While it is true that some excellent famous guitarists have been self-taught, this is the exception, not the rule. Most of us need help to make sure that bad habits don’t get adopted, which if left unchecked can hold back your playing for the rest of your life. An experienced tutor can save you years of struggle, and help you to achieve your goals as quickly as possible.
Pete himself was given professional tuition by several tutors, studying Classical Guitar under Peter Rubie while still at school, and later taking lessons in Jazz Guitar from Martin Jackson.
Pete’s own qualifications include a 2.1 BA (Hons) Degree in Humanities with Music, and a Diploma in Music, both from the Open University, representing six years of part-time study. Pete has also gained an upper level pass in the Diploma of the London College of Music – Electric Guitar Performance (DipLCM).
If required, Pete offers entrance and coaching for the Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT) exams. These are graded from beginner up to Diploma level. They are awarded by the London College of Music, and certified by the University of West London. The exams are fully accredited by Ofqual, and UCAS points are available for grades 6, 7 and 8. RGT exams are available for Electric, Acoustic, Bass, Classical and Rock Guitar style. Pete is also an examiner for the RGT, so is in a perfect position to coach and prepare candidates for their exams and performance awards.
Individually planned lessons
- One-to-one lessons are tailored to the individual student’s needs.
- Printed handouts are given from Pete’s huge collection, built up over many years. Clear diagrams are used to display scales, chords and arpeggios.
- Songs and instrumentals are provided using chord charts, tablature and traditional musical stave notation. Sight-reading can be taught if required.
- Pete’s extremely varied collection of specially-arranged example songs date from early 20th Century Blues, right up to date, and pretty much everything in between.
Correct and appropriate instruction in relevant musical theory is essential for today’s complete musician. Pete is knowledgable, qualified and experienced enough to provide this.
Pete’s intensive study of the history of music enables him to add interesting details to lessons, putting example pieces into their proper historical context, and demonstrating the development of different musical genres and playing techniques.
Audio-visual aids are an important part of each lesson, from original sound recordings and backing tracks, to videos, and even musical computer software.