Mathew - Prof guitar - Bristol

Mathew

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  • Hourly rate £30
  • Response Time 1h
  • Number of students 15
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Bristol-based guitar teacher / tutor with a degree in Jazz and 20 years experience, offering tuition in any style

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My teaching style is flexible and adaptable to suit the specific needs and goals of individual students. Playing music should be fun, and one of the most important things for me to do as a teacher is to inspire my students. I take a holistic approach, seeking to give clear and valuable information that is relevant to their goals as a musician. I give my students the tools they need to explore that information productively and enjoyably, and show them how to apply it to their performance, improvisation, and compositions.

subjects

  • Guitar
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Electric guitar
  • +3

    Rock Guitar

    Jazz Guitar

    Metal Guitar

languages

  • English

levels

  • All Levels

About Mathew

I am a guitarist and music tutor with a wide range of teaching and performing experience spanning the past twenty years. I have a degree in Jazz from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and I play and teach guitar in a variety of styles and settings, ranging from jazz and blues to rock and heavy metal. My favourite styles to play are Extreme Metal, 80s Rock, and Jazz, but I love teaching all styles of music, focusing on music theory and improvisation.

Rates

packages

  • 5h: £140
  • 10h: £275

webcam

  • £30/h

free lessons

  • 1hr

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Find out more about Mathew

  • 01

    When did you first develop a passion for music and your favourite instrument?

    When I was young, my grandfather had a beaten up acoustic guitar. I used to pester him to let me play with it as a toy and then one day he taught me how to play Bert Weedon's 'Guitar Boogie Shuffle'. I was instantly hooked and persuaded my parents to give me my own electric guitar for my 12th birthday. My tastes have changed quite a bit since then, but I haven't been able to leave the guitar alone ever since.

  • 02

    Is there a particular type of music or artist that you listen to on a loop without it driving you crazy?

    I only have a few CDs in my car, and I listen to them on loop all the time. They are the first four Dokken albums, the first three Winger albums, and all of the David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar period Van Halen albums. That's been my car playlist for the past seven years, and I'm nowhere near bored of it. I also never get bored of Pantera, Vangelis, Eric Dolphy, Celtic Frost, and probably many others. Even if I've listened to something 500 times, I still find new details and nuances in it. If I'm working on learning or transcribing something, then listening to it relentlessly is an essential part of that process for me.

  • 03

    Explain to us the most difficult or riveting course you could personally give to a student of music.

    I love teaching improvisation. In particular, I love teaching my students how to explore the harmonic possibilities of diminished seventh chords to create tension when improvising. It's a very deep topic that can open up your ears and knowledge of the neck. I never tire of wrestling with it myself, and it's very satisfying to watch it fall into place for my students and to hear the ways that they use the concept in their own playing.

  • 04

    What do you think is the most complicated instrument to master and why?

    I can only speak from experience here. I have spent most of my life concentrating on the guitar, I've dabbled in playing saxophone (at which I leave much to be desired), and I've recently started studying piano. All three instruments are extremely challenging. Guitarists have to wrestle with the unfriendly layout of the notes, whereas the order of the white and black keys on keyboard instruments make each octave look identical. Fingering patterns in a given key change positionally on the guitar, and this layer of abstraction provides many challenges for tenacious guitarists who want to explore the entire fretboard. That being said, piano has many technical challenges that make me feel like a complete beginner all over again.

  • 05

    What are your keys to success?

    G flat is the key to success (but an open mind and lots of practice won't do any harm).

  • 06

    Name three musicians you dream of meeting in your favourite bar in the early hours of the morning. Explain why.

    Most of my favourite musicians are deceased. Of those that remain, I'd love to have a drink with some of my guitar heroes: Dave Tronzo, Reb Beach, and John Scofield. I'd love to ask them about their approaches to composition and improvisation, and I'm sure that would take us way past sunrise. I've already met Scofield, and I made a fool of myself.

  • 07

    Provide a valuable anecdote related to music or your days at music school.

    When I was doing my degree in jazz, we had a weekly class that everyone dreaded called free improvisation, which was taken by Keith Tippett, a titan of the British jazz scene. He would instruct groups of people who did not tend to play music or socialise together to get on the stage in front of the whole department and improvise together spontaneously. In this setting, all of us felt very anxious and out of our depth, which resulted in some extremely timid performances. To add salt to the wound, he would subject each student to the razor-sharp blade of his criticism. Initially, we were essentially being forced to fail, but after doing this a few times, students would flourish as they conquered their anxieties. At least that was the effect it had on me, and it ended up being my favourite class.

  • 08

    What are the little touches that make you a Superprof in music?

    I'm a very patient guitar nerd, who loves teaching music. I don't believe I will ever stop being a student of music myself, which makes it easy for me to empathise with the hurdles that students face, regardless of whether they're a beginner or an experienced player. I've helped many students overcome their anxieties and reach the point where they can improvise expressively and unlock their own personal sound on the guitar.

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