Guitar - Post Beginners

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

This fun, practical course will support the development of your guitar playing through a broad repertoire of simple and more challenging pieces. It will provide you with a solid understanding of music, while encouraging you to follow your own musical tastes and personal expression and gain increased confidence in performance.

Course Content

Your course will enable you to expand your knowledge and technical skills, considering topics such as:

• Barre chords and movable chords
• Fingerstyle techniques (folk, classical and blues)
• Alternative tunings
• Use of capos, transposition
• Further understanding of music theory and song form
• Learning songs by ear
• Basics of improvisation
• How to approach playing for family and friends

You will learn as a group, but inevitably each learner will develop at their own pace. You will explore a range of music from simple pieces to some more challenging ones as appropriate to your level. You will explore some ensemble (group) pieces appropriate to everyone’s ability and level.

This specialist course has been identified to run with fewer numbers due to either the student demand for the course and subject area or the need for increased one to one tuition. This course will be able to run with only six learners and will have a maximum of 10 in the class.

Entry Requirements

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

This course is suitable for you if you've completed the Guitar Beginners course, but is open to anyone who can play several chords, strum a simple sequence in time, and read a simple melody from tab or notation.

Level 1 literacy or above is an advantage, as handouts will be distributed at different times to reinforce learning.

First Class Requirements

An acoustic guitar is most suitable for the course, and may be steel-string or nylon-string. If you have an electric guitar, that's acceptable, but you may need to bring a small practice amp too.

Please bring your guitar, notebook, and a pen or pencil. A tuner, music stand, and folder for handouts will also be useful.

Attendance Requirements

Regular attendance is required.

Assessment Methods

There is no formal assessment on this course, although you will be able to identify individual goals and later reflect on your development. Your tutor will assess your learning and progress during the practical nature of the classes.

Further Study Options

You may wish to progress to further guitar courses at RACC or be inspired to explore more of our practical music courses such as singing.

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 and guidance that is not answered in this outline please email

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