Waltons New School of Music - Electric Blues Guitar Course, Dublin

Electric Blues Guitar Basics

Group Course for Intermediate Students

Next course starts 16 January 2018.

'There are so many sounds I still want to make, so many things I haven't yet done.'
B.B. King

'There’s so much that can be done on the guitar. I’ve only done a few bits and pieces, really, considering what can be done.'
Jimmy Page


Course Description

Electric Blues GuitarEvery electric guitar player should have a thorough understanding of electric blues. Not only are some of the greatest guitarists in history electric blues players, but blues is also the inspiration for many contemporary electric guitar styles. Waltons New School of Music's Electric Blues Guitar Basics course provides participants with a solid introduction to electric blues playing and covers the following elements:

  • Major and minor pentatonics and the blues scale
  • Pentatonic to the blues – how to turn the scales into effective lead melody lines
  • Phrasing and stressing the blues – introducing phrasing and rhythm into your playing, and making effective use of the blues/pentatonic scales, using slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, trills
  • Bending the blues – what notes to bend, different types of bends (pre-bend, slow release, whole tone bends, double stop bends)
  • Chromatic and passing notes and minor 7th arpeggios
  • Improvising over basic 12-bar blues using all the above techniques
  • Classic licks – learn how the legends have done it

Along the way participants will be introduced to the great electric blues players through listening sessions and numerous practical examples.

A demonstration of some of the techniques covered in the course:

Although this course is an introduction to electric blues, it is not a course for electric guitar beginners. (Go to Introducing Guitar for Adults or Introducing Guitar for Teens for information on our beginners courses.) Participants in Electric Blues Guitar should have at least one year’s playing experience, be able to read guitar tablature and have a good grasp of basic open-position chords as well as standard barre chord fingerings. Changing from one chord to another should not be a problem.

Electric Blues Guitar Basics is one of our group courses. Private, partner, group and intensive lessons in electric blues guitar and other guitar styles are also available. Go to Departments & Faculty – Guitar & Bass for more information.

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 Comments from Students

'A great course – lots of information and great fun.'
– N. Brennan

'Concise classes, well explained, excellent instructor.'
– T. Byrne

'Very good value for the money.'
– M. Harvey

'I now have a real sense of direction for what I should be practicing.'
– G. McGuire

'The course covered a lot of material that was really handy for us to use ourselves to practice.'
– D. McLean

Have you taken – or are you taking – this course? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire.

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 Gary Norman, Teacher

Gary started to learn the guitar as a young child and soon began to explore bass guitar and ukulele as well. He began playing live with bands and vocalists in his early teenage years, enjoying everything from pub residencies to Aviva Stadium events, and playing a wide range of genres and guitar styles, including rock, pop, folk, metal, reggae, blues and jazz. Alongside cover gigs, Gary began writing his own music, and he was a finalist in RTÉ 2FM’s New Irish Music competition while still in secondary school; since then he has worked on a number of national and international projects. Writing and recording music developed Gary’s early interest in production, and he pursued this by studying at Ballyfermot College of Further Education, where he earned a diploma in music technology while working as a live sound engineer and recording EPs for local acts. He went on to study Music and English at University College Dublin, where he received a first class honours degree. As well taking numerous advanced modules in tonality and musicianship during his time in college, he also studied Non-Western music and joined the National Concert Hall Gamelan Ensemble, with which he has performed at Electric Picnic, the National Concert Hall and Leeds University. Gary is an experienced teacher of guitar, bass and ukulele, both privately and in groups; he has also taught Leaving Cert. Music and run workshops with a number of music schools. In addition to this course, he teaches our Introducing Guitar for AdultsIntroducing Guitar for Children and Introducing Ukulele courses, as well as outreach guitar and ukulele classes for our In-School Music Programme.

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 2017-2018 Second Term Course Schedule & Fee

10 weeks, 16 January – 20 March 2018
Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30 pm

Tuition Fee: €170

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Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee. Places are limited to eight, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date of enrolment. Most of our group courses are fully booked well in advance of their start dates, so early enrolment is recommended.

Purchasing this course as a gift? Please complete a Gift Certificate Booking Form.

Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.

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