Here is a list of frequently asked questions.
What do you charge for lessons and how do I pay?
Lessons are priced as follows:
- 1 hour – £20
- 30 mins – £15
I also offer fantastic gift certificates in 5 and 10 hour blocks, perfect for a Birthday/Christmas present, or just as a gift for a loved one. Get in touch for more information! These offer a discount over the standard hourly rate when purchased in a block.
All payments are done online ahead of each lesson. Once a slot is confirmed, I will ask for your email address so I can invoice you. Invoices will be sent from my business Paypal account and you can pay these with your own Paypal account or your bank card.
What do you teach?
I teach guitar (both acoustic and electric) and bass guitar lessons. Students have the option of using the formal RGT curriculum (More information provided on request) which ends in graded exams, or they have the option to just focus on songs/theory/technique,
Do you teach complete beginners?
Absolutely, if you’ve never even touched a guitar before you’re more than welcome! I have taught many beginners over the years. You are never a beginner for long – I will have you strumming away in no time!
I don’t live local to you, do you teach on Skype?
Yes I do! Please check out my Skype information page and send me an email so we can discuss this further. I will teach anyone who wants to learn, location is no issue.
How are your lessons structured?
There is no set answer to this. I believe that every musician is different, with a different set of needs and demands. As such, lessons are catered to each specific person. I take the time to sit down with each student to discuss their interests and aspirations. Lessons are then planned using this information. You may prefer a more formal, structured route, in which case I can recommend the RGT or Rockschool Graded Exam program for you. You may prefer to just learn songs you enjoy and strum away to your hearts content. Either way, your lessons will suit you and no one else. Lessons should be fun and engaging to keep students interested and make them want to play. This is achieved by a custom tailored lesson plan.
Do you teach children?
Yes! Though from experience I find children younger than 8 tend to struggle with the guitar, so I recommend starting your children off from 8 and up. As a result, I tend not to take on students under this age, however there are always exceptions. If you wish to start a child younger than 8 with guitar tuition please get in touch to arrange and informal chat with me and this can be discussed further.
How long should my lessons be?
This question is very much suited to you and how you learn. I do advise for younger students (age 8-11) that half hour lessons are sometimes better. Usually students age 12 and up are more than capable of engaging for an hour. I often encourage students to try both, book an hour and a half hour lesson and see which feels best. It’s your learning at your pace so pick the time slot that feels best to you.
Where are you located?
Can I learn Electric AND Acoustic guitar?
Of course, you can take your lessons as electric or acoustic guitar, the choice is yours! I also teach bass guitar!
What are RGT Graded Exams and how do they benefit me?
RGT stands for Registry of Guitar Tutors (www.rgt.org). The RGT are a professional body of musicians and examiners that provide approved curriculum and exams, also known as grades. You can sit grades from 1 (beginner) to 8 (expert). The grades work on a “learn at your own pace” method with set exam periods each year (Exams are held 3 times a year). Please get in touch for more detail on how the RGT program can help you develop.
“RGT organises internationally recognised guitar examinations in electric, rock, acoustic, jazz, classical and bass guitar – from total beginner to Diploma level – in partnership with London College of Music Exams (one of the world’s most respected music examination boards, established since 1887) and certificated by the University of West London.
From Grade One onwards, RGT graded and diploma exams are regulated by Ofqual (Ofqual), and UCAS points are available for grades 6-8.” (From www.rgt.org)
It costs nothing to learn the RGT curriculum other than the cost of the books (You can order these books through me) and the cost of the exams which you only pay when you are ready to enter.
If you are a younger student (Or the parent of a younger student) these are great to think about. By participating and completing the exams you can gain UCAS points (Which count towards your university entry later on!).
Not only are these books and exams fun but they are also very educational and engaging and they really push you as a musician.
Do I need to own a guitar before I start my first lesson?
I do have guitars that you would be welcome to use during lessons, however, I always advise that students bring and use their own. Learning and practising on your own instrument is key to becoming familiar with how your instrument feels.
Do you sell vouchers?
I certainly do, they are great for birthdays and other gifts – get in touch for more information!
Whats your cancellation policy if I'm sick/can't make a lesson I've booked?
For all lesson bookings that need to be cancelled, I require at least 24 hours notice. If a lesson is cancelled within 24 hours of it’s start time the fee will be forfeited.
If you provide more that 24 hours notice, your fee will be carried over to the following week or you can reschedule in the same week (Pending availability of slots).
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