"An enthusiastic, knowledgable and personable young man." Aled.H.
Why take lessons with me?
In my teaching career I have taught a wide variety of abilities and backgrounds.
Some of my students are self-taught, haven't had a guitar lesson for a while and are looking to improve their skills. Others are complete beginners and looking to start something new. Whether it's learning how to play songs, improve on overall playing technique, or something more specific like improvisation, theory, or accuracy and speed, it's all welcome.
I teach children and adults from beginner to advanced level and have a 100% pass rate for grade exams (RGT/LCM & RSL). In person and online...
Skype lessons are popular and I've been travelling to teach in students homes for years. Some of my students take a hybrid approach – some lessons in person, some online.
I am a Member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors at the London College of Music and RSL/Rockschool.
I also have a full/enhanced DBS check and child protection training.
My approach to tutoring...
Each one of my lessons is tailored to the student, there is no "one size fits all" curriculum. I strongly believe in the importance of allowing the student lead on how and what they want to learn, so you will have a big say in how you progress.
Many students learn to play through learning songs of their choice, sometimes adjusted to fit their current skill level. This is supplemented with my own teaching materials in the form of exercises, historical and contextual information and short sheets and videos on music theory. It's up to you how much reading you'd like!
Some pupils enjoy learning a new song every lesson, while others like to spend a few weeks fine tuning one song. It’s entirely up to you what you would like to do.
If you want to look at how to improvise, write and create your own music I'd more than happy to help. The aim is to get you playing, creating and "doing" as quickly as possible.
I love getting into the guitar geeky stuff (Ted Greene's Chord Chemistry Modern Chord Progressions, Jazz Patterns, Mickey Baker's Jazz Guitar, Mark Levine Jazz Theory and the Aebersold Handbooks) as well as acoustic flatpicking/bluegrass and DADGAD tuning.
If you are a parent and your child would like to learn to play, especially if they are very young, it's encouraged that you learn to play alongside them. It's likely to you'll be sitting in on the lesson anyway and there is no extra charge for this.