Guitar for Improvers

167 TUTOR: Brooks Williams

Does your guitar playing feel like it is stuck in a rut? Tempted to put that guitar away? Before you do, try Guitar for Improvers. In a fun and supportive environment, you will be introduced to more chords and strumming patterns through familiar songs. Ideally suited for anyone who has attended the Guitar for Beginners course or is familiar with the chords D, A, E, G, Am, Em, C and F. This is a hands on course with lots of playing and singing. You will need a playable and tuneable guitar, a capo and some plectrums.

Course Notes

Aims of course:

To introduce the learner to improvers level guitar techniques:

  1. Chords: B7, Dm, E7, A7, F & Am;
  2. Strumming rhythms, including waltz time and "boom-chick-a”;
  3. Alternating and "walking” bass notes;
  4. Songs that utilize "quicker” chord changes;
  5. Playing songs with a group of fellow learners.

Improvers Guitar is ideally suited for the player who has had a short course in guitar tuition and is familiar with the first position chords G, C, D, E, A and Em.


· Review basic chords: D, E, A, Em, G, C

· New Chord: B7

· Song: House of the Rising Sun

· Collect song ideas/suggestions from learners


· New chord: E7, A7, D7

· Song: Key To The Highway

· Song: Folsom Prison Blues


· New Chord: F

· Song: Bye Bye Love

· Song: suggestions from learners


· New Chord: Dm

· Song: Summertime

· Song: more suggestions from learners


· New chord: Am

· Song: Wonderful Tonight

· Song: more suggestions from learners

Please Note: All songs subject to change.

Course Tutor

Brooks Williams

About Brooks

Brooks Williams is a professional musician with 30-plus years experience on the road and in the recording studio. A native of Statesboro, Georgia (USA) and now residing in Cambridge (UK), Williams is a leading light in the acoustic music community in both the UK and North America. He's also a well-respected teacher whose workshops are highly regarded. In addition to accolades from the media for his songs and recordings, in 2012 he received the South Cambridgeshire District Council Arts Award for his teaching in the local community. For more information, please visit:

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