Information About Joseph - Shrewsbury teacher - (1 review)
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Hi! My name’s Joe and I’ve been playing guitar for just about 20 years now. I have played professionally all over England at various points, both electric and acoustic guitar. When I decided I was going to become a guitar teacher, I hunted for a suitable looking qualification and ended up qualifying with a Diploma in Guitar from the London College of Music.
I love playing and teaching rock, blues, acoustic and country music. I can run lessons about Hendrix, or Clapton, or Page, or we can look at songwriting and accompanying singers, If you are someone who fancies working with different guitar tunings, thumb picks, or learning theory, these happen to be things that I really enjoy teaching. If not- don’t worry, making lessons enjoyable for *you* is what motivates me.
If you are someone who wants to work towards grades we can do that, if you just want to play for pleasure we can work on that. The (discounted) first lesson is a chance to talk and decide your music goals and what *you* want to get from playing. Then it’s my job to get you there.
I actually have a PGCE in primary education, and have been working in schools for about 10 years, much of that as a class teacher. I love teaching instruments and music to a whole class, although my ears thank me for changing paths. I decided that I wanted to return to my passion of playing and teaching guitar professionally, which is why I’m writing this. Nonetheless, I love working with young people and have a lot of experiences working with people with special needs, so if you -or someone you are looking at getting lessons - fits that bill, I am more than happy to work with you.
Some people say I look like Mr. Tumble, which is a bonus in these situations.
If I’m teaching younger learners, we tend to play lots of games and really try to make learning something to look forward to. I would recommend half hour lessons to begin with for younger rockstars.
During our first lesson, we will talk about the music that you enjoy and where you are currently as a player. If you have never picked up a guitar before - that’s fine too! We can also talk about equipment and those practical questions that you may have. I can even restring or repair an old family heirloom from the attic, if needed.
From there, we will either choose some pieces to learn, or look at learning some fun chords and scales to start writing your own material. I know that some teachers really like to stick to learning pieces, which is great, and how I was taught music at school many years ago. However as someone who loves to jam and improvise, I think it’s a shame not to include that as part of our curriculum. We will talk about practice strategies and mid and long term goals.
If you are already an intermediate guitarist and would like to work on a specific technique - for instance, using a thumb pick and alternate bass, Tommy Emmanuel style, or playing legato like Slash in Paradise City, or riffing like Mastadon, or playing rhythm like Ed Sheeran, we can totally do that. Over the years I have developed pretty robust theory too, so in the unlikely event you just want to move into jazz, and playing the changes, we can totally work on those goals.
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Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- LCM (2016) - Diploma - Guitar performance (Other) (✔ On File)
- BCU (2012) - Primary Education (QTS) (✔ On File)
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