Information About Nathaniel - Lewisham teacher
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I have been learning to play the guitar since the age of eleven and built a great passion and skill-set for the instrument for almost a decade. 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 into account the student's individual preferences and abilities.
An adaptable performer, I can play and teach a diverse range of styles, but specialise in a finger-picking folk style and an improvisational lead-guitar style. I also hold an in-depth knowledge of the bass guitar and specialise in the 'slap and pop' technique, preferring the use of fingers over use of the plectrum for the bass.
Alongside the guitar and bass guitar, I am also competent in several stringed instruments which complement my primary instruments. I can play the banjo, ukulele, piano and mandolin to a good standard. 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, most notably for a fifteen-piece R'n'B covers group when I was in Sixth Form. I organised and managed this band myself, while also writing up transcriptions of the songs we covered. This was a great challenge to me, stretching my then limited knowledge of music theory. We performed a successful charity concert towards the end of Year 13. I also manage, sing, play guitar and write songs for my own band, 'Candy's Room', which I have been performing in since 2012.
Earlier this year, I took an online course in the Fundamentals of Music Theory with the University of Edinburgh. This allowed me to grasp the basics of music theory which I was initially ignorant to when I began to pick up the guitar. I am still a student of music and do not believe any musician ever stops being a student. However, I am convinced that the best thing a student can do is pass down the knowledge they gain, to keep the flame for musical education thriving.
I currently train at the Battersea Arts Centre as a music facilitator. This position has given me experience planning and organising musical workshops to engage young children's interest in learning music. We receive practical experience teaching music to kids on a termly basis.
I give lessons to fellow musicians, to help improve their abilities or even to introduce them to the guitar (if they are used to playing another instrument). The benefit of this way of teaching is that there is already a common understanding of music. For this reason, I am interested in teaching beginners, as it is more enjoyable to see a student's fresh take on the instrument.
Before I meet my students, I would like to know the reasons for their interest in the guitar or bass, so I can 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 chord changes they find difficult; teaching common chord progressions they can use in their own songs; even helping them discover ways to fit a melody to a chord progression.
I take a hands-on approach to teaching the guitar. While I do believe the theory is key in understanding the relation between movements in a song or notes in a scale, I know that we learn best through practising the techniques and patterns continuously. Though there will be an element of structure and progression in each lesson, I do not do things by any textbook or system and prefer my lessons to be centred around the person and instrument.
Ideally, I would like to teach fundamental music theory to my students, as it is an important tool which even I have only begun to grapple with. I will not, however, make this the sole focus of my lessons and plan to give enough information to ensure that the instrument is the main focus of each lesson.
There are limits to what can be taught and what I can teach; I will not be able to teach how to write your own songs or how to shred like Eddie Van Halen. I can, however, set up the conditions which enable these skills in an engaging 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)