Information About Jon - Oxford teacher - (19 reviews)
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I have for many years led a Celtic music band Moonrakers in Oxford and regularly play acoustic music at various venues in the area. My passion is in all acoustic stringed instruments (guitar, Irish bouzouki, mandolin, ukulele). On each of these I play mainly fingerstyle and blues to accompany singing, but also cover strumming techniques… I don't teach classical guitar styles - the only written music I use is tablature. If you are interested in accompanying yourself for singing, or learning chordal-style playing to accompany other players, look no further!
I also teach Irish whistle and folk singing techniques for those who take up the guitar/ukulele.
I have taught all ages and all abilities for over 20 years. I also teach singing and performance skills to build people's confidence. However, I must stress that I prefer not to teach young children.
Whatever your ability, I will make a tailored programme to fit you. Usually a lesson would be about an hour. I generally prefer to arrange lessons according to your (and my) availablity, so there is no set "course" of lessons. I will often make a video of the lesson which I can email to you. plus some visual aids (tablature system which is very simple to learn).
With some students I've followed the RGT Guitar course (with examined grades up to Grade 8).
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- Associated Board (1975) - Grade 8 singing, but no formal guitar qualifications other than 25 years and five recorded albums. (College) (✘ Not On File)
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Jon taught me the embellishments of Irish flute music, the rhythms of the differnt genres like jigs, polka, mazurka etc. and how to emphasise on certain notes to make it so typically elegant.
He also taught me how to be accompanied, how to listen to the accompanying instrument and how to influence the accompanier.
He also taught me about the backgrond of Irish music, where all this was coming from, what is going on and what is changing in modern time.
His English is clear and can be understood also by foreign speakers like me.
Lovely! I can fully recommend Jon.
Jon was extraordinarily patient, literally starting from scratch
I enjoyed it very much and have already booked more lessons
Dianne Mar**Telephone Number Removed**
Although I don't feel able to continue at present, I hope to be able to make contact again in the future once I have a bit more time (and energy) on my hands. - Robert
Another great thing about lessons with Jon is his very effective way of reinforcing the content of the lessons through a series of video files that he records and sends to me after each lesson. It really helps a person who is as forgetful as I am.
On the whole, he is the best guitar teacher I have ever had and I would truly recommend him to anyone interested in learning the instrument.
I am still struggling. Progress is embarrassingly slow! I will be coming back for more lessons as I really want to learn, but feel I need to be at least competent with the four chords you have given me. Minor A and E reasonably ok, G not bad, but C still really difficult to get the stretch and not foul another string.
So I just keep practicing in ten minute sessions several times a day.