1-to-1 and group tuition for guitarists of all levels – learn to play the guitar in the way you want! Both courses led by Noel Maher in the friendly and informal setting of Band on the Wall’s education suites.
Have you always thought about learning to play guitar but not sure if it’s for you? Put off by expensive lessons fees? These five-week beginner guitar courses are designed to give you an affordable and accessible ‘taster’ of the wonderful world of the guitar. The group course for beginners is sociable, accessible and a great way to get into playing music.
Over five one-hour group sessions our experienced, friendly and supportive guitar tutor Noel Maher will take you through some of the basics of popular guitar, and show you that learning to play can be a fun and rewarding experience. Starting from the ground up, this course will cover everything you need to start playing tunes within just a week or two, including how the guitar works, simple melodies and fingering, how to read guitar TAB (guitar-specific music notation) and the basics of chords and strumming.
Don’t own a guitar yet? Don’t worry – Brighter Sound can provide guitars for use during lessons. Please let us know if you need to borrow a guitar for the lesson.
Block 1 (Apr-May)
Fridays 6.30-7.30pm: May 5, 12, 19, 26
Block 2 (Jun-Jul)
Fridays 6.30-7.30pm: Jun 9, 16, 23, 30. Jul 7
Open to adults and young people over 16*; a great 1-to-1 course of personalised lessons for all levels – from beginners to advanced.
“My lessons are relaxed and informal and cater for all levels and abilities. My approach is to personalise the learning for each student, catering for any musical style but at the same time to offer a structured, progressive way of learning and exploring creative sides of the guitar.” – Noel Maher
The course covers all the fundamental guitar skills and techniques, whilst remaining flexible enough to accommodate any students’ individual abilities and personal musical tastes.
Lessons are taught in two five-week blocks. During the first block (Apr-May) you learn fundamental techniques; how to play some well known melodies and chord patterns and read basic guitar musical notation. The second five weeks (Jun-Jul) will expand on what has already been learned, introducing some more diverse and interesting tunes, techniques and elementary theory.
After ten weeks, beginner students will have developed the skills and knowledge to develop their guitar playing independently and with confidence, and are welcome to return for further blocks of lessons at any time.
Noel Maher is an accomplished solo acoustic guitarist and teacher and performs as a solo artist regularly in Manchester. He was taught folk guitar by his dad, going on to explore styles ranging from metal to classical. He now specialises in fingerstyle techniques learning from greats such as Andy McKee, Erik Mongrain and Pierre Bensusan. He is passionate about passing on his knowledge and love for all things guitar.
*any child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Additional info (1-to-1 Lessons)
Pricing: £100 per block of five 1-to-1 lessons. Book either five at a time or all ten at once to guarantee the same time slot.
Wednesdays 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm – May 3, 10, 17, 24.
Fridays 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm – May 5, 12, 19, 26.
Wednesdays 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm – Jun 7, 14, 21, 28. Jul 5.
Fridays 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 7.30pm, 8.30pm – Jun 9, 16, 23, 30. Jul 7.