Centre Partially Re-Opened

Colwell Arts Centre has now partially re-opened for new instrument hires, and existing hirers to return or exchange instruments. We are operating an appointment-based system so please contact glosmusic@gloucestershire.gov.uk with any enquiries or to book your appointment.

 

Covid-19 - News

Please note that all rehearsals and concerts have been cancelled until further notice, keeping in line with the Government's direction on COVID-19.

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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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