November 19, 2017

Instruments

Lessons are offered for guitar, lap steel, bass, mandola, mandolin, banjo, ukulele and cigar box guitar tuition, alongside classical / rock music theory, composition, music technology and demo recording. 

Students are welcome from across West Yorkshire, including Wakefield, Pontefract, Castleford, Ossett, Dewsbury, Barnsley, Huddersfield, and Leeds. Please contact if you wish to discuss learning from home.

Lessons cater for players of all ages and abilities, and cover styles to suit musical tastes: from rock to metal, jazz to blues, country to folk, indie to pop, funk to reggae, classical and more..

You can learn at your own pace whether it’s for fun, following accelerated learning, working towards grade exams, following GCSE and A-level courses, or if you need help with auditions.

Lessons are often based around learning songs which reflect students’ tastes, and which introduce new techniques to help development.

Tuition for passing grade exams is offered for Rockschool, RGTABRSM  and TRINITY syllabuses (exam centres located in Wakefield, Barnsley and Leeds). Students can complete grades on: electric rock/pop guitar; acoustic rock/pop guitar; classical guitar; ukulele; electric bass guitar; classical and rock/pop music theory.

Areas covered in guitar lessons include:

  • picking and fretting hand technique for general playing
  • lead guitar – riffs and scales / solo techniques / improvisation
  • rhythm guitar – open chords / barre chords / power chords / strumming techniques
  • fingerpicking and hybrid picking for classical / folk / blues and jazz styles
  • rock techniques – sweep picking / tapping / harmonics
  • theory, composition, demo recording and music production

Areas covered in bass lessons include:

  • fingerstyle and plectrum technique at beginner level and above
  • slap technique at intermediate level and above
  • fretting hand technique
  • bass lines using riffs (from scales), and following chord progressions
  • improvisation – how to play solos and fills
  • advanced techniques – chord playing / tapping / harmonics
  • theory, composition, demo recording and music production

Areas covered in ukulele lessons include:

  • learning famous songs in different styles
  • playing chords and strumming techniques
  • fingerstyle and plectrum techniques
  • how to use scales to play melodies and riffs

Areas covered in music theory lessons include:

  • exam preparation for ABRSM (classical), and Rockschool (rock/pop), syllabuses
  • exam preparation for grades 1 to 8
  • support for GCSE and A level music, coursework and exam preparation
  • general theory including: reading notation; scales and chords; composition and arranging

Areas covered in banjo lessons include:

  • 5 string technique using open G tuning
  • 4 string tenor banjo technique in C tuning or Irish G tuning
  • fingerstyle and plectrum technique
  • conventional banjo styles including: Bluegrass, Irish Folk, Trad. Jazz
  • how to play and adapt famous songs for the banjo

Areas covered in mandolin lessons include:

  • plectrum technique and developing picking fluency
  • playing chords and strumming technique
  • how to use scales to play melodies and riffs
  • playing in different styles
  • how to play and adapt famous songs for the mandolin

Areas covered in cigar box guitar lessons include:

  • standard GDG tuning plus alternate tunings
  • plectrum and fingerstyle technique
  • how to play notes with a slide
  • how to play effective blues progressions
  • how to use scales to play melodies and riffs
  • playing chords and strumming technique
  • how to play and adapt famous songs for cigar box guitar

Areas covered in lap steel lessons include:

  • different tunings including: C6 tuning for country and jazz; open G / D tunings for blues and roots
  • fingerstyle technique, including using thumb / finger picks
  • playing chords and single note melodies using a bar / slide
  • playing songs in different styles, including adapting famous songs for lap steel