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GUITAR TUITION 
I have a Performer's Diploma on Guitar from Trinity College London and am currently teaching at The Perse Upper School, The Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts, Hills Road Sixth Form College.
Rock and Pop, Acoustic, Classical, Flamenco, Bossa Nova and Jazz
Tuition is geared to individual interests, motivation and enjoyment
Exams can be taken to Grade 8 in Rock, Acoustic (Folk, Blues,Traditional) and Classical

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A BEGINNER'S GUIDE:

ELECTRIC
   (Electric guitar, lead, pick, amp)
This style is for playing modern rock music and it’s associated styles It is best played using a pick although some players do use their fingers only.
There are many techniques to learn such as sliding up strings with the left hand fingers, string bending, hammering fingers on and off, playing percussive ‘damped’ sounds etc. The instrument is best played in a band with other musicians. You will learn to read TAB - a system which shows you where to put your left hand fingers on the guitar, but you will need to learn to read rhythms from the proper music line.
Grades can be taken using the ‘Rockschool’ syllabus.

ACOUSTIC : FOLK/BLUES/TRADITIONAL
(Steel/nylon-string guitar, pick)
In this style you will learn to strum chords with right hand fingers or thumb or a plectrum (pick).
You will also learn fingerstyle;  playing chords using finger patterns sometimes called broken chords or arpeggios. You will learn to play melodies, folk or classical or rocky/bluesy/jazzy with a pick. This is a great style to accompany singing, either yourself or another person or even another instrument such as guitar, harmonica, flute or fiddle. You will learn to read TAB - a system which shows you where to put your left hand fingers on the guitar, but you will need to learn to read rhythms from the proper music line.
Grades can be taken (Registry of Guitar Tutors)

ACOUSTIC : ROCK/POP (Steel-strung acoustic guitar, capo, pick)
Strumming chords, fingerstyle and/or picking. Mainly accompanying vocals but also instrumental pieces. You will learn to read TAB - a system which shows you where to put your left hand fingers on the guitar, but you will need to learn to read rhythms from the proper music line.
(No grades available in this style)

CLASSICAL
   (Nylon-string guitar, footstool - from music shops, recommended for this style in order to raise the left knee on which the guitar is balanced)
Learn to read proper music and play the guitar with left and right hand fingers. You play a melody line, bass notes and chord notes all at once and the tunes are mainly classical or folk melodies (in the first 6 months you will learn just the melody line however). The classical guitarist plays mainly alone but can play with other guitarists or instruments such as flute or recorder in duos and trios etc. It is a softly-spoken but beautiful style.
Grades can be taken with Registry of Guitar Tutors or Associated Board

OTHER STYLES
Flamenco, Jazz or World music can be studied too, although students should already have some facility with the instrument for this

OVERALL
You will learn to pick notes and strum chords using fingers or pick, play pieces, read music or TAB and rhythms, improvise, play by ear, play by heart and compose items yourself.

TIP: Listen to as much music as possible – on-line, radio, CD’s etc., go to gigs/concerts, join groups/play with others and set time every day to practice, practice, practice. Do a little every day and it will soon pay off!


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