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Guitar

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
Casual £30.00

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Personal Description:

Hello! I’m Lew. I teach classical guitar, acoustic guitar, and ukulele. I have undergraduate and postgraduate degrees from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and I’ve been teaching for over ten years. As a professional musician I have worked across the UK and Europe, including with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales here in Cardiff. I’m also a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

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Tutoring Experience:

In my time as a teacher, I've taught people of all abilities and from all backgrounds. Everyone is welcome. Some people who started lessons with me as complete beginners have gone on to pass their grade 8 exams. I have had students take both ABRSM and Trinity grades.

I teach many adult beginners and improvers, and I also teach children. I've spent years developing teaching strategies for beginners, and I always make sure the student leaves their first lesson feeling they've accomplished 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!

Many of my students have come to me at intermediate level. Many also have been experienced players in other types of guitar (e.g. electric) and wanted to start playing classical or acoustic. I have a lot of experience with students like this, and I adjust my teaching to make room for the knowledge they already have.

I teach children and adults from beginner to advanced level.
I have a 100% pass rate for grade exams.

Tutoring Approach:

I think it’s really important that you feel in control of what and how you learn, while also giving you all the important and essential knowledge to play the guitar or ukulele well. Let me know if you have specific goals or needs. If you don’t have a specific goal or are unsure, that’s fine too. I want my students to feel relaxed and secure. I’ll lead you through carefully from whatever level you are to where you want to be.

Classical Guitar:

Most of my students learn to play through a combination of tried-and-tested repertoire/pieces of music, exercises, and studies. I’ve carefully selected these from a broad range of sources and historical eras to maximise learning and enjoyment. This will give you a fully-rounded knowledge of playing, without any gaps, so that soon enough you’ll be able to confidently play any piece of music you like. But if you have a specific piece of music or exercise you want to learn, bring it along (or ask me if I have it – I probably do!) and we will work on that. There’s something to be learned from every piece and, after all, it’s your guitar lesson.

Guitar grades can be tackled at your own pace, or not at all. You’ll get no pressure from me to take an exam. I fully believe it’s possible to reach a professional level of playing without taking one.

Acoustic Guitar:

I teach acoustic guitar with a methodical approach, building up skills step by step, emphasising proper technique and music reading with the goal of getting the student to the point where they can read any music, chord sheet, or TAB they want and be able to play it well, while also developing the skills to play music by ear. I have found that this approach has the most long term success for beginners and improvers alike. We'll work on songs you like alongside exercises, scales, studies, and all the things that will make you a confident musician and guitar player. I specialise in finger style guitar, but if you're after a few lessons on strumming chords with a pick, we can do that too. Let me know your goals and we'll go from there.

Ukulele:

I like to take a methodical, cumulative approach to teaching ukulele. Many people have come to me for lessons after burning out with another teacher or trying to teach themselves. In my opinion, it’s better to start with learning the rudiments of music through playing tunes before moving on to the much more complicated task of playing chords. This is like learning the alphabet before trying to read long words. Much easier in that order! My students stick with ukulele longer this way, are more knowledgeable and musical as a result, and are more able to apply that knowledge and playing skill to other instruments they might choose to learn, such as the guitar.

For children, ukulele can be a great way into learning music, either as a precursor to playing the guitar, another instrument like piano, or just for playing the ukulele in its own right. I’ve taught many children over the years privately and in schools, from the age of 8 upwards.

I also teach a number of adults and older people who want to get into music, whether just for the love of it or as a fun hobby in retirement.

Lessons take place in my music room at home, or online via FaceTime or Skype. I have availability in the daytimes as well as the evening.

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: 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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