policy to ensure the dignity and emotional well-being of all participants at all times.

Should I enrol?

If you've read this far, the answer is probably yes! Click here to book now.

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