Acoustic Guitar Fast-track 1B

When and Where

16 Apr 2018 - 9 Jul 2018 (22 hours, 11 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 13:00 - 15:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee

Quick Facts

This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Geoff Raggett
Course code

What you will learn

Suitable for players with a term's experience, this course teaches you the basic technique to play open chords and simple melodies including strumming and picking patterns from folk and popular songs. Please bring your own guitar. This course is a continuation from Acoustic Guitar 1A and therefore requires tutor approval and you are unable to enrol for it online. This is a fast-track course designed for students starting in January to be ready for a level 2 course in September. To achieve that goal students are strongly recommended to attend both our January and April fast-tack courses and to further support their learning with one of the intensive 1C Summer school courses.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • A variety of simple strumming patterns to accompany well known songs: - including Country Blues, Soul/Pop and AOR rhythms
  • Develop plectrum skills
  • Develop Arpeggio style finger picking
  • Play melody/lead passages to accompany chord sequences
  • Read and apply G, D, C major and E, A, D minor chords.
  • Understand basic music theory: - notation, rhythm representation and symbols
  • C Major scale
  • Understand the major scale formula
  • Play with confidence in a group (as ensemble) and on your own

Class format and activities

Listening to tutor explanation and demonstration Group tuition and playing to and with others in the class.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

This course is for those with basic ability to play acoustic guitar and some knowledge of simple chords. Ideally you will have taken Acoustic Guitar 1A.

Online enrolment on term 3 of this course, starting in April, is only available to those enrolled in the previous term. If you are a current student you will have received an email alerting you to this. If you are new to this course please select 'Ask a Question' and the Music Department will contact you.

What you need to know before you enrol

You will need to be willing and able to do short, regular practice sessions between classes: at least 10–15 minutes, at least 4 times a week.

What you will need for your class

A 6-string acoustic guitar. Notebook, pencil and eraser. Registry of Guitar Tutors: Acoustic Guitar Playing - Preliminary Grade (Book/CD)
ISBN 9781905908103

What you can do next

Discuss with tutor measures to prepare for Acoustic Guitar 2A.