CENTRE OPENING TIMES

We are delighted to be able to partially reopen Colwell Arts Centre from the 26th April 2021 on a strict appointment-only basis. To collect, return or exchange an instrument, please contact us at glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk to make an appointment.

 

Whilst we are unable to provide you with our normal music lessons, music centres, county music groups and events due to Government restrictions we are putting our efforts into providing you with some educational, fun, inspiring links to enable you to keep your music making going! Click here for more information.

 

NEW ONLINE ENSEMBLE SESSIONS

Please note that all face-to-face rehearsals and concerts have been cancelled until further notice, keeping in line with the Government’s direction on COVID-19. However, we are delighted to announce the launch of our online ensemble sessions, open to anyone in Gloucestershire. Please click here for more details.

Guitar

  • Acoustic - steel strung Classical or nylon strung (preferable at Primary level)
  • Electric - steel strung (played with a plectrum or 'pick')


When to start:

From Year 3, or earlier at teacher's discretion.


Costs:

Hire:

We charge (acoustic guitar) £11.60 per term, plus VAT where applicable. Find out more about hiring from us.

Buy:

From about £75 but ask your teacher for advice before buying. You may want to consider hiring in the first instance. Cheap guitars are often of poor quality and hard to keep in tune so avoid the lower end of the market. Guitars are not expensive, so it's often better to buy new rather than second-hand.

Other:

Replacement strings - from £6 a set.


Pros/cons:

Pros:

The guitar can be a solo or group instrument. Opportunities exist to play in folk, rock and jazz groups, or as a member of a guitar ensemble.

Cons:

Playing the guitar isn't as easy as it looks, and, like any other musical instrument, requires regular practice.

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