When you want to expand your guitar playing beyond the beginner stage this course is for you. You will learn songs that are a little more complex in their chord sequences. You will also learn barre chords, country flatpicking, blues licks and have an introduction to jazz chords including learning to play a jazz standard. We will begin to explore the fascinating world of how chords fit together to reach an understanding of the basis of all music theory.
You will need to have attended the Guitar: Blues, Country and Jazz (Beginner) course or have equivalent experience (i.e. good command of basic open chords and the ability to play through the chords of a song without stopping) to enrol on this course. You will also be expected to complete an Individual Learning Plan to help support your progress.
The course will include, blues and country forms of guitar playing, including the use of modulation. Soloing techniques and the use of jazz chord shapes in the context of playing from chord charts and improvisation. You will also study harmonised scales, modes, arpeggios and other useful approaches to improvisation in different musical contexts.
Please note: although you will be introduced to all the above over a single term (10-weeks), the course is developmental over the whole year. If you sign up for the full three terms (courses A, B and C) at the start of the academic year e.g. August / September you will be entitled to the early bird discount.
Teaching and Learning Methods
You will learn through Practical activities, Peer assessment, Listening and analysis, Demonstration and discussion, Use of supporting online materials (Google Classroom / OneDrive), Individual practice, Use of ILT (computers), Continuous assessment
You will be expected to work independently to develop your guitar technique. The focus should be on instrumental practice but should also include developing your understanding of music theory.
You will be continually assessed through your practical activities and will receive feedback in a variety of ways e.g. peer assessment, verbal and written feedback from your teacher.
Qualification you will achieve
This is a non-accredited course but a certificate of completion can be provided by the College on request.
Next Steps and Progression
Upon successful completion of the course you may be able to progress to accredited courses at Level 1, join the next level of guitar course or perform in ensembles.
For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or phone: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk
Additional Learning Support
Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.
WM College is able to provide financial support for course fees, you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.