Guitar Rock & Pop Electric & Acoustic - Improvers & Above Print this page

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Dates: 18/04/18 - 27/06/18
Days: Wednesday 19:00 - 20:00
Sessions: 10
Centre: Carshalton College - Carshalton College
Course Code: V33012B09JV
Fees: Standard - £100.00
Concessionary - £100.00

Course Information

As well as the pleasure and sense of achievement you will experience learning to play music on the guitar, researchers have shown that playing a musical instrument is very good for the brain.

Most activities use only a few areas of the brain at a time while playing a musical instrument, on the other hand, has been shown to set off a symphony of activity all over your brain so you will benefit both physically and mentally from developing your musical skills as well as the achievement and pleasure factor.

What are the overall aims of the course?

The course builds on the previous year, adding more chords and developing more complicated strum patterns and finger patterns.
Good technique is applied to build speed and avoid soft tissue damage.
Melodies and riffs are taught with TAB.
You will aim to develop your pool of songs and improving your technique.
Students can perform before other members of the group at the end of term. It is an opportunity that is not compulsory.

What will I learn on the course?

Play more advanced Chords: for example, minor 7th, sus4, power chords/barre chords to Improver standard.
Further develop your playing techniques.
Recognise and replicate different rhythm and strum patterns from basic to more complicated.
Further develop your finger patterns: play more complicated patterns at speed
Play TAB with more advanced rhythms and techniques, for example, string bending, slides
Further refine your Ear to develop your playing and practice.

Your tutor will give you more information about the course at your first session.

Are there any entry requirements?

Students must have completed the Guitar Beginners Course or have equivalent experience/playing ability.

Do I need to attend a course approval interview/assessment before I can join this course?


How will I be taught?

Classroom based (including practical work where applicable)
Extending Learning through VERA (Virtual Education Resources & Activities)

Practical class work, follows initial tutor demonstration, explanation and instruction. General class guidance is given by the tutor with some one-to-one guidance where appropriate while other students practice. There will be elements of small group and whole class practice and students are also strongly encouraged to practice regularly at home to promote and maintain their development.

Song selection is discussed and students are encouraged to put forward ideas and depending on the complexity of the songs, student preference is taken into consideration.

Students also have the opportunity of performing at Sutton College’s Xmas and Summer concerts in front of an audience of other sympathetic students and their family and friends.

How will my progress be checked?

Informal assessment in class
Tutor observation
Continuous informal assessment methods are used by the tutor to monitor students’ progress and involve observation, questions and answers and discussion activities.

Does the course have any features I should be aware of?

The class is flexible to allow students to work at their own level.

To get the most from the course, you need to be able to:
Follow spoken instructions.
Understand the number concepts of rhythms and recognise the differences between different rhythms.
Work and perform individually, in small groups and as a whole class

What do I need to bring with me to class?

Guitar (Electric or Acoustic)
If you bring an electric guitar please bring a lead.
Please bring a tuner if you have one.

Note pad / paper and pencil are necessary to take notes.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

Additional Learning Support (ALS) may be made available for learners who, at the time of assessment and/or enrolment, declare a difficulty or disability that may affect their learning. Our service can support learners in English, maths, who are dyslexic, deaf or hearing impaired or who have evidence of other medical issues impacting on learning. Learners can also find information about financial and child care support from the Customer Enquiry Centre.

All learners are entitled to use our iClick - Computer & Digital Learning Centre. For more information please see or contact

You will be issued with a Sutton College e-mail address, which will give you access to Sutton College’s Virtual Learning Environment, called VERA.

There is free guest Wi-Fi available in the College

Can I receive advice and guidance about further education opportunities and careers?

Yes. To find out more about what may be available to you please contact our Advice Team. See

What can I do after the course has finished?

Continue with this class to further develop your performance level.
Progress to the intermediate class at Sutton College or progress to an alternative class with another provider. Please discuss options with the tutor.

What should I do if I have any questions?

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