Anyone can be a guitarist with the right approach.
I’m on a mission to help beginner and intermediate guitarists play their best.
This site is a triad of tools to help you:
Hi, I’m Chris. I’m a guitar teacher and musician living in Leeds, UK.
I’m passionate about helping people break out of a practice rut, so they can learn the music they love, and create music they’re actually proud of.
In 2001, my dad bought me a guitar at a car boot sale. 20 years later, after playing in countless bands & projects, and 7 years as a full-time guitar teacher, I want to share what I’ve learned.
My love of the guitar has taken me from a small town in South Yorkshire, to stages and studios across the UK. My guitar playing has been heard on BBC Radio 6 Music, BBC Radio 1, Radio X, BT Sport, an ITV series, and a Netflix series.
Past projects include writing, recording & touring with Team Picture, an alternative rock group in Leeds, to ambient tape loop experiments.
On a typical teaching week, I see over 30 guitar students, from children to retirees.
In 2019 I created Guitar for Busy Beginners, an online course that bridges the gap between YouTube lessons and private lessons. With the structure & personal feedback elements of private lessons, and convenience of learning through video, students can now get the best of both worlds.
I’ve had many guitar teachers over the years, and I still take the occasional lesson myself. I don’t consider myself an expert and I don’t have all the answers, but I’m happy to share what I’ve learned.
There’s a lot of advice on the internet about learning guitar.
But unfortunately, it’s not all good advice.
I believe that effective guitar teaching should be:
Learn from a real teacher, and get personal feedback – without the cost of private lessons. Play along, change the tempo, loop tricky sections, and get good.
Students go through courses, not just random tips and fragments that don’t connect.
Unlike others, I don’t tell you to “just practice more”. I’ll teach you not just how to play, but how to practice, and how to think when you play.
Learn Guitar, Without Learning Bad Habits
You might be doubting yourself as to whether you will be able to play guitar. Here are two things I can tell you now.
- It won’t all be easy. It can be difficult and challenging.
- I truly believe anyone who wants to play guitar can do it, with the right approach.
It’s not about having “talent” or being “gifted”. This might sound obvious, but people aren’t born as guitar players. I’ve trained adults who started as complete beginners, even in retirement, with no previous musical experience. They might not be rockstars, but they can play!
If I provide the structure & guidance, the routines, and the feedback, can you commit to practice for 15 to 30 minutes of your day? Click below to access my free beginner modules.
Break Out of The Creative Rut
Over the years, I have developed a four step creative process for making music on guitar. In a nutshell:
- Learn songs…
- … to build a vocabulary.
- Borrow & combine ideas
- Create music
Easy, right? Well, not always. If you’re lacking inspiration, click below to take the first step out of a rut.
Master Your Musical Mind
Most guitar teachers will teach only External skills. Of course, you can’t learn guitar without picking up a guitar. But what about the internal skills?
Mental skills are massively underrated, in my opinion, and if you can master these, you’ll be leaps ahead of other players.
From Ear Training, to Mental Rehearsal and Mindful Practice, I can help you master your musical mind.
Click below to take my Free Ear Training Course for guitar players.