Congolese Guitar Lessons | Learn Sebene Guitar
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Perfect Your Technique...

...whilst adding extraordinary Congolese guitar licks to your repertoire which will not only give you a fresh understanding and approach to your instrument but will give you the cross-genre knowledge of how to make an audience dance all night long.

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The Congolese Guitar Curriculum

All live lessons taught via Zoom and recorded. Participate live or watch anytime.

Module 1 - Posture - Mon Aug 1st - 6pm London Time
  • Begin the course by understanding exactly how to generate the optimum posture for playing and learn your first Congolese guitar line.60.00
Module 2 - Technique - Mon Aug 8th - 6pm London Time
  • Learn Niwel’s unique approach to technique with exercises for both hands and study a new Sebene guitar line with alternate picking.60.00
Module 3 - Intervals - Mon Aug 15th - 6pm London Time
  • The Congolese guitar approach to intervals dates back to the time of the legendary Franco Luambo Makiadi. In this lesson you’ll learn how to create interesting guitar lines based upon the interval system with an added Congolese rhythm.60.00
Module 4 - Counterpoint - Mon Aug 22nd - 6pm London Time
  • With the famous orchestras of Congo often having 3 of more guitarists it’s important to understand how they blend together and compliment each other. In this lesson you’ll learn how to use counterpoint in your guitar lines.60.00
Module 5 - Creativity - Mon Aug 29th - 6pm London Time
  • Now that you’ve learnt Niwel’s techniques and the fundamentals of Congolese guitar styles like Soukous and Sebene it’s time to focus on your own creativity and see how you can fit these teachings into your own guitar playing.60.00

The Ultimate Learning Experience

what’s included

  • 5 x 1 hour, live masterclasses and Q&A with Niwel Tsumbu
  • Lifetime access to all masterclass recordings
  • View the recordings with on-screen notation, tab and animated fretboard
  • Learn guitar technique from Niwel’s perspective
  • Learn a new Congolese guitar line in every masterclass

Follow along on electric or acoustic guitar. Participate live or watch the recordings anytime with lifetime access.

Interactive on-screen Notation

interactive on-screen notation

Our state of the art learning technology speeds up studying with innovative, interactive tools. Access on-screen notation, tablature, animated fretboards, variable tempos, and more today.

Live Masterclass and Q&A

live masterclass and q&a

Your personal guitar mentor Niwel Tsumbu is here to help you take your guitar playing to the next level by focussing on expert-level technique and Congolese guitar approaches that will renew your sound.

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Become Fluent in Congolese Guitar

Congolese Guitar Evolution – Online Course

Master Your Instrument

lifetime access to the course for only

£97

Live course. Limited to 100 students.

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If you aren’t happy with your Congolese Guitar course, we’ll refund you within 30 days. There’s nothing to lose, and a lifetime of beautiful new music to gain.

Meet Your Teacher

Learn Congolese Guitar With Niwel Tsumbu

Let the World Music Method set you on the right road. Take it easy, take it slow, build your confidence and master the art. Explore the vibrant roots and invigorating rhythms of Sebene with one of its most accomplished practitioners.

Back in the day, Niwel Tsumbu was borrowing bits of fishing line and bike cable to build his guitars. Now he’s performed the world over with the likes of Buena Vista Social club, Natty Wailer and Baaba Maal. He’s recorded with Sinead O’Connor, Nigel Kennedy and Michael O’Suilleabhgin. He’s even written a symphony for the radical 20-piece Surge Orchestra.

From Irish folk to jazz, classical, rock and flamenco, Niwel’s story is one of cross-genre, cross-cultural exploration, improvisation, collaboration and integration. But with this session he’ll take you right back to the fundamental rhythms of his African roots, bedded in Soukous, Sebene and Rumba. Where it all began. Niwel is a real one-off. Don’t miss the chance to benefit from learning with this master musician.

Master Your Instrument

lifetime access to the course for only

£97

Live course. Limited to 100 students.