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Guitar for Absolute Beginners

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Have you ever wanted to have a go on the guitar but not sure where to start? Or maybe you’d like to buy one but not sure what to look for? Perhaps you have one but just need some good advice to get going, or you’ve tried to learn but just got a bit stuck?

This workshop aims to give absolute beginners a great starting point, with lots of information and advice, including how to start playing and practicing, and advice on buying a guitar and avoiding costly mistakes.

It looks at types of guitars, their pros and cons, common questions such as which guitar to learn on, how much to pay, where to buy, how much to practice, whether to go for electric or acoustic?

You’ll learn about the different parts of the guitar, tuning, “open” chords, understanding ‘tab’, using a capo, and how to strum to simple songs, as well as useful “non-playing exercises” to help develop your playing technique. We’ll look at look at typical beginners’ problems, and de-mystify some of the musical terms you might come across.

There will be a small amount of playing on the day at a level suitable for absolute beginners, but the workshop is mainly about giving you information to help you understand the guitar and decide what you would like to do next.

If you have a guitar, bring it along. Some guitars will be available for you to try on the day.

Workshop leader Pete Normanton has played and taught guitar for many years, and regularly leads workshops at the Stables including The Basic Principles of Music, “and How to Make Up Chord Sequences.

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