Highgrove Education

Introduction to Guitar

This course is designed for students who want to take their first steps in learning to play guitar. In this elective course, you’ll learn the basics of tuning, playing individual notes, playing simple chords and barre chords, the basics of rhythm and melody, including major, minor and pentatonic scales, as well as riffs, power chords and more! Anyone with access to a guitar and a desire to learn how to play is warmly welcomed.

Key Information

COURSE SYLLABUS

TEACHER PROFILE

Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
DepartmentArts
TeacherMr Harry Williams, Head of Mathematics
Course Length10 weeks
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week
ExaminationNone 
Entry RequirementsYou need to own/borrow a guitar (electric or acoustic, with pick), and be a complete beginner.

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1Tuning, playing notes, simple chords
Lesson 2Playing with fingers or pick, chords on all six strings
Lesson 3More chords and switching between chords
Lesson 4Learning rhythm
Lesson 5Playing melodies
Lesson 6Introduction to the major and minor scales
Lesson 7Riffs and power chords
Lesson 8More chords
Lesson 9More right hand tricks
Lesson 10More chords

Teacher Profile

Mr Williams has taught Maths and Further Maths for over ten years prior to joining Highgrove Education, most recently at Harrow School Online, where in 2023 his pupils achieved 90% A*-A in Maths and 100% A*-A in Further Maths. Before this he taught at Abingdon School where he was responsible for their UKMT challenges and Sixth Form Maths Enrichment. Mr Williams graduated with a First class Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of Sussex in 2013, then went on to complete his PGCE with the University of Reading. He is a keen advocate for the power of technology to enhance and indeed transform pupils’ enjoyment and understanding of Mathematics.