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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
Expert £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
Advanced £30.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £30.00

Banjo (5 string)

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

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Personal Description:

Hi I'm Ridgestone John a Guitar & Harmonica Tutor also teaching other instruments as well such as Mandolin, Banjo & Ukulele on a One to One or Group Basis.

SKYPE is my speciality and am keen to facilitate SKYPE lessons Nationwide and Abroad.

Welcoming new Students to come on board

Tutoring Experience:

Time served guitarist of 30 years playing experience and 20 years independent Tutoring experience

I taught myself to play the guitar when I was a teenager back in in the 1960s (you can probably guess my age).

There was no such thing as the Internet then and there were very little teaching resources available to me, so it was a long hard struggle to make any reasonable progress, there was much hit and miss and experimentation. When the internet became available I was able to vastly educate myself in music and was able to make good and satisfactory progress. I just wish I had that resource when I was young

Of Course there must be many guitarists that are better than me, that will always be the case for any guitarist, but what I have found is to make the best of what you can do and improve on it by adding quality and feeling to the music. Not everybody likes shredding guitar. My Current stable of instruments are, 2 Acoustic Guitars, I Electro Acoustic Jazz Guitar, 1 Classical Guitar, 1 Electric Guitar (Strat) 2 Mandolins, 1 Mandola, 1 Ukulele, 2 Banjos, 3 Amplifiers, 12 Harmonicas in different keys, 2 Flageolets in different keys, 1 Keyboard and 1 Didjeridu.

I gave my very first Guitar Lesson in June of 1993 in Strood Kent (UK). Naturally I felt a little nervous as the guy who I was going to teach was telling me that he wanted to play like Eric Clapton. My Stable of instruments at that time consisted of one Fender Acoustic Guitar, but I had to make a start somewhen. The guy showed me what he could do on the instrument and I developed a sinking feeling because his playing was vastly superior to mine (at the time). I patiently listened to him running up and down the Minor Pentatonics and when he finished he said "That's all I can do mate I can't do nuffin else." Breathing a sigh of relief I then showed him chord progressions and the like. The lesson taught me to be to act confidently.

After about a year of experimental guitar teaching, I started again August 2000 and spent the next 19 years travelling the County of Kent conducting one to one lessons during the evenings and weekends in the homes of my students, also holding lessons at my home and on occasions conducted SKYPE lessons as well. At the same time I was holding down various "Day Jobs" (to keep me in guitar teaching).

I have taught all ages (the youngest 5yrs & the oldest 70 yrs) and all levels of of society, and have added other instruments to my stable that I teach such as the Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele and Harmonica. I had the privilege to teach Guitar at a Community School in Ashford for a year. In February of 2020 I suffered a heart attack and shortly after being discharged from hospital Covid19 Lockdown measures were in place and I haven't been able to teach since. When it is over I look forward to getting back into guitar teaching, the guitar is my life.
Listed below. are some reviews

JohnK-658
13 Aug 2019
Guitar lessons
John is a very good guitar instructor there no pressure and you learn at your own pace the man is very talented thank you for a good lesson.

ShaunC-147
10 Jan 2019
A great learning experience
Had a great time learning Harmonica with John. Very informal/fun tuition (mainly me laughing at my attempts to emulate John). John kept the music theory information to a minimal level which was good for me but was very knowledgeable and was able to explain things I had read **E-mail Address Removed**etc regarding music theory e.g. playing Harmonica in different positions, Rule of 5ths etc.
Thoroughly recommend John to anyone wishing to learn the Harmonica or any of the other instruments he teaches.

ValerioB
10 Dec 2018
Good Harmonica teacher
John is a very passionate and experienced harmonica teacher. I enjoy his lessons and I recommend him to anyone who wishes to learn this instrument.

MamukaK
09 Dec 2018
Fun and interactive
John is teaching our 11 years old daughter and she has made very good progress. He is highly professional and his lessons are interactive and fun.

StephenS-457
07 Dec 2018
Great harmonica teacher
John taught me how to play the harmonica from scratch. His teaching style is patient and unhurried and he keeps the lessons varied and interesting. I have thoroughly enjoyed my sessions with John which were time well spent and good value for money. I recommend him.

HarryG-72
28 Nov 2018
Guitar lessons
Recommended. John has lots of musical experience with an easy going and flexible teaching style

SimonD-73
01 Feb 2018
Best music teacher in Kent
Superb music teacher. Highly recommended.

GrayWheel79-1
31 Jan 2018
My Guitar lessons with John
I've been with John for getting on for 2 years now and im extremely pleased with the tuition he gives.Hes very patient and moves along at my pace,im a very slow learner,but when i look back at when i first started learning to what learnt and what i can do now on the guitar,i couldn't be more pleased.
I wanted to learn the guitar as a hobby,John has understood that,and that is how i've progressed.
I couldn't praise John more and would definitely recommend John.
Ive started from knowing nothing and more than pleased with where i am now.

Tutoring Approach:

There are many YouTube and other good platforms as a learning resource so why choose a Tutor like me to help you in your music learning? I believe I provide good quality personal expert Tuition which considers & works with your personal ability. I aim to get you the pupil to achieve in a short period of time attractive sounds that will be a delight for others to hear.

I focus on your musical preferences because learning something that you actually like will help in keeping the love for your instrument alive and keep you motivated to perform better. To back up the effectiveness of the lessons that I give I have had years 20 years teaching experience and 30 years playing experience which combines a total of 50 years guitar playing experience.

Many satisfied pupils have benefited by learning from me so may I encourage you to book your lesson with me today and start receiving benefits of the tuition that I provide, avoid mistakes and make sure you are on the right path every time you pick up your instrument

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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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