I help guitar players learn to play the music they love.

This guitar site is different, because instead of teaching you in parrot fashion, I teach you how to build real, practical skills that stick. I’ll help you learn to play your favourite songs, train your ears, and learn music theory applied to the guitar.

Here’s how it works:

Build Good Habits

You might think you're not made to play guitar. I believe there's no such thing as a bad student - only a bad teacher. If you want to play songs with confidence, you need a practice approach with a clear direction, and built-in motivation. My method starts with bad sounds first - so anyone can do this.

Play It By Ear

Instead of relying on low quality TABs & lengthy tutorials, I'll show you how to become self-sufficient. When you can play guitar by ear, you become a faster learner, a better writer, and a more fluent improviser all at once.

Learn How Music Works

Learning by repetition can only get you so far. When you play guitar without understanding music - it's like typing in a foreign language you don't understand. No wonder so many guitarists get stuck in a rut. There's a better way to learn, but it doesn't need to involve reading music theory books or watching whiteboard lectures.

After 19 years of playing guitar in different bands & projects, and 6 years of teaching guitar, I’ve found that these 3 principles are at the core of what separates the solid players from those who are struggling & uninspired:

STAGE 1

Build Good Habits

How often do you play guitar? What do you do when you practice? How do you avoid bad habits? How do you react to mistakes & difficulties?

The answers to these questions will be the difference between getting good, and quitting.

You can’t pick YouTube videos at random, switch from one thing to another, and hope to make progress. You need a plan and a process.

Many beginning guitar players think they need talent to get good at guitar – they think they’ll either “have it” or not. I believe there’s a guitarist in everyone – but it takes hard work, and a smart approach to practice. Talent is earned.

 

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Learn to play your favourite songs, step-by-step.
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STAGE 2

Play What You Hear

When you start learning music by ear, here’s what starts to happen:

  1. You can stop relying on inaccurate TABs or lengthy song tutorials, and start being self-sufficient.
  2. In the long run, you’ll be much faster at learning songs. Need to learn a song on the fly in the rehearsal room? No problem.
  3. When a creative idea comes to you, you’ll be able to turn it into music – instead of it getting lost in translation.
  4. You’ll save money on private lessons & music books (and you’re no longer limited by a teacher or book selection).
  5. You can start to practice guitar, without your guitar. Mental rehearsal has been proven in studies to reduce the number of mistakes as effectively as real practice. It also stimulates the same parts of the brain that physical practice does.

Playing by ear isn’t just a case of putting on some music and instantly being able to play along. This is a skill in itself, which takes time to develop. But it’s well worth it, and there are things you can do to speed the process up. Not sure where to start? How about my free Ear Training for Guitar online course?

STAGE 3

Understand How Music Works - Without Getting Too Theoretical

Once you’re playing songs from start to finish, and you have a knack for breaking skills down, it’s time to start learning the basics of theory.

The problem with most theory lessons out there, is that they’re too theoretical. Just because it’s theory, doesn’t mean it can’t be practical.

I’ve done written music theory exams, using standard music notation, and let me tell you that 90% of it is was of no use to me as a guitarist. It’s no good knowing the Circle of Fifths, if you can’t use it for anything.

My lessons go one step further, by applying the theory to real playing & writing situations. Instead of learning facts, you’re learning guitar.

I promise you, when you get into it, theory is fun! With the right approach, learning theory will spark ideas. When you know the rules, you’ll want to know what it sounds like to break them.

 

About Me

Hi, I’m Chris. I help guitarists learn to play the music they love, and I’ve taught over 3,000 guitar lessons so far.

My love of the guitar has taken me from a small town in South Yorkshire, to countless 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.

In 2014, I made the jump to go full-time as a guitar tutor. My students range from absolute beginners, to players at university. Many of them have gone on to write & record their own music, perform on stage, or form their own bands. Seeing my students make real progress is what keeps me going.

 

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. In 2020, I’m training in Performance Psychology for Educators.

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 through 19 years of playing guitar, and 6 years of teaching.