September 21, 2018

Lessons

Location and Tutor

Face to face guitar, bass and ukulele lessons are offered to people of all ages and abilities across West Yorkshire including: Wakefield; Pontefract; Castleford; Ossett; Dewsbury; Barnsley; Huddersfield; and Leeds. Remote lessons are offered via Skype if students find travel difficult, and there is also the possibility of learning from home (please contact for more details).

Coda Guitar is run by a fully DBS checked professional tutor with over 20 years teaching, and 35 years playing experience. During this time he has worked as a private music tutor in West Yorkshire, alongside working for schools, colleges and music services across the region (see the Tutor page for more information).

Lessons are held at a convenient WF1 location in Wakefield with free parking and easy access to bus services. A dedicated music room is used for tuition, with practise amps, music players, spare instruments, free WiFi access, and all other necessary equipment provided. One to one lessons are usually offered although group lessons can be arranged on request.

Lesson Content

Lessons are always tailored to suit individual students’ tastes, and cover styles from: rock to metal; jazz to blues; country to folk; indie to pop; funk to reggae; classical and more. Whether you’re looking to learn for fun, pass grade exams or need help with GCSE or A-level courses, lessons are structured around your requirements, and held in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Lessons are generally based around learning songs. Songs are suggested to suit preferred musical styles and are introduced in a developmental way so that new techniques and increased levels of difficulty help improve playing. Student requests are welcomed and you can choose to learn from a large library of guitar music (song tabs – tablature), and new songs can be sourced online or transcribed by ear.

Useful techniques and musical concepts are also introduced in lessons alongside songs, to help develop both playing and musical experience. These can range from:

  • developing improvising and soloing skills
  • exercises to help learn new instrumental techniques
  • developing knowledge of scales and chords
  • useful theory information to accompany songs and styles
  • developing song writing and performance skills
  • demo recording and developing music production skills

Instruments and Home Practice

Other instruments taught alongside guitar, bass and ukulele include: banjo; mandolin; mandola; lap steel; and cigar box guitar tuition (please see the Instruments page for more details).

All students receiving face to face lessons gain free access to http://www.codaguitar.com/ which is a video tuition site (please see the Video page for more details). Students are also given access to useful home practice tools, including audio playalong and backing tracks which accompany songs learnt in face to face lessons.