Waltons New School of Music - Introducing Guitar for Adults Course

Introducing Guitar for Adults

Group Course for Beginners

Next classes start 15 – 20 January 2018. ALL CLASSES FULLY BOOKED

'You’re always learning about this thing every time you pick it up.'
Keith Richards


introguitaradultsCourse Description

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

'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

'Would highly recommend this course to anyone starting out on the guitar.'
– N. Clarke

'I have been trying to play guitar for years. After a ten-week course I really feel I have some chance now!'
– G. Collie

'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

'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

'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

'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

'Well taught, very entertaining, great music, nice friendly group.'
– M. Goggins

'Each class brings me closer to a possible dream realised.'
– M. Kerrigan

'I tried learning online and got nowhere. Already, after the course, I can play a few songs. Will definitely recommend it.'
– M. Kumar

'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

'I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and would recommend it to anyone.'
– E. Mernagh

'I never thought I would be able to read chords and actually play something in such a short time.'
– K. Mifsud

'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

'A comprehensive introduction to the instrument.'
– E. Ó Caollaí

'Brilliant teacher. Really enjoyed the course!'
– D. O'Connor

'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

'Great interaction between the teacher and each individual student. Great fun too!'
– B. Rahman

'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

'Great, knowledgeable teacher. This beginner guitar class helped me go from not knowing one end of a guitar from the other to actually being able to play a song!'
– A. Veale

'The tuition is first rate...fantastic tutor, with excellent ability in both playing and teaching.'
– G. White

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 about it.

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John Clarke

John Clarke

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 outreach guitar classes in our In-School Music Programme.

Gary Norman

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 Children and Introducing Ukulele courses, as well as outreach guitar and ukulele classes for our In-School Music Programme.

John Sweeney

John SweeneyJohn 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 and tin whistle at the New School since 2003. In addition to this course, he teaches our Introducing Guitar for Teens and Trad Guitar Basics courses, as well as outreach guitar classes for our In-School Music Programme.

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 2017-2018 Second Term Class Schedules

10 weeks, 15 January – 19 March 2018
Mondays 6.30 – 7.30 pm

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

10 weeks, 17 January – 21 March 2018
Wednesdays 8 – 9 pm

10 weeks, 18 January – 22 March 2018
Thursdays 7 – 8 pm

9 weeks, 20 January – 24 March 2018
(No class on 17 March – St. Patrick's Day)
Saturdays 1.30 – 2.30 pm


Course Alone: €170 | €153 for Saturday class
Course + Instrument: €285 or €292 (left-handed) | €268 or €275 for Saturday class
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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