Learning Songs and Repertoire
Would you like to be able to play the songs and music you love?
Learning songs and repertoire is a central part of guitar tuition. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned guitarist, you’ll learn everything you need to perform evermore satisfying (and challenging) material.
With each song or piece of music, you’ll learn how to improve your technique, refine your timing and apply creativity to your renditions. Soon you’ll be playing music you thought was ‘too difficult’, and far surpassing your own expectations.
Chords are the backbone of music and songwriting. Whether you’re into Ed Sheeran or Bob Dylan, you’ll learn everything you need to perform your favourite songs from across the decades.
Stuart has a library of hundreds of chord-based songs to teach you and with each song, Stuart will teach you how to simultaneously improve your technical ability.
You’ll find that you can transfer your skills to countless other new songs outside of the lessons, too.
Some key areas for learning chord-based repertoire are:
- Open chord repertoire
- Strumming and picking directions
- Bar chord repertoire
- Adding bass-lines to chord-based repertoire
- Embellishing chord-based repertoire
Chord-based repertoire can be learned on acoustic, electric or classical guitar.
If you like rock music, or its close-relations, indie and heavy metal, then this is for you. These styles of music usually have simpler chords than in other styles of music. They do however often call for greater technical ability.
In your rock repertoire lessons you’ll learn well-known tunes from across these genres. You’ll learn how to solo; guitar solos being a prominent feature in rock repertoire.
In order to fully master rock music, you’ll also learn about scales, arpeggios and how to improvise.
Key areas of study in rock repertoire are:
- Power chords
- Fretboard knowledge
- Alternate picking
- Pentatonic scales
- Seven-notes scales
Great technique is integral to playing rock music well. Alongside rock repertoire, you’ll receive careful guidance on how to develop these techniques.
Stuart teaches the ABRSM guitar syllabus from grades 1-8.
Alongside learning grade pieces, your learning will be supplemented with:
- Technique exercises
- Sight-reading exercises
- Rhythm reading exercises
- Chord knowledge
- Aural training
- Music theory
All of these components contribute to making you a better guitarist and more knowledgable musician.
Many of the skills acquired in classical guitar can be transferred to multiple styles of popular music too.