November 14, 2018

Learn a song

Most people are inspired to learn an instrument because of the music they listen to, or because they saw a great band play live.

Whatever style a student is into, or whatever level their playing is at, they usually find it most enjoyable to play music they know. The aim is for students to enjoy playing since they will develop more quickly due to practising more regularly, and will continue playing for longer while they find it interesting.

Lessons are based around learning songs as much as possible. Songs are taken from styles which suit students’ tastes and are introduced in a developmental way so that new techniques and increased levels of difficulty improve playing.

Sometimes exercises are covered to support techniques used in songs, and theory elements introduced to help explain songs and increase musical understanding.


Tuition is offered to help students pass grade exams in guitar and bass.

Which type of exam to take often depends on the preferred playing style of students, and which they feel will be the most interesting and beneficial syllabus to follow.

Rockschool: tuition is offered for electric guitar and bass exams

RGT: tuition is offered for electric and acoustic guitar, and electric bass exams

ABRSM: tuition is offered for classical guitar exams

As well as helping to gauge progress and development, grades can help when studying music at higher levels. Grades 3, 4 and 5 are equivalent to the performance level needed when studying GCSE music, and grades 5 – 8 are equivalent to AS, A2 and BTEC (FE), performance standards. Extra marks can even be gained when playing grade pieces for performances. When applying for courses at degree level (HE), grades 6 – 8 also count towards UCAS points and are added to points gained from A2 level and BTEC qualifications.

Free video lessons

All students receiving face to face lessons are given free access to

Coda Guitar offers online video lessons in electric and acoustic playing styles and contains both technique and song lessons. Coda Guitar’s approach to tuition is based around the Rockschool grade syllabus where students learn through playing soundalike songs in different styles at different learning levels.

Each song lessons offers downloadable scores, diagrams and audio backing tracks, to be used alongside the video which is split into easy to view chapters.

New content will be added throughout 2011 by both Sion Littledyke and new guitar tutors. Watch this space for more details and you can find us on Facebook or view our blog for up to date information.

We aim to include commercial song lessons covering some of the most popular tracks from this century and last, and work is also underway on a bass guitar version of the site.

GCSE and A level support

Support for GCSE, A-level and BTEC courses normally involves preparation for practical exam performances. Tuition is offered for both individual and group peformance exams.

Theory tuition is also offered in support of listening and harmony exams.

Composition and recording

Lessons can focus on how to compose using scales and chords, how to write for different instruments and how to structure arrangements.

Areas covered also include:

  • composing in different styles
  • how different chords and scales create different moods
  • layering music and using different instruments
  • writing music for film, documentary etc.

Demo recording facilities are available for students to produce their own compositions. Tuition is also offered in recording techniques, mixing and production. Tuition is generally given using Cubase, although Logic Pro can also be covered on request.


Useful and practical aspects of music theory are introduced in lessons to support songs and general playing.

On request support can be provided for students wishing to pass theory exams such as those from ABRSM

Areas of theory which can be covered in lessons include:

  • sight reading
  • ear training / development of listening skills
  • understanding time signatures, key signatures and other rudiments
  • chords and constructing sequences
  • scales and harmonisation
  • modes
  • key changes and jazz theory