Learn. Improve. Play
*Fully Qualified *Enhanced DBS checked *Over 10 years of teaching experience in Schools/Colleges
* Songs *Techniques *How To Improvise *Scales & Modes *Practise Schedules *Grades
Phil has been a music teacher and college lecturer for many years, offering guitar lessons, bass lessons, and performance mentoring .
Guitar & Bass lessons
My Guitar & Bass lessons include techniques and theory relevant to the songs and pieces that you want to learn. I use TAB, chord charts and standard music notation.
Each lesson is tailored to the abilities and goals of the individual student. For each style I ensure that students are competent in the basics, before moving on to learn the repertoire.
SETTING YOUR OWN GOALS
What would you like to achieve? Do you wish to study graded exams (acoustic, electric)? Are you a singer wanting to accompany yourself?
Are you a budding songwriter? Do you want to join a band? I can teach you how to play your favourite songs if you give me a list!
Music Theory lessons
My theory lesson content will depend on the needs of the pupil. We can cover music notation, sight-reading, aural, songwriting, general music theory, Grades through Rockschool RGT, Trinty etc....
I try to split each lesson between what you want to learn, and what you need to learn. If there is something in particular you are looking for, just ask..
I like to encourage 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.
Phil has been a lecturer at the Exeter Academy of Music and Sound for many years and also resident guitar teacher at Paignton Academy and recently finished a successful stint at the Avanti School in Exeter to concentrate on the private lessons at the new music studio.
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.
Q: Where are you Based?
A: I teach at my home studio in St Thomas/Redhills area of Exeter. There is a separate entrance from the house to the left of the front door (look for the sign). I also work from the Academy of Music & Sound in Exeter and the music department at Paignton Academy. Zoom/Skype lessons also available - all in HD with crystal clear audio.
Q Is there parking?
There is parking outside but I ask that you could get 2 wheels onto the pavemen (by the lamppost) t it helps my neighbours manoeuvre into their drive as the road is quite narrow.
Q: Can I sit with my child during there lessons?
For one-to-one and home tuition, certainly. For younger students, we would highly recommend this as by sitting in the lessons, you will likely be able to help them with their practice. Equally you can leave them with me for the allotted time and pick them up at the end.
Q: What ages do you teach?
I recommend 8+. I teach adults with no upper age limit. You’re never too old to start! I have found that younger students can also make good progress in a one-to-one setting, though would generally advise waiting unless they are very keen to start and able to concentrate well.
Q: What is your availability?
Phil runs a 36 week academic calendar. (Please ask for the calender if required) Lessons are payable in advance monthly via BACS following an initial assessment (priced at £30 per hour). Unfortunately I cannot offer weekend lessons as I am usually playing gigs and looking after family. Please contact or weekday availability.
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 £10 for 20 mins
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
Absence- please call or email Phil as soon as you know you are going to be absent from a session.
• If you are absent from a lesson, for example due to illness, then every effort will be made to fit in another lesson at a time to suit you.
• Should Phil be absent, again every effort will be made to fit in any sessions missed.
• Should you give less than 24 hours notice of any absence then rescheduling the lesson cannot be guaranteed.
• No refunds will be given unless in extreme or unforeseen circumstances.
Q: What equipment do I need?
A: A guitar although Phil has plenty if you're unable to bring one. (Current C-19 guidelines state all students need to bring their own instrument)
A USB stick so we can put handouts, small videos of demonstrations on and various other workbooks and exercises onto without the need for printing.
Everything else from leads, computers, amps etc 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 for your progress.
Q: COVID Safe?
Every effort has been made to reduce transmission. There is a separate entrance to the house, ventilated with windows open and hand sanitiser available to apply. You will need your own instrument plus teacher and student will be over a meter apart.
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. Do you do Gift Vouchers?
Yes! We make bespoke gift vouchers with will be emailed to you the pfd for you to print off and present to that lucky person - the perfect xmas/birthday present!
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.