Guitar Lessons in the Morden area
Hello! I am an experienced guitar tutor offering private lessons from my home studio close to Raynes Park, Morden, Sutton & Wimbledon – see map.
- Teaching for over 10 years.
- Beginners to advanced. Children and adults.
- Collected and written a huge amount of resources for guitar (view the song list).
- Happy to work out songs on request.
- Also teach bass guitar, ukulele, mandolin, songwriting and music production.
What genres do you teach?
Many of my pupils choose the rock/pop route, but classical, folk, blues styles can all be taught to at least an intermediate level. I’ve also taught slide guitar techniques, beginner flamenco or jazz, songwriting, music production, mandolin, bass guitar and ukulele!
What songs do you teach?
I have a folder and bookcase full of over 300 song sheets that I can give you. Many of the songs I have arranged, or edited myself. (You can view the complete list here – they are currently sorted by genre. You can also download the full spreadsheet to view in Excel.)
Also, I often work out songs on request and really enjoy playing pupil-requested tunes that I wouldn’t have otherwise have played. I’ve discovered a lot of great songs that way! I’ve also got over 30 tutorial sheets that I have edited or created myself.
Do you teach absolute beginners?
Yes! With beginners, I’m a great believer in getting to the point where you can play something that your ear recognises as fast as possible, even if it’s just a song that uses two chords (yes, there are some out there)!
We might start with just two chords, have a go at some strumming patterns (rhythm is how the song comes alive!) and perhaps have a go at a simple single string melody/riff too.
With children, I recommend the book “Guitar Basics” by Nick Walker and James Longworth – although I always have spare copies, so there’s no need to purchase the book in advance.
I don’t have a guitar. Do I need one? What should I buy?
You are welcome to borrow a guitar of mine for the lessons at any time. However, you wouldn’t be able to take it home to practice, so wouldn’t get good value from the lessons. It could make sense to try a single lesson first to see what it’s like, and then purchase the guitar afterwards. I also don’t have any children’s sized guitars, but we could often use a small-bodied full size one, or even just play a ukulele.
Once you are ready to buy a guitar, feel free to chat with me about what you would like. If you are a beginner, you can see some suggestions on guitars you might want to purchase here.
Can I buy lessons as a gift for someone else?
Yes, I can take payment online and send you a receipt and voucher through the post. The voucher is a nice thing to put in a birthday/christmas card to be opened on the day. You can purchase any number of lessons – a single lesson, right through to the ‘9 for price of 8’ package. There would be no commitment to continue after the lessons are taken.
What age should you start? Is my child too young?
There is no definitive answer to this, but I would recommend being at least six. Even then, it can be a hard going initially. But sometimes I’ve had five years olds get on surprisingly well.
I have sometimes started younger pupils on ukulele and then graduated to guitar. A lot of chord shapes are the same on a ukulele and there is a good crossover, much in the same way recorders lead well to the flute (although ukulele sound infinitely better than recorders in my opinion!)
We could also start by not playing the guitar/ukulele for the whole lesson. There are various games we can play with rhythm and clapping, and we can try singing songs also.
I am recently DBS checked – please ask to see this if required.
Do you teach grade exams?
I am an RGT registered tutor who can guide you through the various grade examinations that RGT offer in acoustic, classical, rock, electric or jazz guitar (accredited by Thames Valley University). I have put pupils collectively through 30+ exams now, and all pupils have passed with either merit or distinction. The RGT syllabus is very well balanced – a strong emphasis on creativity and playing by ear, but also some great well-known songs to perform too.
I have some experience with Rock School exams as well. If you have already done some of these exams with another tutor, I could continue those with you if you prefered.
Do I have to learn music theory? Can I just learn songs?
I’m happy to do whatever you like. I think I’m probably more flexible than most tutors!
It all depends on the type of guitarist you want to be. It’s not initially important to be able to read music notation, but then if you don’t read TAB either it becomes rather hard to remember your whole repertoire. However, some guitarists have a strong ear which is an excellent way to play.
It’s about balancing the amount of music theory that you need – I think it’s important to have a good grasp of what you’re doing and why it works as you’re playing, but too many tutors go too far with this.
Can you do home visits? Would you come to me for lessons?
I’m afraid I’m just too busy to travel to lessons at the moment.
If you would prefer someone to come to your own home, or even looking for lessons in a different part of London, there are colleagues of mine that I could put you in touch with. I work with a group of tutors over at London Guitar Lessons. Just get in touch with me on this site and I can get you something booked in.
Can I drive, and park nearby? Can I get the bus?
There is car park with 16 spaces right next to the entrance to my flat. It does have a sign saying “residential parking only” but please do park in there if there is reasonable space. Otherwise, on street parking is free anyway.
Buses numbered 163, 413 and 293 regularly stop just on the main road – a 30 seconds walk away. These buses mean it is a very short journey from Raynes Park and Morden, but easy reach from Wimbledon as well. It is an estimated 10 minute walk from the 93 bus stop on Epsom Road.
GUITAR PUPIL CONCERT
Every year, I put on a concert for all my pupils of primary or secondary school age. This works well, as it can be something to work towards, as well as a lot of fun on the day.
For adults, I have also put together a group of pupils that have played at a local open mic night. It was similar in that it’s always good to have something to work towards – but on this occasion there was a lot more beer involved!
- £38 for 60 minute lesson
- £30 for 45 minute lesson
- £22 for 30 minute lesson
If you pay for a batch of 8 lessons, you receive the 9th lessons free.
There is a further discount for lessons between the hours of 10am to 1pm (Monday to Friday).
Issy, 9 yr old