Testimonials

First name: Mitchell
Age (optional): 18


1) In what areas has your playing improved through studying with Stephen?

Steve has hugely helped improve my overall knowledge of the guitar. For example using different scalic patterns and shapes, the same applies to chords. As well as helping develop my improvisational development.

2) What do you think about the content of your guitar lessons? For example: has the music you have studied been appropriate?
The music studied has been very appropriate, looking at various techniques from different songs to help improve myself at that technique, as well as making it fun and enjoyable in the process.

3) What is your teacher like during your lessons and what did you think about the quality of the resources (tab, print outs, recordings) that you received?
Steve is very enthusiastic and very helpful. The quality of resources received are at the highest quality, you can tell a lot of effort has been put into these resources.

4) If you taught yourself before, how do you feel having guitar lessons has affected your playing?
Its improved my playing and the way I approach different material. Such as decreasing the speed of a song if you find a certain section tricky then slowly speeding up the song till you get it fluent, as well as helping my picking technique.


First name: John
Age (optional): 55

1) If you taught yourself before, how do you feel having guitar lessons has affected your playing?
There is no comparison, to develop your guitar skills you need to interact with someone more experienced than yourself. Without lessons I could not play the way I do today.

2) In what areas has your playing improved through studying with Stephen?

The construction & formation of chords has improved plus how to mute strings to control the sound with both left & right hands. Also my strumming technique &  timing has improved helping me to achieve the sound I want. I can now hear & interpret songs I want to play in a way I could not do before.

3) What do you think about the content of your guitar lessons? For example: has the music you have studied been appropriate?

I had a large input into the music used to practice & develop my guitar skills. This made practice more pleasurable. The large number of songs Steve has transcribed mean there is also something interesting to look at & study. If there was song you just want to try out, Steve could quickly write down the basic chords & strumming patterns so you could always explore a new genre or classic song quickly which help maintain your interest.

4) What is your teacher like during your lessons and what did you think about the quality of the resources (tab, print outs, recordings) that you received?

Steve is very patient & always encouraging you to keep practising. By showing how to build up complex chord sequences & riffs he simplified & made attainable what seemed impossible. The printed tabs were tailored to your particular focus, e.g. rhythm or lead & the example recordings were a great help when you couldn’t quite master that riff. There was also an underlying structure to the lessons to help master basic techniques.


First name:    Jim

Age (optional): 64


1) How long have you been having guitar lessons with your teacher and what can you do now that you couldn’t do before?


12 months, play a lot more chords, keep time a lot better

2) What do you think about the content of your guitar lessons? For example: has the music you have studied been appropriate?

Steve has taught music that i requested so very appropriate as it has been specific

3) What is your teacher like during your lessons and what did you think about the quality of the resources (tab, print outs, recordings) that you received?

Very informative content has been exceptional to the extent he has even sent little videos of specific parts i could not play
All tabs were of a full song and not just part like a lot of teachers so allowed me to try to play parts we did not cover in the lesson

4) If you taught yourself before, how do you feel having guitar lessons has affected your playing?

Moved my playing on a lot and gave me a better perception of music


First name:  Lisa                                                                 
Age: 47

1) How long have you been having guitar lessons with your teacher and what can you do now that you couldn’t do before?

Had lessons for 3 years, before this I had no knowledge or experience of playing guitar and not much experience of playing any musical instrument. I now feel confident reading guitar tab, following strumming patterns, and have a greater understanding on how to teaching myself new songs.  I also appreciate the time and effort it takes to play the guitar, and how rewarding it is once you have mastered a few simple chords.

 2) What do you think about the content of your guitar lessons? For example: has the music you have studied been appropriate?

 I really enjoyed my lessons, the music was tailored around the types of music I enjoy listening to, which makes practise easier and more enjoyable. The songs chosen were always enough to challenge without being too difficult and off putting, pitching the content at the right level to my experience.

 3) What is your teacher like during your lessons and what did you think about the quality of the resources (tab, print outs, recordings) that you received?

My teacher was patient and took time to explain all the difference aspects of playing guitar, reading music, and musical notation.   A valueable range of resources were available included printouts, recordings and videos, which were all available via the google drive or Youtube, and also pointed out other resources available on the internet.  My teacher truly knew his stuff and clearly has a passion for playing and teaching music.


Name: Andrew    

Age: Over 30! 

How long have you been having guitar lessons with your teacher and what can you do now that you couldn’t do before?

I’ve had 10 1 hour lessons. I can now play more than 20 different songs that Stephen has taught me and knowing several chords means I can also pick up bits of other songs and amuse myself by improvising a bit.

