Where do lessons take place?
I teach at a studio in Meanwood called Leeds Music Teachers Collective. We have guitar and drum teaching rooms and a great live room for band sessions and gigs! The address can found on the contact page
How much are the lessons?
Lessons are £30 per hour and the first lesson is free!
Do you teach electric AND acoustic guitar?
Yes, I most certainly do. The majority of songs can be played on either electric or acoustic guitar, although certain techniques might be easier on one than the other. If you are unsure which you would like to learn, I'll be more than happy to help you choose.
Can you help me choose my first guitar?
Of course! Having the right guitar makes a big difference to how much you’ll want to play it, but your choice of guitar will also be influenced by your budget and the type of music you like. I’ll be happy to help with this.
Can I sit in on your lessons with my child?
Yes but in my experience this doesn’t tend to create a particularly relaxed environment. Young children sometimes feel slightly more nervous and under pressure with an extra pair of eyes watching them, as we all would! I’d be more than happy for a parent to sit in the first couple of lessons for reassurance though.
Are your CRB/DBS records up-to-date?
Having worked in schools and with school children of differing ages I have had roughly five CRB checks over the past 10 years, as well as one very recent DBS check. If you have any further questions related to these checks, please don't hesitate to ask.
What times are you available to teach?
I teach all day Monday – Thursday until 9pm, and Saturday morning/afternoon. We can chat about availability in the introductory lesson.
How do I book a lesson with you?
The best thing for us to do is to have a chat over the phone. Feel free to call, email or text and we can arrange scheduling a lesson!
What age groups do you teach?
I teach everyone from the ages of 9 and up.
How often do I need to practice?
There is no right answer to this question. You play and practice your guitar as often as you can and as often as you want to. If you have 3 kids and a full time job, then no one will expect you to put in 3 hours of practice every day! The key thing to remember is that the more you play, them more progress you'll see.
Do you only teach beginners?
No, but I’d say that roughly half of the people I teach are (or have been) complete beginners who have never even held a guitar before! The rest are people that have been playing for a few years and are looking for a fresh approach that will allow them to advance.
How long are your lessons?
Lessons are one hour long. In special cases (usually for younger children) I can do 30-45 minute lessons.
Is there an introductory lesson?
Yes! The introductory lesson is FREE and is a great opportunity for new students to come and see the studio and for us to chat about the lessons, guitars, time slots and any other questions you might have.
Do I need my own guitar before I take lessons?
Ideally you would need your own guitar to be able to play, practice and improve. If you’re not sure whether learning to play the guitar is something you want to commit to, then I can happily provide a guitar for you to use during the lesson.
What styles of music do you teach?
I teach anything and everything. From 60’s oldies to more contemporary chart hits; from classic rock and heavy metal to acoustic guitar, finger picking, funk, jazz, country, blues, and pop.
Do you teach group lessons?
Yes. Group lessons usually comprise of two or three people, all of a similar age and ability level and all wishing to learn similar things. Alternatively, you may want lessons for you and a friend, or for your son and daughter together.
What do I need to bring to the lessons?
All you need is yourself and a guitar! The studio is fully equipped for lessons and teaching materials are provided during lessons.
Do you teach Grades and GCSE exams?
Yes! The grade exams offer an excellent approach to learning, with loads of great songs to chose from and with exercises and tests are all very relevant. I have mentored countless students from grades 1 to 7 and all can be used for GCSE performances.
If you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to get in touch!