Rob Shaw Guitar Tutor
Structured approach to tuition incorporating the skills needed to be a good & musical guitarist
- Guide Price£25 per 1 hour lesson
With 30 years playing and 15 years teaching experience I pride myself on helping develop guitarists who not only play songs/riffs/solos but also sound good doing so, with the skills and knowledge to play in bands/ensembles, perform live and continue to improve their own playing.
I teach all levels from beginners upwards, so if you have never picked up a musical instrument but want to give the guitar a go then I'd be very happy to get you started.
Alternatively, you may want to move your playing to the next level. Maybe tidy up your technique, get your teeth into some face-melting solos, finally get to know theory or even learn to read music. Maybe you just need someone else who can give you some extra guidance and direction.
I also tutor in two secondary schools and a prep (primary) school and have a lot of experience preparing both school and private students for GCSE performance exams with the majority receiving A and A*s for performance.
I approach teaching the guitar from a skills perspective. That is, whatever songs or style of music you wish to play it will incorporate a range of skills that require at least some degree of attention to allow them to be used fluently within the music. These skills are not just physical on the instrument but also musical. Some are absolutely core and needed irrespective of whatever music you want to play, eg; being able to play notes and chords correctly and change smoothly between them; being able to feel the beat of the music and play in-time to it; being able to play 8th and 16th note rhythms; right-hand strumming technique; listening whilst playing; remembering sequences of chords/notes and understanding song structures; being able to 'perform' a short piece and make it 'musical' rather than just stumbling through notes in the correct (or even incorrect!) order.
Other skills are more specific such as lead guitar techniques like string bending, hammer-ons and tapping, also perhaps fingerstyle, speed technique, understanding 'jazz chords' and improvisation and these will be more or less important to different students and their personal tastes.
I typically isolate specific skills and work on them with brief exercises in tandem with using songs that allow the student to develop those skills in a real musical context. This is with the goal of getting every student to a point where they can play the music and songs that they want to unhindered whilst sounding musically fluent and with the knowledge and ability to address any difficulties that may arise along the way.
Outside of teaching I perform as an acoustic Wedding Guitarist, playing solo instrumental arrangements of romantic tunes in wedding ceremonies and receptions.
I have played as a guitarist in function bands and still do 'dep' (stand-in) gigs. I played for 10 years in an acoustic jazz duo with a singer and have played in many original bands since the age of 14.
Brooklands, Sale, Manchester, UK