Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to buy anything before I start learning?

I would suggest purchasing a guitar before your first lesson, though I will have something you can use if need be. In my experience, it is sensible to begin with a more basic instrument; it will be absolutely fine in serving its purpose, and you will always be able to 'upgrade' later as your abilities develop. If you would like any advice or direction on which instrument to buy, I can offer suggestions by e-mail according to your budget. Any other resources or equipment will be recommended if/when they would be useful to you, depending on what's being covered in the lessons.

Where will the lessons take place?

Most lessons would take place at my home on Nunnery Lane, YO23 1AJ, just outside the city wall. Click on the map below to bring up my rough location on Google Maps - my full teaching address will be provided upon booking your first lesson.

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What will we be covering in the lessons?

That is very much dependent on the student! I'd be very pleased to build the lessons around your tastes and interests. Of course, there are certain foundational skills that ought to be learned, but always with the intention of making music that you enjoy.

Can I learn both acoustic and electric?

Usually, I would suggest starting out with a nylon string or steel string acoustic guitar with the option to branch into electric playing later. Many of the skills you will learn are easily transferable between the two anyway, though there may be techniques particular to one or the other that you would like to learn as you advance. I am personally more of an acoustic specialist - having studied under acoustic virtuosos Nik Harrison and Jon Gomm - though I have also played electric guitar in rock, jazz and ska bands. Ultimately, I will happily teach either, and it depends on the goals of the student.

How old do I need to be to learn?

I have experience teaching a wide range of ages and abilities, and I will gladly teach anybody between the ages of 6 and 106 (though if you're 106+, do send an e-mail and I'll see if we can sort something out).

How long does it take to learn to play the guitar?

This is a question I often get asked and the answer lies within your own ambition. If you are looking to be able to play basic rhythm-based songs, the likes of Oasis, Ed Sheeran, Jack Johnson then it might only take you three to five months to really nail these types of basic acoustic songs - for guitarists that are looking recreate the sounds of Jimi Hendrix then it can take many years of honing your skills to play speedy guitar solos of many of the greats.

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Here is what I can offer:

A musical and holistic way of learning: not just boring scales and theory for their own sake, but actual songs that you like and want to play, as well as how they fit in with the overarching web of practical theory, specifically as it relates to guitar technique. We will learn how music works through the songs and genres that you love.

A structured method to progress in both guitar playing and musical knowledge. All foundational and advanced elements of musical theory and practice covered – scales, arpeggios, picking techniques, improvisation, genre exploration, composition, reading musical notation, tablature and chord symbols etc.

To book your first lesson today, email or call 01904 922625!

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