I’m located in Worthing in West Sussex and have a purposefully equipped room in my house that is dedicated solely to music (and the occasional pile of washing!). There is plenty of free parking outside on a quiet, easy to find cul-de-sac.
I teach ELECTRIC, ACOUSTIC and FINGERSTYLE guitar lessons from beginner level right up to advanced, in a variety of styles.
1 hour lesson – £30
½ hour lesson – £15
Normally one hour lessons are the standard and most beneficial learning time. Half an hour is good to start while you evaluate if guitar is for you (or I am your most suitable tutor) but half an hour is not a good ongoing time to learn new things as it is over before you know it.
I do my best to ensure that complete beginners are comfortable with my style of teaching. Any age, any standard, from any background. I have two children (almost adults) and have taught many children over the years, so I am fully aware of the range of abilities and concentration levels.
“I started lessons with Dave as a complete beginner, expecting months of scales and theory practice. Right from the start, though, Dave asked what style of music I wanted to learn and gave me exercises based on songs that I chose. Before long I was playing them right through.
Dave is patient and skilful with a great sense of humour and loads of experience.. He will customise lessons for each student, whatever your level.”Colin : : beginner level [adult]
If you are a child learning a first instrument, parents often like to sit in. That should be a calming influence for you to feel more at ease. It’s also good for me to know that a parent can assess their child’s progression. Often I have taught children under 10 who have then forgotten about playing for several years, only to come back and re-learn. It’s amazing how quickly they pick it up again!
You teenagers picking up guitar after you’ve been inspired by your favourite band often provide me with the widest range of genres to choose. I enjoy finding some of the newer music and breaking it down to show you how to play it. Ultimately the styles have been around since your grandparents were cool, so I’ll have played the same way on more than one occasion!
“I started lessons with Dave as a complete beginner, expecting months of scales and theory practice. Right from the start, though, Dave asked what style of music I wanted to learn and gave me exercises based on songs that I chose. Before long I was playing them right through.Will : : beginner level [teenager]
Adults returning to music after many years away generally like the music that influenced me in some way, as you’ll see from my live videos. Sometimes the bigger challenge for older folk is the technology we use for the learning process but we’ll work it out, there’s always a way. If Robert Johnson could do it 100 years ago, we can do it!
For everyone, the process will be on your terms and at your pace. First lesson is usually a nervous start, it’s natural. We will talk about what you like, where you want to go with it and then get straight down to it. Over the coming weeks and months you’ll develop skills and probably find your own niche. There is no correct way to learn and no correct style. You’re all individual, stay that way!
Online lessons are currently the way to go as we plough through this difficult time. I lost all of my touring work to C*****Virus (I can’t even say it!) so some lessons are available in the virtual world . Click here to book an online lesson.