• I’m/my child is thinking about starting guitar. What instrument do you recommend?

    It all depends on what style of music you enjoy, any type of instrument will do the job to get started. However, the softer touch of a nylon string (classical) guitar can be most comfortable at first, especially for little fingers. This means you’ll be able to practice for longer without getting sore fingers!

  • Where do lessons take place?

    I prefer to teach from my home studio in Cheadle Hulme as this is where my teaching resources and equipment is, enabling me to provide the best service possible.

    However, if it is not possible for you to travel and live within the local area of Cheadle, Bramhall, Poynton or West Stockport  I may be able to travel to you, although this will incur an additional fee to cover my travel time and expenses.

  • What happens if I need to cancel a lesson?

    Occasionally this is unavoidable. If you need to cancel your lesson, I will do my best to move it to a different time. However, at least 24 hours notice is requested.

    If you need to cancel within 24hours then I’m afraid I will have to charge for that lesson as I will be unable to fill the time slot at such short notice. This is my living.

  • Do you teach to a syllabus or grades?

    Absolutely! I prefer to use the Trinity Rockschool exams because they cover a broad set of different skills. Taking exams can be a great way of measuring your progress on the instrument and the boost of confidence of passing can be beneficial, especially for children.

    However, I also have my own syllabus which expands on Rockschool to cover the skills which I think are important for anyone learning music.

  • Do I have to take exams?

    No! The lessons will always be directed by your interests and personal goals. If you don’t want to take exams, and instead are more directed towards learning songs, or improvising, then the lesson content will be tailored to that.

  • Is it important to learn how to read music?

    I’ve had great benefit from being able to read music notation. If you’re interested in a career in music it is a must. However, for much of music making as a guitarist, it is not needed, and developing the ear is much more beneficial.