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.

School children discount on guitar lessons in Salisbury

If you’re under 18 and in education and looking for guitar lessons in the Salisbury, Wiltshire area I’m offering a discount at the moment as I have some availability on weekday early evenings or Saturday lunchtimes. I could come to you or you to me.  So email me to discuss. Continue reading “School children discount on guitar lessons in Salisbury”

Salisbury guitar lessons

I now have a confirmed date for starting teaching the guitar in the Salisbury, Wiltshire area, so if you are looking for lessons from October 2011 email me and I’ll happily answer any questions you have. I’m a member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors, fully qualified in classical guitar and have many years’ teaching experience.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Salisbury guitar lessons

I’m hoping to move my guitar teaching base to Salisbury, Wiltshire in September 2011.  Mail me if you’re interested in having lessons.  I can probably come to you if you’re near Salisbury, or you could come to me.  I offer special discounted rates to pensioners for daytime lessons, but also teach children after school and do evening lessons.  Saturday lessons may be possible. Continue reading “Salisbury guitar lessons”