Hi everyone. I hope the summer has been going well. I’ve had quite a few students continuing their lessons through the last couple of months but for anyone staying with the term format we’ll be starting back on the 12th of September. It looks like the coming year will be my busiest yet for teaching … Continue reading 12th September – New Term Start
I’ve had a few questions from parents over the past few weeks about what students should be practicing if they are taking a break from lessons in line with their school holidays. Practicing guitar is not like other school subjects. For young students, things like reading, writing and numeracy are skills that they will continue to … Continue reading What your guitarist child should be practicing over the summer holidays.
Thank you to all of my students and their parents for your support in 2014.
Today is due to be one of the busiest shopping days running up to Christmas so I thought I’d put together a list of 5 simple gifts you could give to a guitarist friend this year. Obviously they’d just love a shiny new American made Gibson or Fender guitar but lets stick within the realms … Continue reading The Top 5 Christmas Gifts for Your Guitarist Friend
A student of mine has recently been studying Adelita by Francisco Tárrega. I’ve recorded a video of this as a reference for them. Hopefully plenty of others will enjoy this too. I’ve tried to keep the phrasing clear on this version. I also have tried not to use much rubato in the phrasing as this … Continue reading Francisco Tárrega – Adelita
For the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend here’s some Irish music played on the Guitar that I’ve been working on recently with some of my students. There’s two tunes here, one slow and one quick. There’s ‘The Rakes of Kildare’ which is a Grade 6 RGT exam piece and before that ‘She Moved Through the Fair’. … Continue reading Something For The Weekend
A 17 year old saxophonist has won the first BBC Young Musician Jazz award. The BBC Young Musician contest was started in 1978 and has always had classical music categories for brass, keyboard, percussion, strings and woodwind. I was really happy last year to see a new Jazz category was to be added. I have … Continue reading BBC Young Jazz Musician 2014
Every month new deals will be offered on my Guitar Lessons. Details of these will appear on the Prices and Deals Page. This month the New Years Deal will be ending. Until the 28th of February 2014 any New Adult or Teenage Student (over age 12) who books 10 daytime lessons (before 4pm) can get them … Continue reading Don’t forget about the deals page
Guitar Technique There have been lots of books and articles written about “Technique” for the guitar. That is, the best way to actually hold and play the instrument in different situations. The best technique can be a bit of a personal thing and different players may have their own ways of doing things. In the … Continue reading Guitar Technique for Beginner Guitarists
From now until the end of February any New Adult or Teen Student who books 10 daytime lessons can get them for €165. That’s 25% off the regular price. So if you know someone who might be interested in taking up the guitar this might be a perfect time. I had mentioned here and on Facebook this morning that I would … Continue reading New Year Deal.