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The guitar is a uniquely versatile instrument, with a number of forms that typically appear in very different settings. Consider the following guitar-based scenarios:
- A classical guitarist in a concert hall, whose intertwining, fingerpicked melodies and harmonies accompany a group of Flamenco dancers.
- A campfire group singalong to an acoustic guitar.
- A barn dance in a village hall, with the electric rhythm guitar strumming away in the background as the accordion and fiddle propel the tune.
- A thrash metal band take the stage at a music festival, the lead guitar screaming out solos and riffs to the delight of the fan-packed crowd.
Each of these forms – classical guitar, acoustic guitar, rhythm guitar and lead guitar – require not only a different set of skills and techniques, but a different instrument as well.
Before we go any further, it’s worth me saying which types of guitar I teach. Out of the scenarios above, I specialise in teaching numbers 2, 3 and 4: Acoustic Guitar and Electric Rhythm & Lead Guitar.
I took up the guitar while studying music at university, back in 1994. Since then, I have played acoustic guitar and electric guitar in a number of gigging rock and pop bands, and also a church music group. And though I do play a little classical guitar (and it really is little – a 3/4 size!) at present I only offer lessons in acoustic guitar and electric rhythm & lead guitar.
I teach guitar to beginners of all ages and my aim is to see my pupils not only achieve but exceed their goals. To give you an idea of the sort of things that may be covered when taking guitar lessons with me at the Hall Music Studio, here’s a quick list:
- Practical Technique – developing the necessary skills, dexterity, strength and feel to be able to tackle music up to intermediate level. This will involve scales!
- General Musicianship – learning how music works, how songs and pieces are structured, how keys are used and why.
- Reading Music – using both treble clef and guitar TAB.
- Aural Training – developing your ‘ear’ – your ability to hear, recognise and replicate music, and, if desired, singing.
- Instrument and Equipment – including how to restring your guitar, keep it clean and in tune, and, if applicable, how to use electric amplification and effects pedals.
- RGT Grades – popular for both children and adults, and a great way to keep track of progress. However, learning to take exams isn’t the aim – progress towards your goals is.
- Performance – tackling the various issues involved in getting up and playing in front of other people, whether it be in your own home, around a campfire or even at a music festival.
Lessons take place at the Hall Music Studio in Alton, Hampshire.
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As always, the first lesson is FREE, with no obligation to come back for more.
If you’re interested in starting guitar lessons, please feel free to contact me using the sidebar or here.