Guitar lessons Oxford and Skype classes
Whether you live in or near Oxford, or want to visit for a couple of one-offs, I’m available to teach guitar, bass, songwriting, music theory, and music appreciation.
I can also teach and advise via skype calls if you have a good and reliable skype link. Payment for these is via Paypal. Please contact me if you want further details and if you want to know when I have a vacancy. Due to limited time, in any given period I am coaching a small number of songwriters across the world. These sessions can sometimes be shaped around my Backbeat songwriting books.
I teach most guitar styles, acoustic and electric. I mix general guitar knowledge and technique with showing you how to play things you like. Beginners are welcome. If you don’t have a guitar I can advise you on that, and you don’t have to have your own for the first lesson.
I help songwriters, would-be songwriters and composers with nurturing their creativity. I can give you feedback on your compositions and help with creative blocks. I can help you find what you need to know to progress and not to lose touch with your creative potential.
To contact me simply post a comment from the main page and say what you’re interested in, with your email, and I can then respond. Alternatively, Professional Music Technology on the Cowley Road in Oxford can also put you directly in touch.
There are many advantages to having a guitar teacher rather than trying to work with material on the web. A youtube clip or an amateur transcription might help you with a song if you already have some playing experience. But quite a bit of such material can be inaccurate.
More importantly, this misses the point about how a good teacher brings a range of skills to teaching an instrument. This includes assessing how you handle and hold the instrument, and getting an impression of the strengths and weaknesses of your playing. It means you get regular encouragement, and an explanation of and way out of occasional difficulties.
At a deeper level, a good teacher teaches not only the instrument but a wider musicality. They can bring a variety of music to your attention and sometimes intuit a particular direction that will be fruitful for you. There is a creative and inspirational element to all this for which, as in other areas of learning, there is no substitute.