Central Coast Guitar Lessons – Learn to play Great Guitar … Fast!
If you really want to learn to play great guitar, and learn it as quickly as possible, you will do so much better by taking lessons with a good guitar teacher. A good teacher will help you develop strategies for achieving your goals, and your playing will progress much more rapidly and correctly with a good teacher than without one.
I can tailor lessons for all needs, no matter what you aim to achieve. I realise that not everyone aspires to become a professional musician. You may just want learn the basics of guitar so you can strum the chords to some of your favourite songs, and that’s ok. I also realise that everyone learns at their own pace and I am able to teach according to the individual.
I have taught students who only took up guitar in their 40s and 50s and went on to play in professional bands. At the other end of the spectrum, I consider eight years old to be the minimum age for formal guitar lessons and the child will need to be willing to commit to a daily practice routine and have the physical attributes to be able to perform basic techniques (such as having the finger strength to hold down basic chords).
I specialise in mainstream rock and pop, alternative rock, indie pop, indie folk and blues. Some of my influences include Radiohead, The Pixies, TV On The Radio, REM, Midlake, Steve Earle, Green Day, Foo Fighters, Paul Weller, The Jam, The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, The Byrds, Neil Young, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jimi Hendrix, 1960s Motown and soul music. While my teaching is not limited to these artists and styles, what I hope it does show is that I most like great guitar playing within the context of great songs rather than great guitar playing for its own sake.
Great guitar playing is great because it’s expressive. It’s where a guitar style – the notes, the tone – perfectly fits the music and the sense of what wants to be said. And it’s not just about the notes you play; it’s also about the notes you don’t play. It’s about light and shade. It’s about context. Great guitarists can exhibit great technique (Jeff Beck for example) but many great players aren’t necessarily technical players. Perfect examples are Peter Buck (REM), Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) and Neil Young.
Private Lessons – availability and prices
Weekly lessons – $30 per half hour, $55 per hour
Pay by the week. However, we do require you to commit to a regular timeslot.
Book for 4 weeks at a time – $28 per half hour, $50 per hour
To be paid in advance at start of each 4 week block.
Book for 10 weeks at a time – $26 per half hour, $45 per hour
Ten consecutive weekly lessons. Paid in advance at start of the 10 week block.
Call 0401 725066 or use our Contact Form
Generally, you must give 24 hours notice if you wish to reschedule a lesson. I will allow one rescheduled lesson per term where a lesson is cancelled with less than 24 hours notice due to an unforeseen event or emergency.
What you will learn
Parts of the guitar
Holding the guitar
Right arm position
Holding the pick / picking technique
Left hand technique – fingering
Tuning the guitar
Music notation / guitar tablature
Note names and note values
The major scale
Simple melodies and finger exercises
Basic chords and chord progressions
Basic strumming technique
Learning simple songs
How to practice and get the most from your practice time
Moveable chord shapes up and down the neck
Chord construction theory
More complex chord progressions and songs
More complex rhythm and strumming techniques
Pentatonic and blues scales
Left hand techniques – bending notes, hammer ons, pull offs, vibrato etc
Soloing and basic improvisation
More advanced picking techniques
Drones and pedal notes
An introduction to open tunings
Basic slide guitar techniques
Expanding upon intermediate level skills (listed in the above section)
More advanced soloing and improvisation
Learning how to pull any sound you want out of your guitar
Anything that the student wants to focus on