April 27, 2017


‘..when I play the guitar it takes all my concentration and all my worries just disappear, its amazing..’

regular attendee (2017)


The pilot beginners guitar class commenced in March 2017.

The course, for up to six people, is targeted toward PHASCA users as well as the wider general public. Its aim is to use music as means of bringing people together to reduce social isolation and increase personal confidence and promote a general sense of achievement and well being.

It has been pleasing to see the diverse group of different cultures and both genders attracted to the class, with a mixed range of playing ability. Teaching has been able to help students who have mis-identified information from the internet, motivate those who feel ‘stuck’ and reassure others that their hands can and will be able to ‘make the changes’.

Georgette Okey currently delivers the classes. She is a qualified teacher, local professional musician and sound engineer of an award winning music track. She has over 30 years experience in the music and sound industry. To date she has facilitated sessions in;

  • Identifying parts of the guitar
  • How to care for your hands and posture
  • How to develop a practice routine
  • Tuning the guitar and string identification
  • A variety of open chords in 1st and 2nd position
  • Rhythm counting (basic)
  • Basic strumming and picking techniques
  • How to approach reading chord charts
  • Construction of the major scale
  • Chord construction (triads only)
  • Playing songs

An innovative guitar loan scheme has been introduced by PHASCA that enables students without the means to buy a guitar to borrow and instrument whilst learning. This facilitates the students’ ability to practice between sessions and identify for themselves whether it’s an instrument they would wish to pursue in the future. Two students have made use of this option and both report how useful they have found it. The price of attending has been reduced to see if that has been a barrier to people regularly attending; additional publicity has been undertaken.

 ‘..success can be measured in finance and attendees but it can also be measured by the quality of life..’

Georgette Okey – Rubyfruits / PHASCA Music (2017)


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