Category Archives: Instruments

guitar

electric-guitarThe guitar – in one form or another – is easily the most popular instrument of the last sixty years, and with its versatility and iconic image it seems likely to remain so for the foreseeable future.

If you don’t already have a guitar, but that is what you want to play, then contact me for advice before you buy the wrong thing for you. I can take you from the Rock and Roll of Hank Marvin or Chuck Berry though the acoustic or electric blues to modern Indie, Rock or Heavy Metal.

If your style is more laid back, try a bit of Classical such as John Williams’s Deer Hunter theme, or perhaps a bit of Jazz such as Errol Garner’s Misty. For those who want them, Trinity Guildhall provide an exam syllabus for Classical or Plectrum Guitar.

I can equally well provide lessons in Bass Guitar, and see also the Fretted Instrument page.

acoustic-guitarWhatever your taste, rest assured that my teaching is more efficient than any cheap (and I mean cheap!) DVD or internet course on the market, taking you further, faster, and with a more solid grounding than any “Teach Yourself” method can possibly provide. To find out more fill in the form on the contact me page, or give me a ring direct on 01277 656741.

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keyboard

keyboardFrom the funky organ of Booker T’s “Green Onions” to the tinkling ivories of Oscar Peterson. From the demonic howl of Vincent Crane on Arthur Brown’s “Fire” to the synthesized washes of Snow Patrol. From the delicate harpsichord of Bach, the liquid runs of Chopin to the soaring Moog of Rick Wakeman. Keyboards are an integral part of every music scene imaginable, and with the advances in technology behind the Home Keyboard nothing is more satisfying for the solitary student than the keyboard. More than any other instrument, the keyboard can create its own self-contained world.

My digital piano has a wooden key, fully touch sensitive, hammer-action keyboard of the type now adopted in the finest music colleges throughout the world, and which exceeds the specifications for ABRSM exam centres. Combining its excellent grand piano sound with its perfect tuning stability makes it a delight to play for any student. If grand piano is not for you, then at the press of a button you can move to electric piano or Hammond organ for even more possibilities not available to the acoustic piano.
All my digital pianos, keyboards and synthesizers are of professional quality, and available for student use.
The Home Keyboard, with its wealth of built-in backgrounds, is immediately appealing to both children and adults for its simplicity and completeness, and provides an ideal entry to the world of keyboards. Very young children can play with just one finger in the left hand and be encouraged that they are playing real music, while older students and adults can appreciate the versatility of the solo piano.

The Piano is also rightly the instrument of choice for songwriters and composers, its simple logical layout allowing connections to be explored between background and melody, and theory of music is much easier to see and understand, making a basic knowledge of the keyboard a must for GCSE. Whether you want to beef up or take charge of your school band, or just play at home for yourself, go to the Contact Me page, or ring me directly on 01277 656741.

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drumsdrums

Show me a kid who never wants to bash hell out of a drumkit!

The size, power and glittering chrome of the drumkit is a temptation to the child in all of us, yet the subtleties of style and technique in taming this monster into a real musical instrument are capable of satisfying the most discerning musician. The Drummer is the spectacular but unsung hero in many a famous band; everyone forgets his\her name, everyone forgets his\her face because you can’t see past all the glitter, yet no-one can forget his\her presence.

The Drummer lays the foundation of all popular music, be it Rock, Jazz, Folk (often a session player on the album rather than live) or easy listening. Music without The Drummer is almost inconceivable.

It appears easy to sit there just hitting things, but any real musician will tell you that co-ordinating two hand AND two feet at the same time is not as easy as all that, and that’s where I come in. With a wealth of experience and carefully graded exercises from me, as soon as a student is big enough to reach the kit they can begin to learn the drums.

My teaching studio contains a full set of acoustic and electronic drums. In addition to the usual tambourines and shakers I can also offer instruction on the Bodhran (Irish Drum) and the Cajon for those with less orthodox tastes.

If organised chaos is your thing, go to the Contact Me page, or ring me direct on 01277 656741.

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woodwindwoodwind

Wherever they go, Woodwinds can attract attention like no other instrument. Who can forget the beauty of Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet or the vibrancy of Benny Goodman’s Jazz band? How about Ian Anderson’s iconic one legged Flute playing for Jethro Tull? Or Rafael Ravenscroft’s unforgettable Sax break on Baker Street?

Woodwinds provide one of the cheapest and easiest introductions to the world of music via the Recorder or Irish (tin or Penny) Whistle, but despite their apparently humble nature, they are often taken to professional level, particularly in Folk Music. A good teacher is essential in moving from the basic nursery rhymes of infant school lessons to more substantial repertoire, and that’s my job.

Using graded studies and repertoire I can build up breath control and lung power while improving finger dexterity for more complex and satisfying music.

The lung power required makes the saxophone difficult for youngsters, but the Flute or Clarinet is no problem at Junior school age. Exam syllabi favour either Jazz or Classical in all woodwinds, and it is your choice what you do, but I recommend a mixture of the two to provide a broad foundation that can be applied to any form of music which attracts you. The more complicated Woodwind instruments (Flute/Clarinet/Saxophone) tend to be expensive to buy, but you must have an instrument to practise on.

All woodwinds have a big advantage in that your fingers mostly stay over the keys, so it becomes very easy to find your way about the notes. It only remains to strengthen your lip (embouchure) and build up your lungs.

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