Silent Night

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).

Merry Christmas!

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Wiltshire Music Connect Associate Provider

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.

Learn the Guitar in 2016!

If you are looking for guitar lessons in the Salisbury area in 2016 do email me at simonsheffield@googlemail.com — 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.

 

Guitar teacher info updated

I’ve updated this site’s pages on about me and classical guitar to keep things up to date, as I’ve done things like play in Musical Theatre Salisbury’s production of Evita recently — there are reviews of this on the MTS website.

If you’re looking for guitar lessons in Salisbury particularly during school hours do email me as I have availability and can offer you a discount.

I love the music of Agustin Barrios Mangore, who was a composer and performer from Paraguay.  Berta Rojas is a current Paraguayan guitarist who is keeping his music alive brilliantly, here she is playing Mangore’s Danza Paraguaya.  I wish she’d come and play in the UK!

Guitar lessons in Wiltshire and Hampshire: FAQs

I am a guitar teacher based in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and I’m looking to take on a few more pupils at the moment, so I thought it might be a good idea to answer some of the questions I often get asked about lessons. So here goes!:

Where do you teach?

It depends what suits you, you could either come to my house which is quite near to Salisbury town centre, or I can come to you if you are looking for guitar lessons in the Salisbury area or beyond in to Wiltshire, Hampshire, perhaps Berkshire and Dorset even.

How much do lessons cost?

I charge less during the day than in the evening because I’d rather be working during school hours. And I might need to add a little to cover travel time and expenses if I’m coming to you and you are not in Salisbury. But broadly speaking I charge around £26 to £32 per hour. 45 minute lessons can work for some people too, particularly younger students. And although a lesson every week is ideal, adults often find that every other week works better for them.

What styles of music do you cover?

I try to get people playing the music they love, so a real mixture. Its good to play some music you know! And you are more likely to practice if you like what you’re playing. At the moment I’m teaching some classical guitar, a variety of broadly rock and pop stuff, some quite folky fingerpicking type guitar, plus I’m helping one student master bass playing in a kind of acoustic roots music style, and one student has kind of jazz pop leanings so its a lot of jazzy chords etc. I think its good to try a mixture of styles, and personally I’m into quite a broad range of music. When I’m thinking of music that the guitarist might want to try I’ll suggest varied things that have worked well in the past, and I put together Spotify playlists of things that have gone down well with students or that I think might be fun to try.

Can you put me in for grade exams?

Yes and I have an excellent record for exam success. Most of the people I’ve put in for exams have passed with distinction. That’s with the RGT exam syllabus in electric guitar, acoustic guitar, and classical guitar.

Does it matter that I’m a total beginner?

No, not at all. You don’t need to be able to read music or have any prior musical knowledge or playing experience. If you are already playing and would just like some help with refining aspects of your playing or branching into new styles or techniques that’s fine too!

Does it matter that I’m perhaps no longer as supple and flexible as I once was?

No, I’ve taught several mature guitarists and, like a good footballer, when you’re older your brain makes up for the physical speed of movement you may have lost. You’ll get your fingers stretching in time.

What do I need to get started?

Not much really, if you don’t have a guitar you can try one of mine and I’ll help you choose what sort to buy. So really just a notebook we can jot information and songs in.

If you have any other questions you would like me to answer please do get in touch: I’m on 01722 501 673 or email simonsheffield@googlemail.com

I can also provide gift vouchers if you would like to give lessons as a Christmas gift.