FAQ

  1. Where do you teach?
  2. What styles do you teach?
  3. Are you qualified?
  4. There are lots of guitar teachers. Why should I come to you?
  5. Can I learn music theory and sight reading?
  6. Do I have to learn music theory and sight reading?
  7. What levels do you teach?
  8. What should I bring to a lesson?
  9. What guitar should I get?
  10. I want to go to music college. Can you help?
  11. What happens if my guitar breaks/ your amp blows up/ my face catches fire during a lesson?
  12. Are you a criminal?

1. Where do you teach?

I generally teach from my home in Bath, which is fully equipped with an arsenal of guitars, amps, and other guitary goodness. If you are unable to come to me, I can travel to you, but there may be an additional charge.

2. What styles do you teach?

I specialise in rock, blues, and metal. I’ve played for five years with a professional band that does funk, soul, disco, R&B, motown, and rock n’ roll. I’m also a big rockabilly fan, so I’ll be more than happy to teach that. I teach more electric guitar than acoustic guitar, but I have plenty of experience on both.

3. Are you qualified?

Yes. I have a PG Cert (Ed.) in music higher education from Middlesex University, a BA (hons) in professional musicianship from Sussex University, PTLLS, Higher Diploma (guitar) from ACM, and my 25 metres swimming badge.

4. There are lots of guitar teachers. Why should I come to you?

You should find the guitar teacher that’s right for you. That said, here are four reasons why my lessons are good:

  • I love what I do, and it's very important to me that my students get the most out of their lessons.
  • I regularly record, perform, and tour as well as teaching. I bring this professional experience to my lessons.
  • I hold a specific qualification in music teaching (PG Cert) as well as a music degree (BA). Many independent guitar teachers have no teaching qualification.
  • If you choose to pursue a career as a professional guitarist, I can help you on your way with my extensive contacts.

5. Can I learn music theory and sight reading?

Yes you can, and I can teach you!

6. Do I have to learn music theory and sight reading?

No. Although you might learn some by accident, because I’m such an awesome teacher.

7. What levels do you teach?

I teach everyone from complete beginners to advanced students.

8. What should I bring to a lesson?

If you have a guitar, bring that. If you don’t, I have guitars you can use for your first lesson, and I can also advise on what guitar to buy. I have amps and pedals you can use. If you’re very attached to a specific pedal, by all means bring it along.

9. What guitar should I get?

I'm happy to discuss this with you. As a one-size-fits-all answer, the Yamaha Pacifica 112 (£199 RRP) is an excellent guitar for beginner to intermediate players.

10. I want to go to music college. Can you help?

Yes I can. I have done the entry assessments for BIMM since 2008, so I can help you prepare for your entrance examinations. Past private students of mine have gone on to study at the Royal Northern and Guitar-X. I have friends who are tutors at many other music colleges, so I will be able to advise you on choosing your course as well.

11. What happens if my guitar breaks/ your amp blows up/ my face catches fire during a lesson?

My amps won’t blow up (at least in the explosive sense) because I have them regularly serviced. I have full public liability insurance in case of any other improbable accidents.

12. Are you a criminal?

No. And I have a shiny clean CRB check to prove it.