Private Guitar Lessons
One-to-one guitar lessons cover all aspects of guitar playing and musicianship. Together we will work through a wide range of lessons needed to become a skilled guitarist, and will work closely to achieve the goals you set for yourself. This is the most traditional lesson available and is still favoured by most as the best way to learn quickly and efficiently.
Rock and pop lessons
Budding rock guitarist? Or perhaps you want to play your favourite pop tunes? Both pop and rock guitar lessons cover very varied sub-genres that include artists from David Bowie to Ed Sheeran, Metallica to Madonna and everyone in-between. When learning a new pop or rock song, good guitarists often study the skills that are used within it so they can apply them quickly to future songs. When learning pop and rock songs try to remember to extract the theory from them as you would any other genre of music, it can shave years off your practice!
Blues Guitar Lessons
From Muddy Waters to B.B King, Josh Smith to Stevie Ray Vaughan. Work on your blues scales, turnarounds, learning licks by ear and much more! I am lucky enough to have been taught to play the blues early on. If you are a fan of the blues, or think the blues would be a good way for you to learn then you can expect to study musicians such as Eric Clapton, Marcus King, Albert King, Elmore James, Howlin Wolf, Robert Johnson, Robben Ford and a wide range of bands, both American and English.
Jazz Guitar Lessons
I hold a 1st class jazz degree, and perform weekly in a professional jazz band. Jazz is a great genre for exploring improvisation and really digging deep into music theory. There are many ways of approaching jazz, and many styles exist within the genre. From fast Be Bop to slow beautiful ballads, there are many styles to choose when learning jazz. There are a lot of things worth looking at early on that will help give you a solid understanding of what’s going on around you, and help you develop your own voice. Jazz is often broken down into three main components for guitarists, melody, comping and soloing.
Grades are great for giving us direction. They help us work on technique and give us a really good feeling of achievement. If you are interested in guitar lessons and would like to study grades with me, then my preferred exam board is the RGT. I like the RGT exams as they are achievable (with a little hard work) while offering a wide range of challenges and fun material to work on.
I studied a degree that taught two instrumental studies. Bass is such a cool instrument, and it really helped me underpin my musical knowledge in ways I couldn't on guitar. My bass playing mainly focuses around jazz and blues, and the genres of music that stem from these. The huge of umbrella of music that has stemmed from jazz and blues includes most mainstream rock and pop music. My ability to read bass clef and learn by ear helps me get bass lines down that students want to work on, together we will work through iconic bass lines, whilst understanding the theory that underpins them.