Acoustic Guitar Blues & Beyond Workshop

This course may be delivered online - please see the course information box to confirm.

Your course will provide you with the skills, techniques and musical understanding to accompany songs, solo and expand in traditional blues forms and more contemporary styles. This group can accommodate a wide range of levels and abilities and is very supportive of your learning while also presenting a wide range of challenges.

Course Content

Your course will develop your repertoire and knowledge of songs and tunes while introducing you to topics such as:

Arm, wrist, hand and finger exercises and technique to develop requisite strength/flexibility and to avoid risk of straining.
Listening/aural skills - recognising chords, hearing and predicting chord changes.
Twelve bar blues forms and progressions in different keys with rhythmic options at differing tempos.
Minor Pentatonic Scales for soloing
Ensemble playing - Starting with simple forms and practicing to high levels of clarity, timing, tone and expressiveness, then gradually developing complexity.
Further technique such as string bending, vibrato, hammer-ons, pull-offs, finger picking, open tunings and slide technique.

The course is delivered with a differentiated approach to support each player?s level of development

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

You should be able to play common chords and chord changes with some fluency.

First Class Requirements

Guitar, notebook and pencil.

You will need an acoustic guitar and accessories such as spare strings, capo, bottle slide & plectrum. You are also advised to purchase a blank stave notebook.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

If you require further course information or advice & guidance that is not answered in this outline, please email