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When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Geoffrey Raggett
  • Course Code W24MPPE04A
  • 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  contemporary finger-style songs.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Play finger style picking arrangements of well-known songs
  • Read music and guitar tab 
  • Navigate the Fretboard independently
  • Use the thumb to articulate droning and alternating bass notes
  • Combine melody (finger) and harmony (thumb) in complete finger picking  arrangements
  • Play a single note guitar solo using pima
  • Examine the triads and chord extensions in the given key of each song
  • Play with confidence in a group and on your own

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

To have ideally completed Acoustic Guitar 3 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 10–15 minutes, at least 4 times a week.

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

What you can do next

This course continues on to Acoustic Guitar 4B and 4C.