FAQs (prices and more info)

How much are lessons?
Individual tuition is £18 for a half hour, £24 for 45-minutes or £30 for one hour.

What if I can't make a lesson?
If you miss or cancel a lesson with less than 24 hours notice then you will be charged for the lesson. We will make every effort to rearrange lessons to a convenient time otherwise.

What guitar should I buy?
Please don't buy the cheapest guitar you find online!
They tend to be much harder to play and will hinder your progress - especially if you're a novice. Please talk to me before you buy or click here for more advice. I have guitars you can borrow during your lesson (at no extra charge) and I can show you what's important and what's not. You can also rent one of my guitars before you invest in your own.

How does recording my lesson to video work?
Usually I will record a few short clips of me playing sections slowly for you to take home and help you practise. You will need a USB memory stick or card to copy the video clips. Student lessons won't be shared online. Below are some links to some mp4 (video files) stored online on 'Dropbox' to give you a sample of a video clip:
Open strumming chords video
Pentatonic riff video
Tapping link video

Can I join a group lesson?

Unfortunately the answer will probably be no. There are very few enquiries for group lessons so we cannot usually offer group lessons to someone who wants to join a class. If you have a friend you want to learn with then of course please do send an enquiry.  

Do I have to learn read music?
We use guitar TAB and standard music notation to teach.
We encourage students to at least learn to read rhythms.
Learning to read music has huge benefits and like most new skills is difficult at first.
Learning to play by ear also has advantages. Your playing is more natural and although slower to learn you will remember it more easily.

I'm mostly self taught but would like to learn to read music and theory. Can you help? 
Absolutely. Reading music is a difficult skill and there are challenges on the guitar that can appear confusing. We understand all the relevant theory and harmony you need so you can really progress as a musician.

I just want to learn for fun and strum along to my favourite songs. Is that OK?
Yes, as you learn any new song you're very likely to learn techniques (strumming, picking, timing, chord theory) so although you're just learning a song you'll get some transferable skills too.

I want to learn to play in a band..
No problem. We can focus lessons on learning songs and playing along to backing tracks and how to get the most from a band practice.

I'd like to get some grades..
The Rock School syllabus has grades 1-8 for electric and new steel string acoustic syllabus for 2016.
For classical guitar you can use Trinity or the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).
The Registry of Guitar Tutors (RGT) has exams for electric, acoustic and classical guitar.

Do I need to practise?
Yes. Without regular practice lessons are mostly a waste of time and money. Students should be prepared to practise at least 20 mins a day.

Do I have to come every week?
Most students have a 30 minute lesson once a week, some every 2 weeks, some whenever they are free or motivated. We can usually be flexible with times if you cannot commit to a regular slot. Regular lessons are usually more productive unless you are very self-motivated.

Do I need my own guitar?
It's best to bring your own guitar to lessons. We can check it is in tune and good working order. You are welcome to borrow a guitar for the lesson though or we have some guitars available for rent from just £5 per week.

Do I need to bring an amplifier?
No, we have guitar amps, leads, plectrums, fx pedals, music stands, paper, pens all of which you can use during your lesson.

Do you recommend any book? See our page on Recommended books

Is there parking nearby?
All the surrounding side streets have no parking restrictions. Moorland road (the main road around the corner with shops on) has a limit of 1-hour during the day (8am to 6pm). It can be busy during the day so you leave a few extra minutes in case you need to drive round the block a couple of times.

How do I know the lessons will be any good?

If you're unhappy or unsure about anything in the lessons then please let your teacher know. We are here to help you learn and understand that music can be difficult for lots of reasons. We set clear goals, and explain why we are learning certain techniques and topics. We then apply what you've learnt by playing along to tracks.
If you're genuinely not happy with your lesson and we can't put it right then you don't have to pay!

I still have a question........
Please contact us and we can answer any other queries:

Email: info@guitar-lessons-bath.co.uk
Telephone: 07813 66 59 41