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 beginner to intermediate level piano and keyboards, covering topics including:
Knowledge and understanding of basic triad chords and inversions
Understanding of generic chord sequences and the ability to change key
Understanding basics of improvisation using major, minor and pentatonic scales
Ability to interpret music notation, rhythm and chord charts so to effectively communicate with other players
Ability to pick out basic rhythms, chord sequences and melodies by ear
Left hand bass patterns and extended harmony from 7th to 13th chords
I cover rock, blues, pop, funk, country, jazz and rock & roll styles.
For those interested in songwriting and composition, I use sequencer software to help students create their own music.
ZERO POINT KEYBOARDS - Taking the student from absolute beginner, this book introduces the budding keyboard or piano player to everything they need to know to play chords, melodies, learn songs by ear, understand theory and create arrangements to fit into a band.
Q: Do you offer grades?
A: Yes - although I don't teach classical piano there is a well structured pop music grade program in place. Rockschool offer both solo piano and band-based keyboard grade exams, and the ABRSM Jazz program (up to grade 5) is popular with my students.
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 it is helpful to be able to read, and I try and encourage active learning - ie getting students to score their own compositions etc,
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 Keyboards available in the shop
Q: Do I need my own guitar/ bass/ keyboard?
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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