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Guitar

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £25.00

Music Theory

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £25.00

Composition

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Advanced £25.00
Expert £30.00
Casual £25.00

Ukulele

Hourly Fee
Beginner £25.00
Intermediate £25.00
Casual £25.00

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Personal Description:

Hello! I’m Lew. I am a professional guitarist, ukulele-ist, and composer. I have both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and I’ve been teaching for over ten years. I play in a band, perform solo, and I also play and sing in a comedy/cabaret group. As a pro musician I have worked across the UK and Europe, including with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales here in Cardiff. I’m a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Registry of Guitar Tutors at the London College of Music. I have a full enhanced DBS check and child protection training.

Tutoring Experience:

In my teaching career I have taught people of all abilities and from all backgrounds. Everyone is welcome. I cover many different styles of guitar playing, including rock, folk/folk-rock, classical/Spanish, pop, and singer-songwriter, from beginner to professional level.

Many of my students are adults who are self-taught or who have not had a guitar lesson for a long time and now want to improve their skills, whether that is their overall skill and technique, or something more specific like improvisation, theory, or accuracy and speed. These students play acoustic or electric guitar (or both) in a range of styles.

I teach many beginners, both children (6+) and adults, in acoustic, nylon stringed, and electric guitar. I have spent years developing teaching strategies for beginners, and I always make sure the student leaves their first lesson being able to play something. People are often embarrassed about being a beginner or an improver, so I always strive to make the student as comfortable and relaxed as possible. After all, you want to enjoy playing!

I teach classical/nylon string guitar to children and adults from beginner to advanced level. I have a 100% pass rate for grade exams (ABRSM, Trinity, LCM), many of which have been grade 8.

I teach ukulele, too. I cover the usual strumming chords and singing, but I can also teach it as a more serious solo instrument (no really!).

Many people who have been playing for a long time come to me with injuries or pain from playing. I have much experience in improving technique and alignment to get rid of pain, also having experienced playing-related injuries myself. If this is something you are interested in talking about, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

If you are interested in writing music for guitar, please get in touch. It is a particular speciality of mine and I would love to teach more budding composers.

I teach mostly in my music room at home, but I have also been teaching on Skype for years. I will consider travelling to you if you can’t make it to me. Some of my students take a hybrid approach – some lessons in person, some online. Whatever you need, I’m sure I can fit you in somewhere! Group lessons are also a possibility.

Tutoring Approach:

I think it’s really important to let the student lead on how and what they want to learn, so you will have a big say in how you progress. Most of my students learn to play through learning songs which are at an appropriate skill level, and I usually supplement that with my own teaching materials in the form of exercises and explanatory sheets about music theory. Some people are learning a new song every week, while others like to spend weeks really fine tuning a song. It’s entirely up to you what you would like to do.

If you want to learn to improvise or learn to play well as part of a group, that’s great! We’ll split our time between learning the theory behind improvising and actually playing together in the lesson. Don’t worry if you think your improv is bad!

I often use some of the tried-and-tested guitar books alongside learning songs for improving technique and musical skills. If you have a book you’d like to use, that’s totally fine and encouraged! Many of my students are using the “Modern Method For Guitar”, which has been a particularly good guide for adult improvers or the self-taught.

For classical students, I teach using my own exercises and studies alongside the classic methods and repertoire, such as “Solo Guitar Playing”. Grades can be tackled at your own pace, if you want to do them at all. I cover repertoire from Renaissance up to all the wacky modern stuff.

If you are a parent whose child wants to learn to play, especially if they are very young, it is highly encouraged that you learn to play alongside them. After all, you’ll be sitting in the lesson anyway! There is no extra charge for this.

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

Qualifications:

  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (2016) - Master of Music (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (2014) - Bachelor of Music with Honours (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

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