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Guitar for Improvers

  • - 4:00pm
  • £33
  • Adult/15+ Workshop
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In recent weeks we have re-started a number of our workshops and courses on a limited basis. It's great to be back in the venue making music again and we've had a very positive response from workshop participants. Please follow this link to read about the planning that has taken place to ensure we can provide a safe environment for all our customers, staff and artists.


This follow-up workshop to our Guitar for Absolute Beginners is also suitable for beginners who may have been playing for a while but would like some extra help in moving on.

This workshop concentrates on how to use chords and scales to play songs. It covers strumming and finger-picking techniques. You learn about open, closed and bar chords and approaches on playing “movable” shapes, chord types (focusing on on major, minor and seven(th) chords). We cover simple open scales and how to use them to play tunes, and briefly look at more advanced closed scales. We cover using plectrums and types that suit you, tab notation and how it relates to standard music notation, along with its pros and its cons. You also learn about how and why to use a Capo.

To take part in this workshop you should know how to tune your guitar, the names of the strings and be able to play most if not all of the following chords:  G, C, D, D7, A, Am, G7, E, Em, B7.  Also you should know the 12 chromatic notes and how to make up a major scale from them (the 2-2-1-2-2-2-1 or T-T-S-T-T-T-S rule). (Contact education@stables.org if you have any questions about your experience or suitability for this workshop)

Please bring a guitar (acoustic preferred), guitar tuner and a capo.


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