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Lesson Availability: w/c 18th March 2019

Last week was really enjoyable – I spent most of the week flitting between teaching students at home, and nipping over to Christ Church in Skipton to support those of my students who were performing at Skipton Music Festival. I find the festival an excellent opportunity to learn – not just for my students but for me too. I feel… Read more »

Lesson Availability: w/c 25th Feb 2019

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This week it’s half term holidays for Skipton schools, so my schedule gets a little quieter while students get themselves off on holidays and visiting their families etc. If you are staying around in Skipton, though, here’s a list of the lessons slots available this week should you wish to squeeze a lesson in: Tues 26th Feb 13:00 (30 mins)… Read more »

Guitar Tuning

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When I first started playing guitar as a child then as a teenager, there was really only one way to tune up: with pitch pipes. I had some really cheap ones that looked like this: Of course, things are much easier now that digital tuners are cheap and easily accessible. I tend to use one on my mobile phone, but… Read more »

ABRSM Spring Closing

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The closing date to enter for ABRSM’s spring exams (period 4 Mar – 6 Apr) is this Friday. So, if you want to enter an instrumental practical exam, now is the time to get your entry in. Remember, if you are a new candidate, you will first need to register with their website, and this can take a day or… Read more »

Christmas Period – Music Lessons

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My service will be CLOSED through the whole of Christmas week, with lessons restarting on Wednesday 2nd January. Slots are filling up really quickly for the first few weeks of January but, as usual, I will post here on my blog where there is availability, should you wish to fit a lesson in. I teach the following instruments / disciplines,… Read more »

Available Lesson Slots: w/c 10 Dec 2018

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Most of this week is booked up, but I just have a couple of free slots should anyone want to sneak in a session: Thursday 13th December, 10:30 or 11:00 Saturday 15th December, 10:00 or 11:00 These can be booked by existing or new students, as part of regular lessons or as one off sessions.  Get in touch if you… Read more »

ABRSM Guitar Syllabus from 2019

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Last week I received in the post my copy of the ABRSM syllabus for (classical) guitar – a little booklet outlining everything candidates and teachers need to know about guitar exams for this board from 2019 onward. In truth, very little has changed on the guitar specification from previous years: all the exercises (scales, arpeggios etc.), sight reading and aural… Read more »

Experimenting with guitar

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Learning and enjoying music doesn’t always have to be about structured lessons, or even be ‘taught’ as such. This weekend I set my son’s little guitar up with an open E major tuning (E B E G# B E) and gave it to him to play with.  I offered absolutely no instruction, but simply handed him the instrument and a… Read more »