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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
Expert £30.00
Casual £30.00

Bass Guitar

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

Mandolin

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Casual £30.00

Banjo (5 string)

Hourly Fee
Beginner £30.00
Intermediate £30.00
Casual £30.00

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Personal Description:

Hi I'm Ridgestone John a dedicated Guitarist inviting & welcoming new Students & Pupils to come on board and gain the benefits of my 20 years of experience in teaching the Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele & other stringed, fretted instruments. Which ever of these instruments you would like to learn as a beginner or advanced player I can help you. My rates are good value for money. I can travel anywhere in the County of Kent or you can have the lessons at my home which ever is convenient for you

I am also available as a One Man Band performer/Last minute musician for your small function which I can provide at a very reasonable cost.

Tutoring Experience:

2A self taught musician, I first started playing guitar during the “Hippie” Era. There were no such things as the Internet or YouTube in those days. There were no guitar teachers that I could learn from or that I knew of or were available to me. I gleaned what little I could from a guitar chord book of Beatles Songs from their Sargent Pepper’s Album. In the 1980s I learned further guitar chords and progressions from a Jethro Tull Guitar Chord Song book. For 25 years I was stuck on Basic first position open Chords and that was about it. In 1992 all that changed when I went to work for a community arts group in Gillingham. I was introduced to the Folk Music scene and spent 2 years as a Folk Music Floor Spot performer Playing Guitar, Singing, Playing the Mandolin and Balalaika learning and improving as I went along studying very closely how other musicians played and used techniques. I gained enough confidence to start teaching the instrument as my playing ability during this time rapidly improved. In 1993 I gave my first lesson as a group workshop which was covered further on Radio Kent. From there I gradually started to build up a student base from that small beginning. There was a gap of 7 years then in 2000 I intensified my activity in guitar teaching and from that time added other instruments to my repertoire such as the Banjo, Ukulele and Harmonica. I have taught one to one, groups, in schools, from beginners to advanced. There is not enough space here to explain all the benefits of learning from me if you wish to take lessons. All I can say is give a try, I think you will be glad you did.

Tutoring Approach:

My lessons are flexible and geared to the individual preferences of the Student and you will find me an Easy Going Tutor. I have gained a tremendous amount of musical knowledge and experience which I pass on gladly to my Pupils. It is much appreciated when the pupil takes the lessons seriously and maintains lesson continuity. It is also appreciated if the Student commits to a minimum of 5 Lessons. In the event that a a Student has to cancel, and I recognize that emergencies do occur a minimum of 48 hours Notice of cancellation would be appreciated. There is no cancellation Fee

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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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