Information About Nathaniel - Forest Hill teacher
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Nathaniel offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!
Since the age of eleven I have built a great passion and skill-set for the guitar. This was a process of self-education, meaning I was able to nurture the skills at my own pace and with my own understanding. For this reason, I have a special way of teaching the instrument, which factors in the importance of style and aesthetic preference.
An adaptable performer, I can play and teach a diverse range of styles. I primarily specialise in a soulful rhythm guitar style for my band, Candy's Room. Alongside the guitar, I am also competent in bass, banjo, ukulele and mandolin. However, I do not teach these instruments, as they are not in my area of expertise.
I have played for several bands and music groups throughout the past ten years. In sixth form I managed and started my own fifteen-piece R'n'B covers group, while also writing up transcriptions of the songs we covered. We performed a successful charity concert towards the end of Year 13.
Most importantly, however, I also sing, play guitar and write songs for my own band, 'Candy's Room', which I have been managing since 2012 and performing in since early 2018. We have performed in a variety of venues, including the Amersham Arms, 93 Feet East and the New Cross Inn.
Observing one of my teacher friends, Lawrence Wilkins of the trio Zenel, I found the best way to communicate effectively to students is through clear demonstration, focused listening back and disciplined repetition.
As a bandleader, I am expected to communicate my musical ideas to a variety of players, each with different musical backgrounds. I have a classically trained saxophonist, a grade 8 guitarist and a self-taught guitarist in my band. I adapt my explanation of my compositional ideas to each player's unique understanding of music. This has allowed me to become literate in communicating through both theory and patient demonstration.
When leading my R'n'B covers band at school, I was responsible for communicating other people's songs to self-taught guitarists, classically trained violin players, singers, brass players and drummers. All of my musical understanding came through the guitar and was successfully translated so that the song was performed tightly and with style. Though my one-to-one teaching experience is limited to the times I taught my friends to play the guitar, it will not be a challenge for me to teach you what you will need to know to bring your guitar playing abilities to the next level.
Before I meet my students, I would like to gauge the general pace at which they would like to learn the instrument.
The student's understanding of the music should be grounded in their own interests. I believe in tailoring the lessons to what the student would like to learn. This may include teaching them songs which they like; going through particular scales, modes or voicings they find difficult; teaching common chord progressions they can use in their own songs; learning a particular genre of music; even helping them discover ways to fit a melody to a chord progression.
I take a hands-on approach to teaching the guitar. The best way that we learn is through practising techniques and patterns continuously. The aim of my lessons will be to help my students find their own performance styles and to teach them to the point that they will be able to develop by themselves.
I intend to also give my students a solid understanding of music theory through the guitar, so that they will be able to communicate with other musicians in a more professional way.
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Additional Languages: German
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University of Edinburgh (2018) - Fundamentals of Music Theory (Other) (✔ On File)
- Dartford Grammar School (2017) - International Baccalaureate Diploma: 42 out of 45 points (School) (✔ On File)
- Chislehurst & Sidcup Grammar School (2015) - 11 GCSEs: 3 A*s, 8 As, 1 B (School) (✔ On File)