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Guitar: Beginners Level 1

Course Outline

This guitar course is designed for those whose knowledge of guitar ranges from zero to less than five chords. Students will learn to play the primary chords in the most commonly used keys, develop an understanding of the principles of simple rhythm reading and learn to read and write music in both chord chart and tablature forms. Each week we will learn to play a new song using the appropriate strum techniques. For Mosman classes please bring a plectrum and a capo. Download a free smartphone tuner in advance if possible.

Please Bring

  • Guitar and pick
  • Pencil
  • Notebook

About the Tutors

Brenton White
Brenton is a guitarist of many years' experience. Involved in workshops and seminars at the Conservatorium of Music in the late 1970s, he played music professionally in clubs, backing artists and at band gigs.
In the early to mid-1980s Brenton toured with many artists and bands, including; Roberta Flack, Renee Geyer, Leon Berger Band, Doug Parkinson, Marcia Hines, Julie Anthony, The Seekers, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra with James Galway and many others, while at the same time working as a session musician for jingle and record producers in Sydney. He has been involved in composing/producing music for Advertising and TV for the last 30 years. Brenton has experience teaching beginners through to professional level electric guitar and acoustic guitar

Mark Broughton

As a lead vocalist and guitarist of many years Mark is a true professional and a proven performer in live venues large and small throughout Australia. In addition for the past decade he has successfully taught a number of different groups from complete beginners and beyond with Northern Beaches Community college. His classes always remain very popular with an emphasis on the fun and enjoyment people receive from creating music.

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

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Course testimonials:

  • Mark is an excellent teacher! he takes the time to ensure each student understands the content and knows how to keep it fun and interesting at the same time.
  • Really excellent introductory course
  • The mix of guidance and the ability to listen to the wishes of the class while remaining on task was great. A wonderful learning environment.
  • The teacher was very knowledgeable, explained all aspects to be taught very well. The teacher was flexible and understanding.
  • Practical. Each lesson built on the previous. Small group made the training personal and good class interaction. Thanks Mark
  • It was very easy to follow the classes and learn. :)
  • Learning in a group environment with no pressure, just lots of encouragement from our teacher Mark.
  • A very proficient teacher who introduces students to a good selection of well known tunes with simple chord patterns that the students build upon each week. Each student made steady progress and by lesson 8 there was a clear improvement by all.
  • Great teaching style, lots of resources provided. Really fun beginners class.
  • Enjoyed course more than I was expecting. It has inspired me to continue learning. Teacher made it very pleasant and not a chore. Would definitely recommend it to a beginner.

Contact us

Narrabeen Annex: 1525 Pittwater Road,
North Narrabeen NSW 2101
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Fri

Brookvale Campus: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale NSW 2100
Office Hours: 8.30am to 4.30pm, Mon to Thur

Post: NBCC Reply Paid 1966, Dee Why NSW 2099

Phone: 02 9970 1000

Registered Training Organisation Code 90113