The standard length of a guitar lesson is 30 minutes, for pupils aged 10 years and over. Pupils under 10 years often start with a 20 minute lesson, extending this to 30 minutes, when age and concentration span allows it.
Most pupils start and continue with weekly lessons of either 20 or 30 minutes. More experienced pupils may find that one lesson per fortnight is enough to provide a repertoire of pieces to be practised. This can be discussed.
Most lessons are one to one; there is some scope however for 2 or 3 pupils to learn at one time, depending on ability, age and experience, sharing the cost between them.
I teach most days from the afternoon onwards, into the evening. I also teach Saturday and Sunday daytime. Please call to discuss availability of spaces.
In my teaching room is an amplifier for both electric guitar and electric bass, which pupils may use in lessons. Pupils may wish to bring their own amplifier to the first lesson to discuss which settings will give the best sounds.
You do need to have your own guitar on which to practice outside of lessons.
If you do not already have a guitar, you may want to use one of my guitars in your first lesson, to see which is most suitable – steel string acoustic, nylon string classical acoustic or electric guitar. There is a good selection of guitar shops in Bristol, with prices for budget classical guitars starting at around £50, electric and steel string acoustic at around £200.
Most pupils do not read conventional “black dot” music notation, preferring to learn by ‘ear’ with a sheet of the piece of music shown by chords or tablature (usually shortened to "tab"). This can be explained further by phone call if necessary.
Some pupils find it helpful to record parts of the lesson – many mobile phones have a voice recording facility, allowing the pupil to make an audio reminder of the lesson.