Wimborne Guitars
Focus Groups


Wimborne Guitars Focus Groups are designed to complement the weekly Wednesday coaching group sessions. Each week, the focus group will be looking at a very specific area of guitar playing. During the one hour session we will cover both theory and practice, so that by the end of the session each member will have a deeper understanding and a better practical grasp of the subject.

The focus groups will generally run over two consecutive Tuesday sessions, of 1 hour each. These sessions will concentrate on a focused area of guitar playing and each session will be limited to 8 members. It will be essential to pre-book for these sessions. You do not have to attend the Wednesday meetings to be eligible.

See below for more details.


Focus Groups are limited to just 8 members per session, so pre-booking is essential. Anyone can attend, you simply need to email Mark to book your place.

Tuesdays, 5:30pm to 6:30pm
The Allendale Centre, Wimborne
cost £5.00 per person


Focus Group 9 - sessions 1 and 2: Learning songs and riffs

Have you ever heard a song or a piece of music and thought; “I’d like to be able to play that!” But where to start? How do you go about learning a song you’ve heard? These days we’re spoilt for choice. If you have internet access, you can always use the wonderful YouTube and get lots of help for pretty much anything you want to know. There are also many books and videos available to help you learn new songs and there are several smartphone apps which are just brilliant. However, as ever, there are a few tips and tricks which you can use when you’re learning a new song and we'll take a look at how we can make learning songs easier in this Focus Group.

This Focus Group will be split across four sessions. In the first two sessions we'll be looking at how to work out which chords are used in a song. We'll also look at how we can change the key of the song (transpose the song) to make it easier to play and sing.

Then in the last two sessions we'll be looking at how we can play those licks and riffs we've always wanted to have a go at. The last two sessions in the series will be held in September, when we return from our summer break.

Handouts:
These handouts will act as prompts and worksheets, so please print them off and bring them to the sessions.

Learning songs and riffs - Part 1 - Download PDF

Example song worksheet - Download PDF

Learning songs and riffs - Part 2 - Download PDF


Focus Group 8 - sessions 1, 2, 3 and 4: Finger Picking

One of the topics which is of interest to many Wimborne Guitars members is finger picking. This Focus Group is all about getting started with finger picking, but if you have already mastered this, there may still be something new you can learn.

We will be covering this topic over several sessions, but there will be plenty of opportunity at each session to revisit the material from the previous sessions, so don't worry if you miss one of the sessions.

Handout:
The handouts below will help you, so please print them and bring them along to the sessions.

Getting Started with Finger Picking - Part 1 - Download PDF

Getting Started with Finger Picking - Part 2 - Download PDF

Getting Started with Finger Picking - Part 3 - Download PDF

There is no handout for the 4th session in this series, instead we'll be putting into practice everything we've learned in the previous 3 sessions. Please bring along your music and we'll play some songs using our new-found finger picking skills!


Focus Group 7 - Guitar Clinic

Since we started the Focus Group sessions we've covered a lot of ground. The objective of this guitar clinic is to make sure that what we've learned so far becomes more familiar.

The session will be an open clinic, so please bring along all the material from the first six Focus Groups and we'll then make sure we go into detail on the areas you want to cover.


Focus Group 6 - sessions 1 and 2: Exploring the fretboard

Handouts:
It's great to be able to play songs and tunes on the guitar using the chords we learned when we first started to play. Most of the chords are made up of a combination of open strings and some strings which are fretted at the first, second or third fret.

But what about all the other notes available to us further up the fretboard? This focus group is dedicated to getting to grips with using the whole fretboard in our playing and thereby providing a foundation to becoming a more versatile guitarist.

The handouts below may provide some helpful information to back up the content of the focus group sessions.

Table of chord relationships - Download PDF

Ideas for a structured practice session - Download PDF

You may also find this sheet helpful for noting down your musical ideas and prompts - Download PDF

The following handouts have been used before, so you may already have copies.

Wimborne Guitars music map - Download PDF
Instructions for using the music map (updated version) - Download PDF

Please also bring along your music from previous sessions, which may be used in this focus group. If you're new to the group, don't worry, there will be copies available at the session.

Please don't forget your notebook and pen, too.


Focus Group 5 - sessions 1 and 2: Lead Guitar for Everyone

Handouts:
From an acoustic "unplugged" version to a screaming lead guitar solo, everyone likes a bit of lead guitar. In these two sessions, we're going to look into how we can get started on our lead guitar playing journey.

Please download and print the PDF handouts below, which will act as a starting point for our sessions:
Scale shapes to get us started - Download PDF
Lead guitar tune for "This Land Is Your Land" - 1st position - Download PDF
Lead guitar tune for "This Land Is Your Land" - 2nd position - Download PDF


Please don't forget your notebook and pen, too.


Focus Group 4 - sessions 1 and 2: Why do we need scales?

Handouts:
When we talk about scales, some of us think back to early music lessons with boring repetitive stuff to learn. In this two-session focus group, we're going to show that scales can be fun and very useful indeed!

Please download and print the PDF handouts below, which will act as a starting point for our sessions:
Starting with scales - (Session 1) - Download PDF
Wimborne Guitars music map (updated version) - Download PDF
Instructions for using the music map (updated version) - Download PDF
Using scales to play a tune - (Session 2) - Download PDF

We'll also be using the warm up/practice routines from focus group 3 - Download PDF

Please don't forget your notebook and pen, too.


Focus Group 3 - sessions 1 and 2: Chords and their relationships

Handouts:
We're all familiar with chords. But is that the end of the story? Far from it! In these focus group sessions we'll be exploring chords in more depth and we'll find a whole new world of music as a result.

Please download and print the PDF handouts below, which will act as a starting point for our sessions:
Chords and their relationships - part 1 - Download PDF
Wimborne Guitars music map (updated version) - Download PDF
Instructions for using the music map (updated version) - Download PDF
Chord progressions for warm-up and practice routines - Download PDF
Chords and their relationships - part 2 - Download PDF

We'll also be using the songs from the previous main sessions, so please bring your music along so you can join in.

Please don't forget your notebook and pen, too.


Focus Group 2 - sessions 1 and 2: Strumming techniques

Handouts:
In this series of two focus group sessions we'll be looking in more detail at strumming patterns and we'll be practicing these patterns. We'll also then look at strumming techniques and variations, in order to add a new dimension to our guitar playing.
Please download and print the PDF handouts below, which will act as a starting point for our sessions:
Strumming patterns in 4/4 time - Download PDF
Strumming patterns in 3/4 time - Download PDF
Blues timing - Download PDF

Please also bring a notebook along to the meeting so you can jot down your own notes on the methods and patterns we use.


Focus Group 1: Getting started with your guitar

Handouts:
The first focus group session is designed for beginners who have little or no experience of playing, or who are returning to the guitar after a time of not playing. There are a few handouts which will be helpful; please print these off and bring them to the session. It will also be helpful if you can bring a notebook and pen. Apart from that, you just need your guitar and lots of enthusiasm!

Please don't worry if the handouts don't mean anything to you at this stage. They will be used mainly in future sessions as we get into more details of playing the guitar. The handouts are intended to make up a guitar playing handbook for you over time, so we won't be fully getting to grips with this material for a while yet.

The handouts which may be referred to in the session are accessible from the links below:

Handouts:
Handout 1: Strings and Frets - Download PDF
Handout 2: Notes and Staff - Download PDF
Handout 3: Staff and TAB - Download PDF
Handout 4: Chords - Download PDF
Handout 5: More Chords - Download PDF


Tel.: +44(0)2392 160885

Mob.: +44(0)7393 034365

Email: mark@wimborneguitars.co.uk