Learn to play guitar like BB King

The late, great BB King on guitar
The late, great BB King on guitar

The 13th City of Derry Guitar Festival, which takes place August 20-23 at the North West Regional College, Londonderry, will bring the blues to town with a three-day electrical guitar course entirely dedicated to the legendary BB King.

During the course, experienced local blues and rock guitarist Ted Lynch will take participants through the fundamentals of the blues structure and demonstrate how to improvise over a chord progression. Two of BB King’s tracks will be covered and all participants will have the opportunity to perform on stage at the Student Gala with a full band on August 23.

The festival also offers a three-day classical guitar course with Carlos Bonell and Wiktoria Szubelak, and a beginners ukulele course. This year will also see the introduction of the Guitar Overdose package, featuring four workshops spanning the genres of acoustic, flamenco, contemporary and slide blues guitar. Audiences will be treated to a series of guitar concerts at the Foyle Theatre of the North West Regional College. Visit www.cityofderryguitarfestival.com or call 02871 311 288.