Why did you decide to come to your teacher for guitar tuition?

I had wanted to learn guitar for a while and had tried to learn from books and online lessons but I felt I needed someone to show me basic techniques to get them right from the start and to prevent getting into bad habits.

What do you think about the music and activities you play in your guitar lessons? Have you learnt any songs that were by your favourite bands or artists?

Stephen has planned the lessons very well and gone out of his way to use songs and pieces of music that are either by artists he knows I like or that he thinks – correctly I will like. This makes practicing much easier and more fun.

What is your teacher like during your lessons and when you have to talk to them?

Very professional and a very good musician – obviously knows his stuff  – both musically and educationally – and very friendly.


First name:     Iain     

Age: 47

How long have you been having guitar lessons with your teacher and what can you do now that you couldn’t do before?

I have been having lessons for nine months and can now strum numerous chords and pick note sequences, whereas I struggled with these things previously. I can now read tablature and understand various musical symbols more easily. 

Why did you decide to come to your teacher for guitar tuition?

Having struggled in a guitar group I decided on one to one tutition and found Steve having ‘googled’ Guitar Tutors in my area.

If you taught yourself before, how do you feel having guitar lessons has affected your playing?

I am more confident in my playing and can see that I am making steady progress. 

What do you think about the music and activities you play in your guitar lessons? Have you learnt any songs that were by your favourite bands or artists?

One of the first things Steve asked me was what style of music I would prefer to learn and builds the lessons around the artists I enjoy listening to, which makes the whole experience more enjoyable and relevant.

What is your teacher like during your lessons and when you have to talk to them?

Steve is always very pleasant and friendly and gives instructions in a clear and easy to understand way.

“Having struggled with group sessions at a music college without really progressing and being on the verge of throwing my instrument in a skip, I thought I would have one final attempt to learn the guitar through one to one lessons. Having studied with Steve for several months I feel that I am at last making steady progress towards being able to play some of the music which I enjoy listening to. Steve is a very skillful and knowledgeable tutor and plans the lessons and my ‘homework’ very well. Although I still feel that I am by no means a natural musician, I enjoy the lessons and find great satisfaction in being able to reproduce some of the music of my favourite bands. Anyone who get get a decent C chord out of me deserves a lot of credit. I have no hesitation in recommending Steve to beginers who are wanting to learn either acoustic or electric guitar.”


Name: Kirsty

Age: 17

How long have you been having guitar lessons with your teacher and what can you do now that you couldn’t do before?

I have been having guitar lessons with Stephen for 2 years now and I have improved so much during that time. Before I started having lessons with Steve I could only play basic chord progressions, however now I am able to play intricate finger picking songs and play more complex pieces that involve things like bar chords and plectrum picking. I have also learned how to write basic melodies and have been able to compose some of my own pieces.  

Why did you decide to come to your teacher for guitar tuition?

When I started my lessons I had chosen to take music as one of my GCSE’s therefore felt I needed an experienced teacher, and Stephen not only taught me pieces to play for my exams but also helped me with music theory.

If you taught yourself before, how do you feel having guitar lessons has affected your playing?

When you teach yourself you can not always learn the correct way to do things, so having lessons meant I learnt the correct and proper way to play guitar and these techniques really did make a difference to my playing as it enabled me to play more smoothly.

What do you think about the music and activities you play in your guitar lessons? Have you learnt any songs that were by your favourite bands or artists?

Steve is really good at making the lesson very personal to your taste; no two lessons are the same and he plans every thing you will do in the lesson before hand. Practically all of the songs I have learnt have been by my favourite artists so I really enjoy practising everything I’m set.

What is your teacher like during your lessons and when you have to talk to them?

Steve is so easy to get along with and to talk too; he really makes you feel welcome.


Name: Colin

Age: 59

How long have you been having guitar lessons with your teacher and what can you do now that you couldn’t do before?

Been having weekly 30 minute lessons for about 5 months now, I can play a bit better than when I started.

Why did you decide to come to your teacher for guitar tuition?

I couldn’t learn anything off the internet. 

If you taught yourself before, how do you feel having guitar lessons has affected your playing?

Having lessons is definitely the way forward.

What do you think about the music and activities you play in your guitar lessons? Have you learnt any songs that were by your favourite bands or artists?

Steve looks at what music I like and tries to give me something in that fits in with my music genre. He does note what I like and don’t like, so works with me on that.

What is your teacher like during your lessons and when you have to talk to them?

Steve is very patient with me, I believe that I am not the easiest person to teach but he puts things across in a way that I can understand.

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