Lessons take place in a dedicated music room, facilities include 24 track digital recorder, a computer equipped with Cubase LE6 sequencer software, PowerTab, Tux Guitar and Guitar Pro transcription software, a wide variety of instruments including drums, bass, keyboards, steel- and nylon- strung acoustic and a variety of electric guitars, TV and DVD player and basic repair facilities. Lessons are generally one-on-one, although parents are welcome to sit in (often recommended for younger students).
I also offer remote lessons via Skype and HD webcam. Skype is a free to download utility that allows for video conferencing using webcams and is perfect for those struggling with transport!
Lesson prices are £24 per hour, £14 for half an hour (recommended for younger students) or £18 for 45 minutes.
Each student is an individual, with their own musical goals and influences, and as a teacher I view my job as instilling the skills necessary to help you, the student, reach those goals.
I teach bluegrass (open G tuned) banjo from beginner to an intermediate level, covering topics such
Chords and strumming patterns
Right hand picking patterns and rolls
Scale patterns, improvisation and repertoire
Music reading - chord charts, tablature and rhythm
The ability to play solo and also to gel with a band.
Music theory and ear training to enable the student to learn independently
Q: Do you offer grades?
A: There is as yet no graded examination structure for the bluegrass banjo, but if that changes I'll be sure to offer it
Q: Do I need to read music?
A: Not necessarily- many successful musicians are poor readers. Mostly I teach my students how to read a chord chart, how to read rhythm and interpret tablature. However for specialised disciplines like classical and jazz I teach students how to read standard music notation
Q: Do I need to buy any books?
A: My lesson plans are self contained so there is need to buy any extra books. However for students looking for a companion guide for lessons I would recommend my own Zero Point Guitar and Progressive Guitar Training manuals available in the shop
Q: Do I need my own guitar/ bass/ keyboard?
A: Yes. For advice on buying a guitar, read my article on Choosing Your First Guitar HERE
Q: What if I can't attend?
A: A minimum of 24 hours notice is needed otherwise full fee will be charged. This is standard practice amonst RGT registered teachers- after all we plan our lives around our students so this is basic courtesy! I can offer HD video lessons via Skype and webcam, however
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