Guitar for Improvers

218 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.

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AM course

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

Brooks Williams

About Brooks

Brooks Williams is a professional musician with twenty-five years' experience on the road and in the recording studio. A native of Statesboro, Georgia (USA) and now living in Cambridge (UK), Williams was named one of the Top 100 Acoustic Guitarists and has played major festivals and clubs throughout the world. Brooks Williams is a well-respected teacher whose guitar workshops are highly regarded. Recent workshops include Guitar Retreats in the UK, La Grande Gennerie in France, and The Swannanoa Gathering in the USA. In addition, Williams is a visiting lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, where he tutors guitarists in the popular music program. In 2012 Williams was awarded an Arts Award by the South Cambridgeshire District Council for his teaching. Williams also has two guitar instructional DVDs, Blues For Beginners and Guitar Groove. Both are praised for their accessibility as well as his "easy and engaging presence on screen." "There aren't many people who can play guitar like Brooks Williams, and fewer still who can teach like he can." (Acoustic)For more information, please visit:

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