Guitar Academy was established in 1992, however the founder Gareth
Hargreaves had been teaching, and playing in bands and as a studio
artist since the 1980's. The
course was developed to teach individuals, school classes and groups
how to play the guitar. The course was developed because the commercially
available material was, and is so poor. Private one
to one lessons are available in Colwyn Bay, North Wales
the GCH Guitar Academy guitar course material with new multimedia
technology, has produced a multimedia guitar method that cannot
be beaten. We originally intended to pass the multimedia course
on to a publisher to take over the sales and distribution. However
we have remained the sole distributors of the course giving us the
ability to provide far more personal customer support and maintain
a very low price.
multimedia course is now well established, having sold tens of thousands
of copies worldwide and having been featured in a number of high
profile magazines, and the course continues to grow and improve.
my name is Gareth Hargreaves, the author of this course. I started
teaching guitar professionally in 1990. The courses that were available
at the time were poor to say the least. Either they taught theory
with no, or few tunes, or they taught tunes with no or little theory.
The worst courses of all would teach just one style of music or
were just a forum for guitarists to show off their skill.
soon became apparent to me that in order to provide the quality
of teaching I wanted I would have to write my own course.
So that’s what I did, and week by week I would write the course
to stay one-step ahead of my fastest student. This is how the course
started. As I taught more students of varying ages and capabilities,
I adapted and improved the course to suit the different capabilities.
This way the course evolved and matured into the course it is today.
the paper based course consists of eight books, and is still growing.
choice of music used in the course is and has been selected by its
suitability to the lessons rather than personal taste, this way
the course has something for everyone, but more importantly the
lessons are backed up with practical exercises that will improve
the way you play the guitar.
first version of the course was completely paper based, with midi
files to provide backing for students to play along to. This version
was obviously designed for the classroom situation, where I could
explain the lessons clearly to the students. The success of the
course at this stage was clear by the number of students coming
for lessons and the results being produced in each student.
first multimedia course was produced on a very tight budget. The
course content was the same from the beginning as it is now, but
the overall look of the course lacked the visual impact it has now
developed. Recent versions have introduced ‘click to hear
buttons’ and photography of guitars and important hand positions.
most recent additions and variations of the course have been the
‘Left Handed version’ and coming soon will be the Mac
version, the children's course and the bass course.
I first created the multimedia version of the course, my first intention
was to allow a publisher to manage production and sales. However
when I found that the multimedia publishers already had guitar courses
in their portfolio I had no choice but to start producing and selling
the course myself.
WEB site and GCH Guitar Academy is now dedicated to creating and
selling the GCH guitar course in multimedia format, making it affordable
by virtually anybody and available throughout the world.
the original Guitar Academy
Unit 1 CD-rom case
CD-roms and DVD-roms
filed ready for distribution
history of Unit one Revisions
Version 1.01 code structure improvement,
Version 1.02 lessons submenu added, launch metronome, tunes, backings
Version 1.03 32 bit icons bug fixed, mouse behavior changes
Version 1.04 launch PDF‘s, CD launcher introduced, fix half
Version 1.04a Backings player play list, bugs fixed.
Version 1.05 Video button glitch removed, index.pdf added, addition
of ’Riff Click‘.
Version 2.00 GUI redesign, add plectrum lesson and photographic
material, correct some minor spelling mistakes.
Version 2.40 New lesson design, ‘hear this’ button and
Version 2.50 Metronome, Tuner and Backing player launcher changed
to stay in the foreground. Main application flash screen whilst
Version 3.00 Better explanation of chord/scale maps added plus more
guitar information. flash screen added to secondary applications.
Version 3.50 Added; 2 games, 3 presentations, 'stop sound' buttons,
lessons loading screens. Improved; PDF colours, existing games.
The Mac OS9.x
and OSX version was released early in January 2006.
Guitar' released early July 2006.
Version 2.50 Vista icons, prevent screen resize on metronome, tuner
and backing player. Improve quality of PDF's.