- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach many subjects, and each lesson is tailored to that of the individual students tastes and interests. Below is a list of the different topics that can be covered in lessons :
Guitar for Beginners
If you're a complete beginner, I have a ready made "Beginners Course" that we will work through. The beginners course starts from the very beginning and covers all the relative topics to get you up to a standard where you're able to choose, learn and play the songs that you'd like to learn.
The most important part of playing the guitar, and song choice is generally up to the student. Before we start, I'll have you write down a list of ten songs that you'd like to learn, and we'll work towards learning each song, one at a time.
How you hold the plectrum, fret a note or strum a chord etc. As a beginner, it is vital that your technique is correct from the moment you pick the guitar up - otherwise you can work in bad habits, leading to years of frustration. If you've already developed bad technique, then we can work on resolving this issue by working in a correct technique over time.
The ability to strum correctly, and keep time with the music that we're playing. In the lessons, we'll learn the correct strumming methods, and apply them to learning popular songs of the students choice.
Lead Guitar and Improvising
The ability play a guitar solo, and/or improvise your own guitar solo. When learning solos, as well as working on developing correct "lead guitar" technique, we will also go a bit deeper and explore the underlying theory of each solo, which will then enable us to incorporate the ideas, from each solo, in to our own playing.
Your knowledge of music and what we are playing. All the music theory that I teach comes straight from the paper and on to the fretboard, so you're able to apply it constructively to your playing.
The ability to work out songs by ear. One of the best, yet overlooked methods to improve yourself as a guitarist. We'll start from the very beginning, and work our way up gradually, until we're able to listen to, and Transcribe full songs.
The ability to write and play our own songs. In the lessons, we will explore and examine a number of different songs. We will take a look at different elements such as - time, groove, feel, style, structure, key, harmony, melody and many other aspects of what makes up a great song. Once we've gained an understanding for each element, we will then apply this knowledge to writing our own songs.
I teach Grades 1 to 8 in Electric guitar, Acoustic guitar and Music Theory and I have a 100% pass rate to date.
Most styles can be covered ranging from Rock, Blues, Pop, Funk, Acoustic, Pop, Soul, Fingerstyle, Rock and Roll.
I use an element of music technology in lessons where I'm able to slow songs down, change key and record your playing all in a way that helps you learn quicker and more effectively.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
BSc Honours Degree in Music Technology - University of Glamorgan 2001 – 2004.
NOCN qualification in Creative Music Making and Group Tutoring Skills – 2005.
- How much do you charge?
£25 per 60 minute lesson.
£15 per 30 minute lesson.
- Where do you teach?
I'm based in Highbury Stadium Square (3 seconds from Arsenal Tube Station). Lessons can either take place here, or at the Students home.
- When are you available?
I from Sunday to Thursday every week.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
Age 7 and upwards.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
The first lesson is free and acts as a "taster lesson" to give you a feel for how the lessons are run. It also gives me the opportunity to access your playing, and for us to have a chat about what it is you'd like to learn.
- What kind of experience do you have?
Over the past nine years I have taught guitar for all types of people (age groups, abilities), privately, in day centres and in Primary and Comprehensive schools. As well as teaching music and the guitar, I have also worked as a Community Music Tutor where I have tutored classes in Rock and Pop, African drumming, Guitar Styles and Music Theory. I'm also a member of the RGT - Registry of Guitar Tutors.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an Advanced CRB Disclosure.
- Where and with whom did you train?
I have studied privately with some of the best Guitar teachers in the UK :
Justin Sandercoe - The Guitar Institute, Katie Melua, Justinguitar.com.
Dario Cortese - The Guitar Institute, Guitar Techniques Magazine, Dariocortese.com
Martin Goulding - The Guitar Institute, Guitar Techniques Magazine, Guitar World magazine.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
RGT - The Registry of Guitar Tutors.
• BSc Honours Degree in Music Technology
• NOCN in Creative Music Making and Group Tutoring Skills
• CRB Checked
Lee is a very able musician and consciencious teacher, who has an enthusiasm for teaching young people. Through his passion for music, and guitar in particular, he is able to encourage and motivate his students.
Lee had a good attendence record whilst in our employ and was always punctual. He conducted in a most professional manner, was always willing to co-operate, and build up excellent working relationships with colleagues.
Lee has been teaching my 11 year old son, Sam, electric guitar for around four years. In all that time I've found Lee to be charming and personable and, most importantly, a fantastic guitar teacher. He makes the lessons interesting and fun and Sam has thoroughly enjoyed being taught by him. His enthusiasm is infectious and I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone who wanted to learn. We are so fortunate to have found him!
Apart from her own enthusiasm for the instrument, Rachel's progress is attributable in large part to Lee's teaching skills. He is a relaxed, and relaxing, teacher who encourages but does not press his pupils unduly. He makes them feel at ease to progress at their own pace. He is polite, always pleasant to deal with, and children seem to warm to his gentle nature. His calm encouragement seems to ensure steady and continual progress, not always achieved by more rigid teaching regimes.
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