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At the heart of English folk

Guitar

Learn folk guitar in a relaxed and friendly environment. The classes explore all aspects of folk guitar; from flat picking tune playing to chordal accompaniment for folk songs. 

The modern day acoustic guitar is a popular musical instrument classified as a string instrument typically with 6 to 12 strings. The sound is projected acoustically through the vibration of the instrument and is played by strumming or plucking the strings with the right hand while fretting the strings with the fingers of the left hand. 

Watch tutor, David Delarre, give an introduction to the classes:

 


Guitar classes

Level 1-2 (Absolute Beginners / Beginners)
Throughout this course we will be looking at the basics of playing the guitar and developing the fundamental skills involved in folk guitar playing from basic fingerpicking patterns to chordal accompaniment for folk songs. We'll look at strumming patterns, different chord voicing and learning basic folk tune arrangements on the guitar. Learning mainly by ear, students will develop skills in a range of techniques and styles in an informal and relaxed environment at their own pace. This course is ideal for those who wish to gain an insight into folk guitar and pick up some fun and interesting techniques along the way.

Level 3-4 (Improvers / Intermediate)
Throughout this course we will be closely looking at specific aspects of folk guitar; finger style techniques, flat picking and chordal accompaniment for folk songs. We'll be looking in depth at finger style techniques and arranging folk tunes on the guitar. We'll also take a look at harmony and how to escape from the 3 chord trick when accompanying folk tunes. Learning mainly by ear, students will develop skills in a range of techniques and styles in an informal and relaxed environment. This course is ideal for those who wish to build on their existing folk guitar knowledge and gather the tools to progress in this style.

 

Pre-entry level requirements

Level 1
Complete beginners are welcome!

Level 2
This course is for people who have a basic knowledge of playing the guitar and who are looking to learn more. Students should have a good knowledge of 1st position chords and scales and have a basic understanding of barre chords. Plectrum and finger-style guitarists will both be welcome.

Level 3-4
This course is for people who have a good knowledge of playing the guitar and want to learn in more detail the idiosyncrasies of the folk guitar style. A thorough knowledge of 1st position chords and scales, a good understanding of barre chords and right hand plectrum and finger-style technique is required.

 

Who leads the course?

The guitar classes are taught by David Delarre.

David is a musician, composer and teacher. Through his work with 3 times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Mawkin, David has toured the UK and Europe, performed for BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 and also recorded a live session for Jools Holland for BBC 2. His work as an arts practitioner has led him to teach Folk Roots Enrichment at Hills Road College, Cambridge and as part of the Shooting Roots programme of workshops at folk festivals across the country. David also teaches guitar, mandolin and banjo and currently plays for Eliza Carthy.

 

How can I take part?

Autumn 2017

The next academic year will run from September 2017 - April 2018

Autumn Term 2017: 9, 23, 30 Sept | 14, 21 Oct | 4, 18 Nov | 2, 16 Dec 

Spring Term 2018: 20, 27 Jan | 3, 17 Feb | 3, 17, 24 March | 14, 21 April 

Guitar Level 1 & 2 (10.00 - 11.30)

Guitar Level 3 & 4 (11.45 - 13.15)

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For any queries, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | 020 7241 8953

 

Terms and Conditions

Refunds: all courses are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by EFDSS.

Concessions are available to people who are in full-time education; in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance; in receipt of Income-Based Benefit (such as Income Support, Housing or Council Tax Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Pension Credit). For concessionary rates please call the box office on 020 7485 2206. The box office is open between 9.30 and 17.00 Monday to Friday. Evidence of concession will need to be provided before the start of term by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a copy of your supporting documentation.

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More Information

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