At WaterBear, we take guitar seriously. Guitarists will learn in small groups of no more than 12, with every musician plugged into a Boss Katana for personal monitoring. You can also reference a variety of vintage and modern valve amps, from AC30’s and Plexi’s to a selection of Victory heads and cabs. The studio and Mac rooms have a selection of digital amp and cab simulation options too, and we have Kemper and iso cab available in the mix studio.
To reach your full potential, you’ll need to be taught by great tutors. At WaterBear, we have some of the best tutors and mentors operating in the UK today – just take a look at their CVs.
You’ll get the opportunity to learn the instrument inside out. You’ll investigate many different styles, genres and techniques to hone your own sound. We encourage you to bring a standard 6 string guitar in standard tuning, but we also love to see players arrive with 7 or 8 stringed instruments, acoustic guitars, and any other specialist gear you may want to use. Be open to innovative new tunings too, as musical diversity is absolutely valued. Pedals? The more the merrier, but a decent tuner is the probably the most important.
Other essentials every guitar player will need include a portable, practical amp suitable for small gigs and practice, a metronome, and ear protection. Don’t feel pressured into having expensive gear though, as it’s perfectly possible to get great tones on budget equipment if you know how to make the most of it.
In addition to accessing the WaterBear studio facilities, the ability to record to a reasonable standard at home is also very useful.
At WaterBear, we’re proud to work with some of the industry’s most accomplished music professionals. Tutors and mentors who are all highly experienced at every level of the music industry. Check out their information below. As working professionals, the tutoring team may be subject to occasional change and availability may vary.
Want to know about our BA (Hons) music degree and master’s courses in more detail? The latest 2022 WaterBear Prospectus is available to order. Just fill out the form and we’ll get one sent to you.
- ‘Water bear’ is the common name for a Tardigrade.
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