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John offers a discount of 25% on their first / introductory lesson!

Guitar

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Casual £30.00

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Casual £30.00

Harmonica

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Casual £30.00

Ukulele

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Casual £30.00

Mandolin

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Casual £30.00

Banjo (5 string)

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Advanced £30.00
Casual £30.00

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Personal Description:

Teaching the Guitar. Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica & Ukulele
All ages & Abilities
D.B.S Certificate
Public Liability Insurance
Musicians Union Registered

Tutoring Experience:

18 Years on the Road traveling throughout the County of Kent. As A guitar teacher I remember the first time of actually doing a proper structured, professional lesson with a paying student & I speak openly about my very first Guitar Teaching Experience

It was during a period of unemployment in the early 1990s, having been out of work for about a year due to ill health, and at a disadvantage of getting back into work, that I voluntarily signed up for the Government's then known “Employment Action” scheme. This was to help the long term unemployed get back into work. At the initial interview I was asked what skills I had. Prior to my Unemployment I was a Milkman. Years ago prior to that however I was an Art Student & “Bedroom Guitarist”

Wishing to make a go of Art & Music professionally it was mentioned to the Interviewer that I had Art Experience. This led to being assigned to work at a local Community Arts Center as a Publicity Designer and Arts Worker. In this environment I was able to access a local Folk Music Club and was able to perform there every 2nd Sunday evening in the Month for 2 years as a floor spot musician. Although I would have very much liked to have been a professional Musician, it didn’t quite work out that way and the next best alternative, that of Guitar Teaching was tried. With a bit of primitive advertising mainly by word of mouth and free notice boards, as I couldn’t afford paid advertising, I eventually got my first lesson inquiry.

The inquiring Student said he wanted to play like Eric Clapton and required me to help him in this regard. A lack of confidence came over me but, I had to start somewhere. The only instrument I had then was a Fender Acoustic Guitar, so I agreed to conduct the lesson. Struggling on the Bus with the Instrument and eventually finding my way to a tucked away Mews off the main street, I was ushered in. The guy had an electric Guitar, can’t remember if it was a Strat, and he showed me what he could do on it.

With lightening speed he ran up and down the Pentatonic Minor Scale. Far better than I could ever attempt at the time. At that moment a sense of dread came over me as there was no way I could match his skill. What do I do now? I kept silent, not wishing to lose credibility, continuing to listen and watch him play. When finished he said “That’s all I can do Mate, I can’t do nothing else”.

A sense of relief, now I could reasonably and confidently teach him chords and a few riffs which he couldn’t do. So the lesson continued, although I don’t think I did very well. Pleasantly surprised, he paid me but didn’t ask me back again. At least it was a start. Over the years I have learned & I believe improved from this experience. Other positives and negatives encountered along the way have added to the rich tapestry of experience

Currently as a one to one Tutor I have added other instruments to my Guitar Teaching Repertoire, Mandolin, Banjo, Harmonica, Ukulele & Stick/Appalachian Dulcimer ensuring a continuity of lessons and always have available space for New Students. Welcome aboard, I look forward to teaching you

Tutoring Approach:

Interested in the musical preferences and aspirations of the Student. I conduct no pressure lessons, employing empathy & a good sense of humor thus ensuring enjoyable lessons

Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • myguitarlessons.com (2016) - B.A.M.T in-house: Ongoing (Other) (✘ Not On File)
  • Ashford Oaks School: (2016) - Safe guarding Children Module 4: Inhouse (Other) (✘ Not On File)
  • Thanet Schools of Art (1968) - A level Art grade B (College) (✔ On File)

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