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Guitar 2 - Unlocking Your Guitar

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This course will suit you if you are a reasonably confident beginner rather than novices; can already play through some songs; or have already completed Karl's Beginner's course. What happens for a lot of us is we get to the stage of being able to play a few songs, but then get a bit stuck, and don't know where to go next. What can easily happen then is that we get bored playing the same old things and not progressing. Karl has a bunch of cool things to show you that will enable you to break through that.

What we will focus on in this course is taking the basic 'open' or first position chords (A, C, D, E, Am, Em, etc.) and show you how to move those shapes around the neck. This means you can take the shapes you already know and turn them into a whole bunch of new chords without learning any new shapes. So your chord repertoire just explodes. This also means you can play the same chord in a number of different ways or different places on the neck, allowing you to exploit a much greater range of tones from your instrument, as well as enabling you to move much more efficiently around the fretboard.

We'll also look at some new right and left hand techniques to add a whole new level to your playing and make you sound a lot cooler. These techniques include hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, muting etc. We can also look more at the relationships between chords, how those relationships fit into song structures, and how to navigate those chord sequences around the fretboard. This makes learning new songs, or indeed writing new songs much easier.

My goal in this course is to help move you from 'competent beginner' to 'confident musician'.

What to bring

  •  Your guitar
  • Pen and paper
  • $10 to pay tutor for materials

Feedback from past Students

"Karl was a terrific teacher and I liked the mix of theory & practice." Charlotte 

"More than adequate, this is an amazing course" Justin 

"Clear, concise, entertaining, engaging, practical, well thought out progression." Anneke 

Important information

Once your enrolment is completed you will receive a confirmation email. This email will include your receipt and inform you of the dates, times and venue for your course. It will also let you know of anything you need to take to class with you.

Please make sure that you give us a valid email address and mobile number as any course changes will be communicated via sms or email.

Students are required to be 15 years old and above at the time of enrolment.

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We keep our class sizes small so that you get a better experience. Avoid disappointment, enrol early!  

Tutor Profile:

Karl Farren

Karl is an excellent teacher with over thirty years experience in adult education and training.  His experience ranges from teaching Kung Fu (including self-defence techniques for the visually-impaired) to Shiatsu, bodywork, anatomy, Chinese Medicine theory, guitar and songwriting.
For six years Karl was a senior teacher of Chinese Medicine, Oriental Diagnosis and Shiatsu-Do at the British School of Shiatsu-Do, London.  His duties there included teaching Chinese Medicine theory to the other faculty members. On graduating from the London School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, he was also invited to join the faculty there. More recently, Karl has taught Chinese Medicine and Shiatsu at The Way College of Oriental Therapies and Bodywork, Byron Bay. 
Karl has taught beginner and intermediate guitar for several years at the annual Summersong Music Camp, where he has also led workshops in a capella singing and Irish ‘mouth-music’.  He was invited by the Gold Coast Writers Association to teach a workshop in songwriting, and has also taught songwriting courses and workshops at Byron Shire Community College, Coast Acoustic Music Association and Loose Acoustic Enterprises. For the last five years, Karl has taught the hugely popular ‘Band Lab’ classes at Summersong Music Camp.
At the institutions where he has taught, Karl was directly responsible for curriculum design and writing course materials, as well as delivering both theory and practical sessions.  In addition to delivering lectures and classes, Karl has extensive experience in leading smaller seminars, small-group and individual tutorials, supervising students in clinical practice, and running assessments and examinations.  Karl was a registered Teacher with the Shiatsu Society (UK).  He holds a Diploma in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and a Certificate IV in Training Small Groups from NSW Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board.
Throughout his teaching career, Karl has had consistently excellent feedback from students, faculty members and external assessors.  For students, Karl’s great strengths as a teacher are his enthusiasm, his clarity of presentation, his command of his subject, and his love of teaching.  For the institution there are the added benefits of his experience, his organisational skills and a highly professional attitude.