Learning how to play classical guitar has been an amazing journey and one of the best things in my life. I always wanted to learn how to play the guitar and excel at it no matter what. This led me to start learning the guitar with determination and passion. I was driven and studied rigorously in structured and organised way. This same passion and drive are also what drives me today too in my teaching.
After 10 years of experience in teaching and performing, I still think that learning in a structured and organised way is the best and most engaging way to learn how to play an instrument.
The classical approach gives us the possibility to learn music on several levels. First of all, it is extremely fun! Every lesson is an opportunity to learn new techniques or details about any kind of music. It can be challenging sometimes but the feeling that you get when you complete a task is incomparable to any other feelings. The lessons are always done in a fun and enjoyable way and tailored to the needs of every student.
The many years of experience with this instrument and my Master degree in performance gave me the opportunity to learn and understand the movement of our body when we play an instrument, how to find a good posture and the best way to avoid bad habits. These are all things that I like to teach my students too.
Learning how to read music is probable the most challenging part! However, practicing on your guitar regularly and learning how to read music is the best way to memorise and be able to know and understand all the information to play a piece.
Whether you’re a complete beginner, an advanced player or anywhere in between; whether it is your child’s first encounter with music or for your own leisure pursuits, I am able to cater for all levels and ages.
The first trial lesson is free and it’s an opportunity for us to talk about your guitar lesson goals and aims, look over the course materials and get you started.
What to expect from the lesson?
You can expect the lessons to be fun, productive and tailored to your needs from a qualified teacher. I would advise to have a lesson once a week to help you progress constantly. We will start learning to read the pentagram notes, doing fingers exercises and practice pieces from the first lesson.
I will provide you with lots of resources which will be available on my website and we will share a folder on Google Drive where I will save all the materials that we cover during the lesson. In addition, Music Theory and Music History would be part of the lessons, if you are interested in this topic too, especially if you are planning to take exams.
The most important element is for you to enjoy the lessons and make the most of the time you have with me. You will be able to have fun learning famous songs form the traditional to the latest composition.
How to plan your learning
Whether you are a beginner or advanced professional, it is very important that you practice between the lessons. Having a regular schedule is very important and helps to make the whole process easy and enjoyable. This is crucial, especially if you’re thinking to take music exams. I can help you put a plan together and work out what is the best solution for you.
If you already know how to play guitar but you want to improve your skills, we can decide a program that suits your needs. From the baroque to contemporary music, or any kind of exams or auditions, we can tackle any repertoire that you are interested in.
Frequently asked questions:
What guitar styles do you teach?
I teach classical guitar with some exception in modern music finger style.
I’m a beginner, how can I know if classical guitar suites for me?
If you are a beginner, my lessons will help you develop a good technique and knowledge about the classical guitar and other kind of music. This will give you the possibility to find out what you are more interested in and develop a good base knowledge even if you later decide to change teacher that teaches a specific genre not cover by me.
I’m an adult that has a busy schedule, do you think I can learn guitar?
Yes, absolutely! In terms of lessons, I will discuss which days and times are more convenient for you and accommodate where I can. I would encourage you to also practice in between the lessons and I will help you to plan your practice between the lesson. Regularly practice is the key word to achieve your goal!
My child wants to learn how to play the guitar, how can I know if this is the right course?
I have been teaching young students for more than 10 years. During this time, I developed specific techniques, games, materials and songs that meet the needs of my youngest students. The students learn how to play guitar, read music, play famous songs, learn rhythms and do a lot of composing and improvisation exercises.
Do you teach all styles?
No. I teach acoustic fingerstyle and classical guitar.
I don’t read music; can I learn how to play the guitar anyway?
Yes. I believe learning how to read music is a great tool to learn how to play an instrument and helps you with the exercises and pieces. So, if you are interested, we can begin the lessons with learning how to read music from the basics and you will be able to improve gradually until you will be able to read music by yourself.
What extra benefits do you offer your students?
A lot of benefits are on offer for my students. As a student you will get discounts for
my books, free materials, advice for your music journey (which guitar to buy, other books, exams etc). With a small annual fee, you can also join to the students’ area on my website where you can find more exercises, videos, audio records, suggested guitar performance videos and more.
What age and levels of students do you enjoy teaching?
I teach students from early age (4-5) to all adults of all ages.
How much practice time should I do each day?
This is really personal and can change for every student. It depends on your age, if you are learning the guitar as a hobby or if you are experienced and want to play guitar as a profession. In general, if you’re learning guitar as a hobby, I would recommend 30 minutes per day. For those who want to be guitar professionals or take guitar exams, then I would recommend more time and effort. Make sure that you are focused when you practice, this may be challenging at the start but it is something that you will be able to develop during the lessons.
Can I pay for my lessons monthly?
Yes, you can. Once you decided to sign up for lessons, we can discuss about payments policy. You can choose to pay after each lesson, within 48 hours, or a monthly payment.
What is your cancellation policy?
If you cannot make a lesson, you will need to let me know 24 hours before the lesson is due to start. You can decide to cancel or reschedule the lesson. Any cancellations done less than 24 hours will be charged at full price.