This course starts you on the road for skills needed to make a guitar, including different construction methods and different styles of instrument. The course may include visits to auctions, museums, and instrument collections to help build up your knowledge on the development and history of guitars.
- Woodwork skills and theory
- Making a ukelele
- Selection of timber for sound
- Guitar bracing patterns
- Basic metalwork and how to make small tools
- Selecting and maintaining tools.
You should aim to complete at least one instrument and this will include how to find and choose the right wood for your project.
The name of the course, as it appears on your qualification or certificate, will be NVQ Certificate in Performing Engineering Operations - Level 1
The tutor will give you feedback throughout your course.
Three GCSEs including maths and English, or other related qualifications and experience. You'll also need a short interview with a tutor who will check the course is right for you. To guarantee a place, you should aim to book at least a month before the course starts.
There is a materials fee to cover the timber used for your first instrument. You might want to buy your own tools to help you practise and develop at home. Talk to a tutor for more information about this.
Move up to our Level 2 guitar making course and build on the skills you've learnt or to complete a project.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.
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Musical Instrument Making and Repair