Group Course for Beginners
Next classes start 24 – 29 April 2017.
'You’re always learning about this thing every time you pick it up.'
– Keith Richards
Designed for absolute beginners, Waltons New School of Music's Introducing Acoustic Guitar for Adults course offers a relaxed and enjoyable introduction to the guitar and what it can do. Students begin with basic left- and right-hand technique, and the lessons then progress through a varied and interesting repertoire – including folk, pop and rock songs – while students develop their skills. The course, one of the New School’s most popular, has given hundreds of adult beginners an impressive grasp of guitar fundamentals.
Participating students will need a good quality acoustic guitar to bring to class and practice at home. Guitars are available from Waltons music shops and can also be purchased together with the course (see Course + Instrument Package below).
Have you enrolled in this course?
See our Introduction Handout for tips on how to get the most from it.
What happens after the course has finished?
Before the end of each Introducing… course, you will be given options for continuing your tuition at the school. Although a continuation ‘Improvers’ course cannot generally be scheduled on the same day/time as the Introducing course, one can be arranged if enough students would like to continue and your teacher has timetable availability. Students can also continue their tuition with either private (one-to-one) or small group lessons with other class members (see Private, Partner & Small Group Lessons). We are happy to discuss these options with you.
A demonstration of some basic techniques covered in the course:
Introducing Acoustic Guitar for Adults is one of our group courses for beginners. We also offer an Introducing Acoustic Guitar for Teens course and an Introducing Guitar for Children course. And private (one-to-one), partner, small group and one-off 'intensive' guitar lessons are available for students at all levels, from beginner to advanced. Go to Departments & Faculty – Guitar & Bass for more information.
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Course + Instrument Package
In association with Waltons music shops, the New School also offers a discounted Course + Instrument Package that provides students entering this course who don’t already have instruments with everything they’ll need. The package includes the course plus a high-quality SX SA1 Acoustic Guitar Kit, including guitar, gig bag, strap, electronic tuner and plectrums (regular price €137.50), available to pick up from the school office on the day of your first class, for a reduced 'package' price (see below).
If you would like to include a Left-Handed SX SA1 Acoustic Guitar Kit (regular price €145) for your Course + Instrument Package, there is an additional €7 charge (please indicate 'Left-Handed' on your enrolment form).
You should purchase this Course + Instrument Package at least one week before the first class in order to ensure availability of your instrument before the course begins. All instruments are subject to availability.
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Comments from Students
'A comprehensive introduction to the instrument.'
– E. Ó Caollaí
'I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone.'
– E. Mernagh
'Would highly recommend this course to anyone starting out on the guitar.'
– N. Clarke
'As an absolute beginner, I did not expect to learn so much in such a short time. Excellent tuition, and the course was fun as well as rewarding. Thanks and well done!'
– D. Mullins
'Well taught, very entertaining, great music, nice friendly group.'
– M. Goggins
'I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of learning and developing a new skill. This was further enhanced by the enthusiasm, motivation and continual encouragement and support of the teacher.'
– M. O'Reilly
'I tried learning guitar on my own over the years and then didn't pick up the guitar for two years. This class has been perfect for me, with encouraging, good-humoured teaching. I'm enjoying learning!'
– S. Gavin
'I never thought I would be able to read chords and actually play something in such a short time.'
– K. Mifsud
'I was trying to play guitar for a year, but YouTube didn't help. With this course, now I can play and understand what's going on.'
– Z. Alhawashim
'I have been trying to play guitar for years. After a ten-week course I really feel I have some chance now!'
– G. Collie
'Great interaction between the teacher and each individual student. Great fun too!'
– B. Rahman
'Brilliant teacher. Really enjoyed the course!'
– D. O'Connor
'I was nervous learning an instrument like the guitar for the first time as an adult, but our teacher made us all feel at ease and the pace of the lessons suited our learning development. I can't wait to come back!'
– D. Ffrench
'Great way to get started with the guitar! [I have] a very thorough and patient instructor, with good choice of content for the classes. I have found that my playing has improved greatly.'
– T. Elomari
'The relaxed atmosphere made the course really enjoyable, which made the lessons a lot easier and helped me to progress quicker than I ever expected.'
– G. Treacy
'I tried learning online and got nowhere. Already, after the course, I can play a few songs. Will definitely recommend it.'
