The Complete Acoustic Guitarist Holiday 2011

This is a special opportunity to study the techniques and approaches of some of the Acoustic Guitar’s great players. Explore the styles and concepts of the great acoustic guitar strummers, fingerstylists and bluesmen. You will learn finger picking, rhythm strumming and classic tunes from the great acoustic guitar songbook.

One of the UK’s foremost Guitar educators, Richard Perkins from the International Guitar Foundation, will help you increase your scale, chord and phrasing knowledge so you can leave this magical week with a greater confidence, and rhythm chops!

Guitar Course Video

Course Aims

During the week you will focus on developing the following key areas of your acoustic guitar playing: Improve your rhythm strumming technique, expand your chord vocabulary, experiment with a variety of tempos, boogies, shuffles and swing rhythms and work on building a knowledge and understanding of common chord progressions. Build your confidence by playing with other guitarists and learn how to develop ideas and express yourself during the improvised jam sessions.

Course Structure

The course will consist of four hours tuition per day, broken into three daily sessions. You will also receive a 30-minute one-to-one guitar lesson with Richard. Expect to learn the acoustic blues styles of Eric Clapton and Robert Johnson through to acoustic strummers such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young and the modern fingerpickers Jose Gonzalez and Newton Faulkner, exploring some wonderful open tunings along the way.

Teaching Methods

You will be encouraged to work together in small groups and classes will be arranged to support various areas of development and interest. It is not a formal requirement to be able to read music to attend this course. The supporting course handouts will use a mixture of tablature (with standard notation) and chord/scale diagrams with slash charts. All classes will be taught in a relaxed and supportive environment with practical demonstrations throughout.

Who is it for?

The Complete Acoustic Guitarist Course caters for any guitarist who has a love for the guitar whether you’re a beginner with 6 months or more playing experience through to the more accomplished player looking for a challenge.


Your course tutor, Richard Perkins, will keep an online daily blog throughout your holiday that will document your daily learning with detailed explanations, photos and videos. The perfect virtual postcard for friends and family back home as well as a fantastic learning resource on your return!

What do I need to bring?

Participants will need to bring the following equipment:

  1. Guitar (acoustic or electro-acoustic and/or electric)
  2. Amplifier (if required)
  3. Plectrums (standard or thumb pick)
  4. Guitar Strap
  5. Spare strings
  6. Music Stand
  7. Note Pad and Pen
  8. Dictaphone, iPod, iPhone etc
  9. Headphones for use with amplification

About Richard Perkins

Richard Perkins is the founder of Bath Guitar School and has worked for the International Guitar Foundation, Brit Awards, Rockschool, B&NES Council, Mid Somerset Festival, Bath Music Plus, and appeared on BBC and ITV television and radio programming as well as being featured in Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Venue, Bath Life magazines and the Bath Chronicle newspaper. Richard is a graduate of the Commercial Music degree programme at Bath Spa University and has a HND in Popular Music from Oxford College.
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