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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Geoffrey Raggett
  • Course Code W23MPPF04B
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

The course focuses on solo guitar, studying arrangements that combine both melody and harmony. Further develop your finger picking skills through playing Delta & Country Blues finger-style songs.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Play Blues finger style picking arrangements in open G tuning
  • Play Blues finger style picking arrangement in standard E tuning
  • Read music and guitar tab 
  • Navigate the Fretboard independently using blues boxes to play licks
  • Use the thumb to articulate droning and alternating bass notes
  • Combine melody (finger) and harmony (thumb) in complete finger picking arrangements
  • Apply string bending, hammers, pull offs and slides
  • Play with confidence in a group and on your own


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • Class format and activities

    Listening to tutor explanation and demonstration  Group tuition and group performance Playing to and with others in the class In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will receive regular feedback in a constructive and supportive environment. Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    To have ideally completed Acoustic Guitar 4A or have equivalent playing experience at that level.  Prior to this course students will have successfully applied barre chords and have a good understanding of the CAGED system and are now in a position where they are looking combine lead and rhythm playing. Students should have previously played Travis picking and are adept at all slur techniques (including bends) Students should be able to read guitar tab and rhythm notation to a good standard.

    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 15-20 minutes, at least 4 times a week. Online enrolment on term 2 of this course, starting in January 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 curriculum department will contact you.

    What you need

    6-string acoustic guitar , A4 folder Notebook/Progression Diary Pencil and Eraser Capo All sheet music and learning resources will be provided Tutor will supply all sheet music.

    What you can do next

    Acoustic Guitar 3C