Guitar and Songwriting Zoom classes
Whether you live in or near Oxford, or want to visit for a couple of one-off lessons, I offer instruction in guitar, bass, songwriting, music theory, and music appreciation. I can also teach and advise via Zoom sessions. Payment for these is via Paypal. Please contact me if you want further details.
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 how to play music you like. Beginners are welcome. If you don’t have a guitar I can advise you before purchase, 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.
Advantages to having a guitar teacher rather than using web resources:
- A youtube clip or an amateur transcription might help with a song if you already have some playing experience. But some such material can be inaccurate.
- A good teacher can assess how you handle and hold the instrument, and getting an impression of the strengths and weaknesses of your playing.
- A good teacher means regular encouragement, and an explanation of and way out from 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 intuitive and inspirational element to all this for which there is no substitute.