The techniques were excellent and I would strongly say that this should be a compulsory lesson in every music curriculum.- Srividya Krishnamurthy, Workshop attendee
It was informative and also enlightening. Pushed boundaries and opened up an endless canvas and immense possibilities for creating and learning.- Aparna Vijayan, Workshop attendee
Both the guitar and the ukulele have similar looking bodies and some even have the same number of strings. But they are essentially different instruments. Let’s see how.
SaPa, the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, started in 2007 is the home for great music and musicians. Guided by the vision of our founders, legendary musicians Dr. L. Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurti Subramaniam, and ably led by singer-songwriter Bindu Subramaniam and violinist Ambi Subramaniam, SaPa has a strong legacy of excellence in Carnatic and global music.
Here at SaPa, we believe in ‘learning through fun’. We have exciting, interactive elements in all our lessons, and ensure that students bring their musical vision to life while also having a great time.
We believe strongly in every student’s unique learning process. Some learn better while working together, others do better with one-on-one attention. Some learners start from scratch, while others can get a headstart from previous experience. Every perspective is important, which is why we recommend that you start your journey with us by speaking to our SaPa expert.
When you sign up for our ongoing classes, you get to chart your own learning path within our structured curriculum. You can consult with our SaPa expert on any questions you may have, before taking your first step. Register to book your slot with our team.
You can start with the steel-stringed acoustic guitar as it is a good guitar for beginners.
You can start learning with the electric guitar. But to get a clean sound and learn some hard techniques, the acoustic guitar is a good place to start learning. You can, then, slowly transition. There are also electro-acoustic guitars where you can amplify sound.
The curriculum of the Western guitar classes includes theoretical and practical aspects of Western music and the guitar. You will learn Western notation, basic notes, scales, chords, fingering techniques, and, of course, songs - in a systematic manner and at your own pace.
Once you learn the basic notes and some chords, you will be able to learn to play songs with those chords within a few months. Naturally, the more you practise, the faster your progress will be.
String instruments can be tricky to learn especially for young children. We would recommend that your child be about 6 years and get a guitar as per our recommendations on size. Leave the rest to SaPa’s educators!
You can refer this size guide for buying guitars:
*Scale length means the length of the guitar from the bridge to the nut. These are approximate measurements as the length of the guitar will vary from maker to maker.
The right size of guitar will also depend on the height of your child. So, if your child is taller than the average height of that age category, consider a category higher. And similarly for if your child is shorter than the average height in his/her age category.
SaPa has a structured syllabus that will help you progress systematically. However, if the song is within your learning capability, your educator would be happy to teach you!
Within a few months, you will be able to play songs with one chord or some basic chords. So, you will be able to perform at small gatherings. If you are looking at performing on a bigger stage, give it a year at least. Do make sure you practise regularly. Naturally, if you want to become a performer, a lifetime would be the best timeline!
Both are string instruments and to that extent some of the techniques and styles are similar. So, it will give you a little bit of insight into the guitar. However, the feel and sound of the ukulele are very different from the guitar and so there will definitely be some new techniques to learn that you will have to get used to.
SaPa will assign an educator to you based on your interaction with our expert. Don’t worry, we will assign the most suitable educator. And all our educators are well-qualified, experienced, and super friendly. :)
We can understand where you are coming from. However, we have had online classes throughout the pandemic! And students and teachers alike had a great time with the lessons! You can check out our student’s performances on SaPa’s Facebook page.
Once you sign up for the live classes, we will share your phone number with a Western guitar educator. Generally, classes take place on Zoom or Skype. Do book a free session with our SaPa expert so we can handhold you through the process.
Currently, we have both online and offline classes going on. Some classes have shifted to our physical centres. So, if you are looking for Western guitar classes in Bangalore, please get in touch with our expert to find out the class timings to learn the Western guitar.
Yes, absolutely. We help students with all aspects of a performance. Stage fright is the most common issue performers have! As our educators perform themselves they can share workable and practical tips to help you or your child overcome stage fright. Apart from this, we also teach you about other technicalities such as placement of a mike next to the guitar, stage presence, and connecting with your audience while playing. Expect a 360 tutorial on performance when you join Western guitar classes at SaPa!
We do accommodate rescheduling requests but kindly postpone a class only for an emergency. And if possible, do inform your educator 24 hours in advance. Having said that, we would like to emphasise that learning happens best with regular classes and practice.