What you will learn

Beginner

  • Fundamentals - Introduction to Guitar and components
  • Technical Focus - Muscle Training, Fingering Exercises
  • Sight Reading & Classical Melodies
  • Ear Training
  • Song Learning
  • Basic Chords
  • Simple Riffs
  • Rockschool Contemporary (Rock & Pop) or Trinity Classical or Rock & Pop grade exam - Initial - Grade 1

Intermediate

  • Fundamentals - Scales, basic chords, advanced chords, tones, genres & style
  • Technical Focus - Fingering Exercises & Dynamics/Techniques
  • Sight Reading
  • Ear Training
  • Song Learning & Soloing
  • Improvising
  • Jamming, Student Showcase
  • Rockschool Contemporary (Rock & Pop) or Trinity Classical or Rock & Pop grade exam - Grade 2-5

Advanced

  • Fundamentals - Scales, advanced chords, altered chords, tones & pedals, genres & style
  • Technical Focus - Fingering Exercises & Dynamics/Techniques
  • Voice Development
  • Sight Reading
  • Ear Training
  • Song Learning & Soloing
  • Improvising
  • Composition
  • Jamming, Student Showcase, Recording
  • Rockschool Contemporary (Rock & Pop) or Trinity Classical or Rock & Pop Grade Exam - Grade 6-8

How does it work?

  1. Click on Get started now and schedule a FREE interaction with our SaPa expert.
  2. Discuss your/your child’s interests with the expert to chart out a customised learning path.
  3. After understanding your requirements, our expert will recommend a suitable learning level for you/your child.
  4. Fix class timings that are suitable for you and attend your first class.
  5. Pay only if you like the first class. If you are satisfied, welcome to a rewarding journey towards becoming a guitarist.

Who can learn?

Anyone interested in learning string instruments...

Anyone interested in Western music

Age no bar!

Prior knowledge of music not required!

Benefits of learning the guitar

Improves dexterity

Improves coordination

Enhances creativity

Develops social skills

Boosts confidence

Enhances self-expression

Promotes inclusiveness & acceptance

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What our students are saying

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

Types of guitars

There are many different guitars that you can learn for different genres:

  1. Acoustic Guitar: Beginners generally start off with the steel-stringed acoustic guitar. The soundboard of the guitar is what causes sound to be produced. There is no external amplification. The neck of the guitar is relatively narrow and this makes it easier to learn and play. Generally used for folk, pop, and country music.
  2. Classical Guitar: Quite similar in appearance to the acoustic guitar, this guitar differs in that it has nylon strings, which helps produce a softer sound than steel strings. The neck of the classical guitar is also typically wider than the acoustic guitar. Generally used for folk, Latin American, and classical songs.
  3. Electric Guitar: These guitars also have metallic strings, typically steel or nickel, like acoustic guitars, but the strings are thinner because the pickups are also magnetic and these convert the vibrations into sound. The sound can be amplified. Electric guitars have thinner necks than acoustic guitars so it is easy to wrap your hands around it. Generally used for rock, pop, and jazz.
  4. Bass Guitar: This looks like an electric guitar in appearance but is larger. It can have four or six strings. The strings are tuned to an octave lower than regular guitars. It is usually a supportive instrument in bands, used more in ensembles than in solo performances.

Difference between a guitar and ukulele

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.

The most obvious difference is the size. Guitars come in various sizes and shapes, typically with six strings. The ukulele is a much smaller instrument (about half the size of a guitar) with four strings, which makes it easier for children to wrap their smaller fingers around.

The strings of a guitar may be made of metal (steel), or nylon. The ukulele’s strings are made of nylon.

A guitar can reach much higher ranges than a ukulele, which, as a smaller instrument, has a lower sonic range.

The guitar has a richer and louder sound; the ukulele sounds lighter.

Why SaPa Music Classes?

  1. One-on-one classes - Enjoy individual attention, learn at your own pace, benefit from personalised classes
  2. Learn at any age - Never too old or too young to learn!
  3. Lessons by professional musicians - SaPa’s educators are also performers - get practical insight
  4. Structured & standardised syllabus - Learn systematically and progressively, get a solid foundation
  5. Flexible timings - Pick a slot that works for you
  6. Student showcase - Your performance could be featured in our Social Media pages with 3 lakh followers watching you!
  7. Specialised Training - Certify yourself, learn to perform, or join guitar classes for pure enjoyment!
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What do you need?

Any device with audio and video facilities, a good internet connection, a metronome app, a guitar with pick

About SaPa

SaPa, the Subramaniam Academy of Performing Arts, started in 2007 is the home for great music and musicians. Ably led by our founders, legendary musicians Dr. L. Subramaniam and Kavita Krishnamurti 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.

Why talk to a SaPa expert?

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.

I still have some more questions

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.

Yes! We have guitar classes for beginners that will start you off with the basics - for children and adults alike. You don’t have to know music. Book a slot now and we will handhold you through the process. You can also read some beginners’ tips on playing the acoustic guitar.

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:

size guide for buying guitars

Age (years)*

Scale length of guitar in inches (cm)*

Total length of guitar in inches (cm)

7-8

19 (48)

31 (78.7)

9-10

23 (58)

34 (86)

11-12

23 (58.4)

36 (91)

Above 12

25.6 (65)

41 (104)

*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.

Talk to our SaPa expert now!

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