Do I need my own guitar?
Yes, you really need your own guitar. You are welcome to use one of our guitars when you come for your first lesson, but you really need your own guitar to let you practice at home all that you learn in the lessons.
What’s better – Acoustic or Electric guitar for beginners?
For beginners I would recommend an acoustic guitar since it is the simplest to play and maintain. You can also learn on an electric guitar but remember you will also need an amplifier and somewhere to plug in when you practice.
Do I need to be able to read music?
No. You don’t need to be able to read music notation. In fact you don’t need to know anything about music. The great thing about the guitar is that you can start playing without knowing any music theory at all.
How young or old do I have to be?
I am happy to teach children from 8 years old and upward. Children younger than 8 usually don’t have enough strength in their hands to press the strings on a guitar properly, but as always there are exceptions. How old? – You’re never too old to learn something new! All you need is the desire to learn and that will be enough.
How long are the lessons?
Lessons for beginners are usually a half hour long. Intermediate and advanced players may book an hour long lesson if they wish.
Do I need to buy books or other material?
All lesson sheets, pamphlets and any CD’s where needed are provided. You do not need to buy anything extra. The only exception to this is if you wish to take the RGT grade exams in which case you will need to buy the official work books.
What Do I Bring To Lessons?
In most cases you only need bring your guitar and lesson material. You are also free to use one of our guitars at a lesson, but most prefer to use their own guitar as they are more comfortable with it. If you have an electric guitar you don’t need to bring your amplifier or leads. Amplification, leads and basic effects are provided.
How do I pay?
Lessons are paid for in advance. Usually one lesson at a time in advance or monthly in advance. Payment can be made by cash or cheque. Discounts are offered where 10 or more lessons are booked and paid for in adavnce.
What If I Need To Cancel A Lesson?
Cancellations should be made at least 24 hours in advance. This allows me time to fill the vacant slot from my waiting list. Cancellations that are made in less than 24 hours will have to forfeit that lesson fee as it is unlikely I will be able to fill the slot at such short notice.
If I have to cancel a lesson, I will try and give you as much notice as possible. In this case any payments already made will be carried to the next available slot and you will not lose your payment.