These videos are song learning demos - more Video for the site is in pre-production!
Learning the guitar can be a difficult and frustrating business. There is a massive amount of information about guitar playing available, not to mention umpteen books and courses promising to make you a guitar master in a week. The key to learning quickly is knowing what to learn and practice to ensure progress Hopefully these pages will help
For advancing students I can cover aspects of songwriting on guitar – this will help you to write your own original pieces of music as well as help you express yourself more fully on the instrument. I can also cover aspects of stage presence and showmanship for live performance.
I encourage you to play with other musicians. There will also be opportunities to play with other students and a live band at ‘Live’ concert evenings, so you can show off your talents to friends and family while also gaining stage time. This of course is not compulsory.
As a beginner there is no need to learn to read standard music notation. You will learn how to read guitar chord grids and be introduced to a straightforward type of written guitar music called Tablature (Tab). You will also learn how to communicate about music with other musicians.
From the Blog
One way to help you learn the guitar fretboard is via two shapes. These shapes are the first position minor pentatonic shape and the second is the associated major pentatonic shape. These two shapes are shown in the diagram below. The minor pentatonic is shown in the left box The major pentatonic is […]
When playing a 12 bar blues progression using dominant 7 chords (e.g. A7 (I), D7 (IV), E7 (V)), guitarists often use a single minor pentatonic scale over the progression. However some of the chord tones for the IV and V chords do not always fall within the scale chosen. Extra colour can be gained by […]
Just wanted to say that I’ve just managed my 1st practise since meeting up with you on Monday & I can’t believe just how good it was to play something different, enjoyable & that had been set out for me by yourself.
Terry sat and chatted with our 14 year old son to understand the music that he liked before they even started their programme. It’s made such a difference to his learning, knowing that he will be choosing what to play. How I used to dread my old piano lessons and the dour piece of classical music my crusty old teacher would select. Rock on Terry!- James, Backwell