Lesson Material


Material taught over the years spans a vast spectrum of music. This is due to the fact that as well addressing some of the more more academic aspects of the guitar - application of practical theory, playing technique, composition, improvisation - each student is often encouraged to suggest or bring in their own favourite tracks, songs and musical pieces. The basis for my strategy is that it is obviously far more motivational for the student. Being taught an instrument whilst learning to play material that you cannot relate to, or even like, is counter productive. For example, a student keen on folk style fingerpicking would not particularly want to work on an exercise based on a heavy metal track or a classical piece, it's necessary that the chosen piece appeals to each individual. There is of course much basic learning material that can cross over to all styles. 
Lessons can also be as relaxed and straightforward as you like - if you want to learn form the tutor's own syllabus or the RGT grades material, then it's simple enough. If you wish to base your lesson on material that you particularly like, bring in your CD track and we can learn your chosen piece on the spot without any preparation. If you would like to learn how to play only the lead guitar solo to your favourite song, then bring it in, or maybe I know it anyway. You might like to learn a classic pop track, with rhythm and lead parts together, or maybe you like something that's just entered the charts. Perhaps you would like to learn how to improvise a solo over a particular chord progression, or merely strum the rhythm guitar part to a nursery rhyme for your child. Below is a short list of different types of material people have learned with me over the years. 

Example Material

 • Classic rock • Flatpicking
 • Classic pop • Metal
 • Acoustic folk • Funk
 • Rock 'n' roll • Jazz
 • Fingerpicking • Slide guitar
 • Contemporary rock/pop • RGT grades
 • Country • Theory
 • Children's favourites • Improvisation
 • Electric blues/acoustic blues • Any other material
   of your own choice