– M. Kumar
'Anyone can learn the guitar. All you need is a willingness to learn and a professional teacher from Waltons New School of Music.'
– S. Collins
'Each class brings me closer to a possible dream realised.'
– M. Kerrigan
'I found the course very enjoyable and very much looked forward to my hour class every week. My teacher created a very relaxed and fun learning environment and managed to include enough variation for me to have a good understanding of guitar playing. Will be continuing classes in the next term.'
– C. McCauley
'I would highly recommend the course to anyone who always wanted to learn the guitar, especially those who think they are "too late" or are afraid of the instrument.'
– J. McNally
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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John has been playing and teaching music for over thirty years. His interests and skills are wide-ranging – including classical, jazz, folk and contemporary music – and he plays and teaches everything from Bach to the Beatles, and Eric Clapton to Radiohead. In addition to his guitar teaching, he has overseen and coordinated several CD album projects for which students have written, recorded and performed their own original compositions, and he has worked as artist-in-residence in several primary schools, where he taught songwriting skills. John has worked extensively as a musician both in Ireland and abroad, supporting such well-known acts as Honor Heffernan and Jimmy McCarthy, He is also a songwriter – his work has been broadcast widely on RTÉ radio and many local stations around the country – and he has written and produced two albums of music and poetry for the Dundalk poet Patrick Boyle. John has worked in education all his life and holds a BA (Hons) degree as well as a Higher Diploma in Education (PDE). In 2013, he completed a Masters in Theatre Studies at Dublin City University. In addition to teaching at the New School since 2013, John also teaches our Songwriting Fundamentals for Teens course, as well as outreach guitar classes in our In-School Music Programme.
Fran 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 bass. He has played professionally with different bands, releasing several CDs and recording various artists, including Cathy Davey. His most recent project is the band torc, which released the album The Last Love Song in 2011. Fran has worked in several music shops and was Manager of Waltons Music for five years. In addition to teaching at the New School since 2003, he has also given lessons at several Dublin-area primary schools through our In-School Music Programme and facilitated workshops at the Ballyfermot Community Centre aimed at helping young people understand the music business. Fran also teaches our Introducing Guitar for Children and Electric Blues Guitar Basics courses, as well as outreach guitar classes in our In-School Music Programme.
John comes from a musical family and has been studying and playing guitar and bass for over thirty years. He works in many different styles, including blues, rock, jazz, traditional and flamenco, and he has performed and recorded with a number of Irish groups, gigging extensively throughout Ireland, Canada, the UK, the US and Spain. He began teaching in 1988 at the Scarborough School of Guitar in Toronto, Canada, where he also studied composition and flatpick technique. He has also studied flamenco guitar with Miguel Escudero Lopez in Seville, Spain and traditional music at St. Enda’s Folk Park & Museum, and he continues to develop techniques in the range of guitar styles he plays and teaches. John has taught guitar, bodhrán, bouzouki and tin whistle at the New School since 2003, as well as our Introducing Guitar for Teens and Trad Guitar Basics courses, and outreach guitar classes for our In-School Music Programme.
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2016-2017 Third Term Class Schedules
CLASS 1 (John Sweeney)
9 weeks, 24 April – 3 July 2017
Mondays 6.30 – 7.30 pm
(No classes on 1 May & 5 June Bank Holidays)
CLASS 2 (John Sweeney)
10 weeks, 25 April – 27 June 2017
Tuesdays 7.30 – 8.30 pm
CLASS 3 (Francis Long)
10 weeks, 26 April – 28 June 2017
Wednesdays 8 – 9 pm
CLASS 4 (John Clarke)
10 weeks, 27 April – 29 June 2017
Thursdays 7 – 8 pm
CLASS 5 (John Sweeney)
10 weeks, 29 April – 1 July 2017
Saturdays 1.30 – 2.30 pm
Tuesday – Saturday Classes
Course Alone: €170
Course + Instrument: €285 or €292 (package savings: €22.50 or €23)
Course Alone: €153
Course + Instrument: €268 or €275 (package savings: €22.50 or €23)
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Enrolment for this course requires a completed Enrolment Form and full payment of the course fee or course + instrument fee. Places in each class 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 or course + instrument 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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