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Daytime slots Monday to Friday 09:00 to 15:30 now available.

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Frequently Asked Questions.

 

If you are thinking about learning guitar you may find the

answers to your questions here.

 

If not, drop me an email, a text or just call me.

 

 How much are guitar lessons?

 

Standard sessions of 60 minutes are £30.00 with options of 90 minutes at £40.00. I also provide sessions of 45 minutes at £25.00 for younger students. Travel to your home address is normally included. 


What if I need to cancel a lesson?

Cancellations are sometimes unavoidable so I try to avoid making a cancellation charge to students although I know most tutors routinely charge on every occasion. However, being a professional musician and guitar tutor is my livelihood and every cancellation is a total loss of time and income to my business which I simply cannot afford. It also prevents other students from receiving tuition. I'd ask that if we make a booking we should both use reasonable endeavours to keep the appointment especially if I am keeping a regular slot open for you. Your booking is shown on my website  page - "Tuition Slots".


Are the lessons serious?

Yes. I am a full time guitar tutor and band guitarist so it's my job to give all my students (and their parents) the best tuition and value for money. I will teach you to play guitar to the very best of your ability. BUT, learning any instrument has to be fun too so I'm not the average "stuffy" music teacher. This is really important for younger students who need to be engaged and enjoy some success. I will make the tuition meet your needs be it theory, just playing, or both and if we get it right we'll learn and have some fun along the way.  


Can someone ever be too young or old to learn guitar?

The short answer is - No.

However, serious tuition is not ideal below the age of 10 years or so, but a lot depends on the attitude of the student and how serious they are about learning. If the student is committed to learning and regular tuition sessions I am delighted to have the opportunity to teach them.

As for 'am I too old?'... You're never too old.

 

Do you teach bass guitar?

Yes. I believe it can be really helpful for guitar players to also be competent bass players. Having said this, because I am primarily a guitar player and teacher, I will only teach bass at a beginner level before handing students over to a dedicated bass tutor.

 

How long should my lessons be 45 or 60 minutes?
45 minutes is right for younger students. For adults I always recommend 60 minutes or more. 


When can I get tuition?

I am a full time guitar tutor so I work 09:00 to 21:30 Monday to Fridays. I also teach at Richard Challoner School on Saturdays. Sundays are my day-off. When you start with me I'll normally try to find a regular weekly slot for you, and I'll hold that appointment provided you avoiding cancelling on me. On odd occasions I might need to ask if I can move a session. This will be if I have a gig or a band rehearsal which clashes. I try to avoid this, but if it does happen I'll always give you plenty of notice and offer an alternative slot.

 

What equipment do I need for a lesson?

Guitar equipment can be very confusing. As far as what you actually need, I recommend that acoustic guitarists have an acoustic guitar and a capo. Electric guitarists should have an electric guitar and an amplifier. I also recommend that both electric and acoustic players have a few picks. When working in a guitar shop in my younger years I always recommended buying three picks, one thin, one medium and one thick, in order to give players a chance to see which suits them best. An electronic tuner is also highly recommended and is a massive advantage to any guitar player as its a lot simpler and easier than trying to tune using pitch pipes or a piano.

 

Is it best to learn on an acoustic guitar or an electric guitar?

This is a question that is argued about by guitar teachers across the land. My simple answer to this question is to learn the instrument that you listen to and want to play the most. If your favorite band is Metallica, there's probably not much point in buying a nice mellow sounding acoustic guitar. Likewise, if your a James Blunt fan, a black, pointy electric guitar with flames on it is probably not for you. If you really have no preference or like both, I would advise learning the electric guitar, as a good electric player can adjust in minutes to playing the acoustic guitar. Switching from acoustic to electric is not as easy.

 

Which guitar, which amplifier and which effects pedals should I buy?

There is an absolutely huge choice of guitar equipment out there and this can be confusing to all players from novices to accomplished players. I have a wide range of experience in most of the equipment out there and am more than happy to give advice over the phone, or accompany you to your local music store. Making the wrong choices can be really costly so take advice.


Do I have to learn to read music?

Short Answer: No, not if you don’t want to.

The longer answer is that learning to read music can be incredibly helpful for any players' understanding of music, but it is something that frightens a lot of people away from learning to play instruments and can really suck the fun out of learning the guitar as a beginner. Reading music is in no way essential to learning the guitar. Many of the greatest players cannot read a note. It does help you understand music more and gives you a better way of notating your ideas. 

Based on my own experiences I wouldn’t advise anyone to start learning to read music if they don’t want to. Over the years I have had many disgruntled students come to me for lessons as there old teacher insisted they learn to read music before they start playing their favourite tunes. And more often than not, after a year of playing their favorite songs, learning to improvise and learning the value of music theory, those same students ask me “Can you teach me to read music?”