The Lessons

Marcus prides himself on being approachable, patient and most importantly structured with his guitar lessons, whether you’re a complete beginner or if you’ve been playing for years!

Please select your playing experience for further details on lessons.

Beginner

Marcus understands exactly what it feels like to be a beginner and will make 100% sure you feel comfortable at all times. There’s no need to feel worried or nervous when you come along for your first lesson.

Marcus’s lessons are structured to give the student a clear path when studying the guitar. Too many teachers jump between subjects with no real flow from lesson to lesson, ultimately resulting in the student growing frustrated from a lack of progress.

That’s not so with Marcus. You can rest assured that every lesson will have a purpose and a specific aim to push your playing forwards and get you achieving your guitar playing goals!

Marcus recommends syllabus from Rockschool and RGT. He teaches from introductory level/grade 1 up to grade 8. Exam grades are especially useful for students studying for GCSE’s, A-Levels and similar qualifications and can count towards UCAS points for those looking at courses in higher education.

You can rest assured your lessons will run at your own pace allowing you to maximise your lesson time without pressure!

You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain, give us a call now on 07869 279450 for a friendly, no obligation consultation, and we will get you going on the path towards your guitar playing dreams!

Intermediate

You are competent in most of the key skills for playing guitar and would like to develop more advanced skills and stylistic expression.

Perhaps you’re a self taught guitarist and you have been playing the same songs/music for years, feel frustrated by lack of progress and want to learn new skills and techniques to take your playing to the next level.

You may have some performance experience with a band, or jam with a bunch of friends at school, college or work, or at a jam night at a club. You may even have dreams of one day being up on a big stage like your heroes (but even if you don’t aspire to being a superstar you would like to take your guitar out of the bedroom and play with other musicians or in front of other people) and would like to develop the skills and the confidence to do this.

Maybe you wish to play guitar in a particular style so you can play guitar like (insert your favorite guitarist here) and (insert your second favorite guitarist here).

Intermediate level guitar lessons can include sessions on the following: Performance skills, rhythm, lead and improvisation skills (the essentials you need to know for playing in a band or Jamming to backing tracks).
Reading and ear training skills (vital for learning new songs quickly and accurately).

Plectrum and fingerstyle techniques. String Bending & Vibrato techniques. Major, Minor and Pentatonic scales and tips for using scales creatively to create memorable lead lines and solos.

Learn tips and tricks to unlock the fretboard so that you can navigate any part of the neck and play any melody you hear (almost!).

Guide to tone: Types of guitars and their sounds (eg. Les Paul, Stratocaster, Dreadnought), pick ups (single coil, humbuckers, etc). Guitar Amplifiers – Types of amplifier and setting them up for different styles of music. Guide to effects: Setting up effects pedals and programmable multi effects units correctly with your amplifier and tips & tricks for better tone.

Studying for intermediate grades (grades 3-5), or performance awards from RGT. Help with GCSE music assignments.

Too many teachers jump between subjects with no real flow from lesson to lesson, ultimately resulting in the student growing frustrated from a lack of progress.

That’s not so with Marcus-you can rest assured that every lesson will have a purpose and a specific aim to push your playing forwards and get you achieving your guitar playing goals!

You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain, give us a call now on 07869 279450 for a friendly, no obligation consultation, and we will get you going on the path towards your guitar playing dreams!

Advanced

Mastering the guitar can take many years to accomplish but with the right mentor you will achieve your goals faster. You will get more enjoyment from your learning, avoiding many of the frustrations that most self taught guitarists and students of inexpert or uncaring teachers endure.

Topics covered range from studying for advanced grades (grade 6-8), to music theory, to practical musical applications and advanced techniques.

Advanced techniques include: Technical exercises for speed. Alternate picking/ Hybrid picking/ Sweep Picking/Economy picking. Legato techniques/ Two Handed Tapping. Natural & Artificial Harmonics.
Scales/Modes from Major scale, Melodic Minor and Harmonic Minor, Whole Tone, Diminished & more…

Advanced Chords: Extensions and substitutions including 7ths, 9ths, 13ths, Augmented & Diminished & more.

Improvisation skills: lead & rhythm guitar.
Ear Training: Interval recognition & Rhythm Recognition exercises.

Arpeggios: Everything from basic 3 note major/minor triads to extended arpeggios across 6 strings. Learn how to use arpeggios to spice up lead playing.

Guide to tone: Types of guitars & their sounds (eg. 335, Les Paul, Stratocaster), pick ups (single coil, humbuckers, P90 etc) types & positioning for stylistic applications. Tube/valve, solid state and digital amplifiers: their characteristic sounds & pros and cons using them. Setting up effects pedals & programmable multi effects units correctly and tips & tricks for better tone.

Marcus recommends syllabus from Rockschool and RGT. He teaches up to grade 8. Exam grades are especially useful for students studying for GCSE’s, A-Levels and similar qualifications and can count towards UCAS points for those looking at courses in higher education.

Whether you are preparing for A-levels, University, one of the advanced Rockschool/RGT grades, or honing your playing skills for your biggest performance to date, get in touch to find out what Marcus can do for you.

You have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain, give us a call now on 07869 279450 for a friendly, no obligation consultation, and we will get you going on the path towards your guitar playing dreams!

Whether you want to learn for fun, or you are a serious musician looking to take your playing to the next level we design & plan a lesson programme to help you reach your goals. Lessons are structured to guarantee your best possible progress.

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