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

Electric Blues Guitar Basics

Group Course for Intermediate Students

Next course starts 26 April 2017

'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

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

'Was good fun, and I now have a real sense of direction for what I should be practicing.'
– G. McGuire

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

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. Each term all feedback questionnaires are entered in a draw for a €50 gift token, which can be used either towards additional tuition at the school or for instruments, sheet music or accessories at Waltons Music shops.

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 Francis Long, Teacher

Fran LongFran has been involved in the music business for many years. At the age of eight he joined the Artane Boys Band, where he learned to play the clarinet, oboe and the bell lyre – before moving on to guitar (in which he earned both an ABRSM diploma and an LTCL diploma) and other instruments. He has played professionally with a number of different bands, releasing several CDs and recording various artists, including Cathy Davey. Fran has worked in several music shops and was Manager of Waltons Music for five years. In addition to teaching guitar, banjo, mandolin and music technology at the New School since 2003, he has also facilitated workshops at the Ballyfermot Community Centre aimed at helping young people understand the music business and teaches outreach guitar courses for our In-School Music Programme.

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 2016-2017 Third Term Course Schedule & Fee

10 weeks, 26 April – 28 June 2017
Wednesdays 7 – 8 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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