Group Course for Beginners
Next course starts 29 April 2017.
'My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who I am.'
– Joan Jett
Want to learn guitar through the music you like? Designed especially for teen beginners, Waltons New School of Music's Introducing Guitar for Teens course takes a practical, enjoyable approach to acoustic guitar tuition. The style is hands-on, contemporary and seriously fun. Skills are developed using chord and riff examples from today’s top groups. You will also gain such essential musical knowledge as song structure, tab notation, scales, rhythm and metre, intervals, chord shapes and strum patterns, and techniques such as muting and string bending. By the end of the course you should have an impressive grasp of guitar fundamentals and a solid understanding of how songs are put together.
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?
Two weeks 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 of the techniques covered in this course:
Introducing Acoustic Guitar for Teens is one of our group courses for beginners. Private (one-to-one), partner, small group and one-off 'intensive' guitar lessons are also 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
'All together I would give the course 10 out of 10 – great teacher, great staff, great facilities – Waltons has it all.'
– L. Clancy
'Excellent teacher. I had so much fun learning to play guitar in a fun and relaxed environment. I will definitely come back.'
– L. Hopper
'A great introduction to guitar and will be something I'll continue into the future.'
– J. Keating
'I learned loads and really feel like I have a good general knowledge of guitar.'
– D. Shine
'John is a fantastic teacher and mentor and is a great role-model for his students.'
– O. Martin
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 Sweeney, Teacher
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 Adults and Trad Guitar Basics courses, and outreach guitar classes for our In-School Music Programme.
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2016-2017 Third Term Course Schedule
10 weeks, 29 April – 1 July 2017
Saturdays 12 – 1 pm
Course Alone: €170
Course + Instrument: €285 or €292 (left-handed)
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 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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