TUITION

A.J is a highly respected music tutor having taught for 20 years. Before moving to London he taught guitar at Leeds College of Music. He now teaches at two prestigious London Schools, for Guitar Weekends and privately in West London.
About 1 – 1 tuition

Each student I teach is assigned their own dropbox folder or google classroom through which all lesson materials are kept. This is fantastic for young students who can occasionally forget to bring materials to lessons. It also allows us to film sections of lessons and immediately upload this content into the folder for the student to use during practice.

While I do use standard books I certainly don’t rely upon them. Instead I use whatever feels right for each student’s needs. This may mean me writing specific or courses for that student. I also have an extensive amount of material I’ve written over the years at our disposal.

Private lessons usually take place at the student’s home or my own, depending on what is most mutually convenient. Lessons are usually 45 or 60 minute sessions, but of course can be flexible and any level of musician is more than welcome. If I feel that you are requesting a style I’m not fluent in then I will suggest a tutor best suited to your needs.

In terms of exams this is a decision that should be made by the student and teacher. If it helps a students progress I am more than happy for you to enter. (As I have been a
music examiner I know specifically what is required and what the examiners will be
looking out for). However exams should always be accompanied by general practice,
harmony knowledge and varied repertoire. Students who only learn exam material tend to miss out on a lot of the good stuff.

My general preference with beginners is to teach both classical and electric
guitar, songwriting and performance techniques up to intermediate level, after which the student will have a solid grounding to move forward in the direction most suited to them.

About Guitar Weekends

Guitar Weekends has been teaching all-things-guitar since 1994. Our objective is for players to simply ‘learn, play, be motivated and have fun’. We run both online and residential courses, covering:

  • Specific styles such as Blues, Rock, Country, Folk, Jazz, etc.
  • Generic stepping stones from Beginners to Strugglers and then Improvers covering core techniques and theory
  • Fundamentals such Rhythm, Improvisation, Chord Harmony, Fingerstyle and Performance
  • Cross-overs such as Blues to Jazz, Country to Rock as well as Themed courses which look at specific artists and their songs
  • Niche subjects such as Maintenance and Arranging and many others

I began teaching for them in 2015 and my residential courses include:

  • Performance masterclasses
  • Rhythm Guitar
  • Fingerstyle Guitar
  • Fingerstyle blues
  • Songwriting and Arranging

My number of online courses is extensive and includes:

Technique Courses

  • Beginner Strumming
  • Fingerstyle Basics
  • Fingerstyle Blues
  • Getting Creative With Chords Part 1 & 2
  • Learning How To Use a Loop Pedal 
  • Mastering Your Barre Chord
  • Mixing Licks and Chords 1
  • Mixing Licks and Chords 2
  • Putting Barre Chords Into Practice
  • Read Rhythm 1
  • Read Rhythm 2
  • Read Rhythm 3
  • 12 Bar Blues

Song Courses

  • Albatross – Fleetwood Mac – Solo guitar arrangement
  • The Boxer – Simon & Garfunkel
  • Blackbird – The Beatles
  • Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
  • Going Home (Local Hero Theme) – Mark Knopfler 
  • Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen
  • Hard Days Night – The Beatles 
  • I Wanna Be Your Love – Prince
  • Just The Two Of Us – Bill Withers
  • Kiss – Prince
  • Knocking On Heavens Door – Bob Dylan
  • Lay Down Sally – Eric Clapton
  • Play That Funky Music – Wild Cherry
  • Riverboat Song – Ocean Colour Scene
  • Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay – Ottis Reading
  • Sweet Home Alabama – Lynard Skynard
  • Sultans Of Swing – Direstraits
  • Take It Easy – The Eagles
  • Three Little Birds – Bob Marley
  • Walk Of Life – Direstraits
  • Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  • Wonderful Tonight – Solo guitar arrangement
Free Youtube Courses

I’ve just started creating free youtube courses that take you through all of the Ukulele, classical, electric and acoustic syllabus’s by both Rockschool and Trinity. These are not full courses but short 7-10min videos showing you the key features of each piece, the technicals, theory questions and a play through.

These videos should accompany your 1-1 lessons or the exam preparation courses we run at guitar weekends. It is always important that you have that 1-1 time with a tutor to ensure you are fully prepared. While my videos are clear and concise nothing beats being able to ask a tutor a direct question or for the tutor to watch your playing and adjust any technical issues or point out musical errors. 

However the videos are very useful and could help both yourself and other tutors with your home practice. Below is the first playlist uploaded this week for Rockschool’s Ukulele syllabus. Join my Youtube Page for weekly updates.

 

 

If you are interested in taking guitar lessons, please use the contact form to get in touch.