Learn. Improve. Play

Phil has been a music teacher for many years, he also runs "The Working Musician" where he offers guitar lessons, vocal lessons and performance workshopping. 

All levels and grades with RGT/Rock School covered. Theory, Improvisation, Daily Practise Routine development. over 20 years experience touring and playing...

Because of his many different professional experiences in the music industry, Phil is able to offer insightful real-world advice that very few other instructors are able to give. Whether you're a complete beginner, an improving player, or perhaps an already gigging musician looking for some expert advice, Phil has the tools, tricks and experience to get help you you where you want to be quickly.


Phil's basic philosophy on teaching is rooted firmly around the enjoyment of playing. T

his approach is extremely effective and leads his students both simply and quickly towards improvement. There are no pre-set or generic study materials, every lesson is 100% tailor made for the individuals needs. Phil likes to encourage you the student to choose which topics/styles you'd like to learn, and will offer additional information (such as theory & techniques) that will broaden your knowledge and appreciation of music. All this ensures that you learn precisely what you want to learn, and helps you to become a confident guitar player or singer. Of course if you prefer you can leave all of the decisions up to Phil too!


Support is also available for anybody wanting to attain guitar Rockschool grades and for anybody undertaking vocational studies of music at School / College or University Phil has been a lecturer at the Exeter Academy of Music and Sound for many years teaching guitar techniques, music theory, performance workshops and music appreciation. Below are a few FAQ's that students often have before taking guitar lessons. If there's anything else you'd like to know, feel free to get in touch with Phil who will be more than happy to answer your questions. FAQ

The first 30 min consultation lesson is completely free, so why not give it a go? 

Q: What do you teach?

A: Whatever YOU want ! But If you have no idea then that's fine too. Phil will provide you with options and guidance throughout to help you reach your playing goals. 


Q: How much are guitar lessons?

A: Price is £30 per hour, £15 for 30 minutes

Skype lessons are discounted


Q: What equipment do I need? 

A: Just a guitar although Phil has plenty if you're unable to bring one. Everything else from leads, computers, amps Phil has for you to use. Phil also uses Guitar Pro for tabs, Transcribe software to slow down songs to a manageable speed and Logic Pro if you wanted to record anything of your progress.


Q: Do I need to be able to read music?

A: Absolutely not. Phil teaches students to play predominantly "by ear" meaning that they will have the ability to express their musical ideas instantly, and at all times without having to refer to any sheets. If however you would like to learn how to read music, then of course that is available too.


Q: How often do I need to have lessons?

A: For complete beginners and intermediate players, once a week is ideal. Every other week is also good. Once a month is really the lower limit for a beginner. This is because fewer than 1 monthly lesson may cause you to pick up bad playing habits that are hard to un-do., and also stunt your motivation.  


Q; What should I do if i want to know anything else?

A: Contact Phil via the contact form! He will be happy to give you any advice you need over the phone or via e-mail.