Happy New Year! If you’re interested in guitar lessons email me, because I’m looking at taking on 1 or 2 new students. I live in central Salisbury but can come to you if that suits, and I’ll get you playing the music you want to play.
I’ve now got a profile on Soundcloud where you can listen to some of my recordings — just some fairly old South American guitar recordings at the moment — along with some lo-fi phone recordings of the accompanying part from a few duets, so that a student can play along doing the melody part. I’ve put up Faure’s Pavane, the Beatles Here, There and Everywhere, and Empty Chairs and Empty Tables from Les Miserables in this format.
It’s all at https://soundcloud.com/simon-sheffield
I’ve been teaching the guitar in and around Salisbury since 2011, and before that I taught in London for about 8 years. I teach classical guitar and rock / pop / folk on both acoustic and electric, as well as bass, ukulele, and related areas like singing, music reading, music theory and basic keyboards.
I try to get everyone playing the music they like, right away, so I cover quite a varied range of musical styles every week. Here are some of the things I’ve been helping people master of late:
Writing’s on the Wall by Sam Smith
Sounds of Silence by Disturbed
Take the Box by Amy Winehouse
Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin
Cavatina by Stanley Myers
Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes
Starman by David Bowie
If there is something you’d like to play I’ll work it out for you and we can work on it. But I also often recommend people work on a grade syllabus for classical guitar, or acoustic pop and folk, or electric rock, and I have an excellent record of passes with merit and distinction among my students.
I have public liability insurance and enhanced DBS clearance, and have taken child protection training. I am a member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors and a Wiltshire Music Connect associate provider of instrumental education. I passed all of the ABRSM guitar exams back in the 80s, and have since performed in bands, orchestras in musical theatre, and as a soloist.
Do email me if there is anything you’re wondering about and I’ll be happy to help!
I have a really nice duet arrangement of Faure’s Pavane, and I’ve put a recording of the guitar 2 part up here so you can practice guitar 1 along with it. Enjoy!
The link is to MySpace where you will probably need to find a small triangular play icon to click.
My excellent Year 6 guitar student and I worked out a few festive tunes at the weekend and I did some nice little lo-fi recordings on my phone. Here’s our Silent Night (via MySpace).
I’m now an official Associate Provider of instrumental tuition with Wiltshire Music Connect, the music education hub for Wiltshire.
That means I’ve demonstrated the skills and experience the hub is looking for in the county’s instrumental tutors, as well as having an up to date DBS check and child protection training.
I had to apply and be interviewed for Associate status as you would for any other job. The interview included giving a demonstration of an aspect of my teaching, so I showed the panel a few things that school children have been asking to learn in lessons recently: songs by Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift and The Vamps.
I’m really chuffed to join the WMC team!
You can see my profile on their site here.
If you are looking for guitar lessons in the Salisbury area in 2016 do email me at firstname.lastname@example.org — I will be very happy to answer any questions.
Even if you are a complete beginner with no musical experience, I get people playing the music they love, whether that’s classical guitar — I’m a fully trained classical guitarist, see here for details — or rock, folk, pop, jazz. (Frankly we should probably have a go at the lot, you never know what you might enjoy!)
I charge the standard rates recommended by Wiltshire Music Connect and the Musician’s Union which tends to be about £30 per hour but if you are available during school hours I can give you a discount.
I also teach bass, ukulele, music theory, and basic keyboards.
If you would like to buy your loved one a guitar lesson or 2 for Christmas, I can give you a guitar lesson voucher. Drop me an email.