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Introducing Guitar for Teens

A Group Course for Beginners

Next course starts 4 May 2019.

‘My guitar is not a thing. It is an extension of myself. It is who I am.’
– Joan Jett

‘All together I would give the course 10 out of 10 – great teacher, great staff, great facilities – Waltons has it all.’
– L. Clancy

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Course Description

Introducing Guitar for TeensWant 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.

Course participants will need to have steel-string acoustic guitars or nylon-string ‘classical’ guitars to bring to class and practice with at home.

Have you enrolled in this course?
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Introducing Guitar for Teens is one of the New School’s group courses. We also offer private guitar lessons in a range of genres for students of all ages and skill levels. See Guitar • Bass • Ukulele Tuition for more information.

Techniques Covered

A video demonstration of some techniques covered in the course:

John Sweeney

John SweeneyJohn comes from a musical family and has been studying, playing and teaching guitar, as well as bodhrán, tin whistle and a range of Irish traditional instruments, 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 a range of guitar styles. John was the only guitar player selected by the renowned vocal innovator and improviser Bobby McFerrin to perform with him in the National Concert Hall for Bobby McFerrin Meets Ireland (2013), a unique collaboration for the Waltons World Masters Series between Bobby and a small, select group of Irish performers – chosen to represent the creativity, tradition and spirit of Ireland and selected through an Ireland-wide audition process. He has taught at the New School since 2003 and also teaches our Introducing Guitar for Adults, Introducing Bodhrán and Trad Guitar Basics courses, as well as guitar and bodhrán courses for our Outreach Programme.


‘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

‘John is a fantastic teacher and mentor and is a great role-model for his students.’
– O. Martin

‘I learned loads and really feel like I have a good general knowledge of guitar.’
– D. Shine

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2018-2019 Third Term Course Schedule & Fee

9 weeks, 4 May – 29 June 2019
Saturdays 12 – 1 pm

Tuition Fee: €180


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. A number of our group courses fill in advance of their start dates, and early enrolment is recommended.


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


Questions about the course?


What happens after the course?

Two weeks before the end of each Introducing course, participating students will be given options for continuing their tuition at the school if they’d like to do so. 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 the teacher has timetable availability. Students can also continue their tuition with private (one-to-one) lessons or ‘partner’ lessons with another class member (see Tuition Options – Private • Partner • Small Group Lessons). We are happy to discuss these options with you.

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