My Approach

If you’ve landed on this page then thank you for taking an interest in the way I like to approach teaching guitar. The first thing to say is that my approach varies depending on the needs of the student. I try to tailor lessons to the individual, so whether you want to take the formal route and study for grade exams, or if you just want to learn the strum a few tunes, I’m happy to help you get where you want to be. However, there are some basic qualities that I believe make a good teacher and this is what I would like to mention on this page. I’ve been lucky enough to study under some of the best music teachers in the UK, and I’ve even had lessons with some famous guitar players. It hasn’t always been good though, and I’ve also had some pretty bad lessons, sometimes with amazing players. So what I’m getting at here is that as a student I was able to observe and notice what it was that set the great teachers apart from the not so great ones. So here goes, this is my list of the things I think are important in a good guitar teacher. These are all things that I try to embody when I teach

  • Is reliable and shows up on time, every week
  • Thinks about an appropriate course of study for every student depending on their ability, taste and personal goals
  • Plans something for every lesson, but is flexible if something else is requested or needs attention
  • Is patient and encouraging
  • Is fully present during the lesson i.e not texting or daydreaming
  • Takes a ‘one step at a time’ approach and helps students develop their confidence by mastering one thing at a time
  • Is passionate about music in a variety of styles, and shares enthusiasm for whatever music the student enjoys
  • Makes the boring stuff (scales, theory, aural skills etc…) fun and relevant. Because the truth is, it actually isn’t boring at all when it’s applied directly to music and the instrument you play. And it’s really, really useful
  • Teaches the student how to practise not just what to practise. It took me a long time to learn how to practise effectively. This can be the difference between someone who’s ‘a natural’ and someone who struggles
  • Understands that the lesson is for the student’s benefit and not an opportunity to practise or show off. It’s amazing how many teachers think it’s ok to spend half the lesson practising or showing off to students
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