Introduction to Guitar Workshop

with Yusif Al-Refae

Want to learn how to play the guitar?

In this workshop, you’ll learn the names of open guitar strings, be able to read chord symbols and tablature (essential for continued learning), and will start to learn the basic foundational chord structures and scale patterns that will allow you to continue learning guitar at the intermediate level.

You’ll also learn to differentiate between types of guitars, the names of the parts of the guitar, and be able to tune the guitar and maintain it by changing the strings.

The workshop will balance theory and knowledge with practical application and give equal weight to each.

We’ll cover:

  • What is a Guitar?
  • Guitar anatomy
  • Music theory
  • Reading TAB
  • Rhythmic pattern
  • Names of strings
  • How to tune a guitar
  • Play simple chords
  • How to use a pick
  • Intro. to single note playing

Workshop requirements: Students are required to bring a guitar to class. For beginners, we recommend a guitar with as thin and as narrow a neck as possible. Electric guitars are more suitable for beginners to learn on because they are easier to play than bulky classical guitars, especially for beginners. If you’d like to bring an acoustic guitar, we recommend getting a 3/4 size guitar, steel string 6, such as the following models, available locally at music shops:

  • Yamaha Junior FG-Junior JR1 Adawliah, Shuwaikh Industrial (at CAP Contemporary Art Platform) KD 49
  • Fender Acoustics Model: California Series Strat Acoustic at Adawliah, Shuwaikh Industrial (at CAP Contemporary Art Platform) KD 128


About the Instructor:

Indie Folk meets Eastern Soul as Seattle-bred singer Yusif delivers raw songwriting from the heart. Yusif uses his Kuwaiti heritage to reflect American experiences with a voice that’s a cross between Cat Stevens and Bob Dylan and songwriting inspired by John Lennon and Stevie Wonder. A refugee of the Gulf War as a child, the indie folk artist aims to create cultural understanding between east and west. Yusif is Indie Folk Eastern Soul. 

Listen to Yusif’s music here:

Second studio album (2014)

First studio album (2012)


Ages: 12 years and above

Price: KD 40 

Price for Sirdab Lab Members: KD 36

When: 6:30-9:30 PM, October 24 & 25 (Wednesday & Thursday)

Where: Sirdab Lab


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