It really does not matter if you've never picked up a guitar before, or what age you are, you just need to enthusiastic about learning to play
I've drawn on all my expertise and experience to ensure you make maximum progress in the shortest possible time and I would be delighted if you now take your first steps towards mastering this wonderful instrument using some of my favourite simple pieces.My aim at the end of this course is for you to perform some or all of the music you have learned to family and friends
Let me take you through the course.
We begin by learning to play Parts 1 and 2 of Malaguena,. exciting music from Spain.
We then take a look at technique, I'm sure you want to play at an advanced standard so this a is really important lesson.
Next comes a simplified version of Cascade which is romantic in style and introduces you to a right hand finger pattern called an arpeggio.
And then 3 descriptive very pieces, The Spider, In the Garden and Playtime.
Numerous scientific studies have proved that playing an instrument has huge benefits and enhances general educational learning as well as being incredibly enriching, not only that but playing the guitar is a great way for you to make new friends.
You don't even have to read music to take this course. In addition to all the video lessons, every piece of music you will be playing is writtenout in very easy to understand TAB form as well as standard music notation for those of you who can already sight read.
I've also written course notes to complement the video lectures.
I absolutely believe learning has to be fun and I look forward to you joining me on this enjoyable and adventurous journey.
I've called upon my 35 years experience as a guitar teacher to create the DISCOVER CLASSICAL GUITAR and FINGERSTYLE BLUES GUITAR MADE EASY courses. I believe that that fastest progress is made by presenting students with a structured progression of varied and exciting music.
I'm as passionate as ever about teaching guitar, I find it wonderfully rewarding to witness the joy, enthusiasm and sense of achievement that learning this instrument brings.
Since studying the classical guitar under Antonio Albeniz at the Guildhall School of Music I have taught the instrument, on a one to one basis to thousands of students. mainly in a number of Kent schools, but also to many adults, some well into their 70's.
My students have played in countless concerts as soloists or within ensembles and many have chosen to perform on the classical guitar as part of their GCSE and A level recitals with some choosing to study music in further education using the classical guitar as their primary instrument.
I am the Musical Director of the Ashford Guitar Ensemble and Verano Guitar Quartet, both of which have gained National and International recognition. have reached the finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth on 15 occasions since 1986 and been invited to perform at the Schools Proms at the Royal Albert Hall five times. In November (2016) my Verano Quartet plus Emmanuel on Violin - brought the house down at the Royal Albert Hall with their performance of 'Irish Washerwoman'.
I have enjoyed leading concert tours to Europe and USA and I have also been appointed to the post of Music Director of Guitar at a number of Music Summer Schools.
Another great pleasure has been to host master classes for my students with some of the world's finest guitarists including Craig Ogden, Gary Ryan and Juan Martin.
I believe music is for EVERYONE, not just those with natural ability, the important thing is to simply enjoy playing the guitar whatever your level and whatever your aspirations.
I like to think that my experience and love of music comes across in every lesson and truly believe that although you may never have picked up a guitar, with a little application you will be amazed at what you can achieve.