Alternative Guitar Lessons Online


Hi, I’m Chris.

I teach Alternative/Indie guitar lessons to students all over the world, and create online guitar courses for beginner & intermediate players. I live in Leeds, UK, and write, record & tour in a band called Team Picture.

If you’re a complete beginner, you should start with my free online mini-course. It takes you through the basics in less than 30 minutes.

If you know the basics already, I can help you:

  • Learn music theory the quick & easy way, so you can make the move from copying, to creating music.
  • Become a better learner, improviser, and songwriter through ear training for guitar. Play what you hear!

Although I’ve played lots of styles of music, alternative/indie is what I love most. So the articles & lessons here are geared towards the alternative world of music:
Alt-Rock, Post-Punk, New Wave, Indie, Psych Rock, Jangle Pop…

My story

When I started playing guitar in 2001, I was listening to Classic Rock & Blues. I still like those styles of music. But I soon realised there’s a whole world of guitar playing waiting to be discovered.

That’s what drew me to styles like Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Punk, New Wave, and all things Jangly. Music like The Cure, The Smiths, and New Order… Cocteau Twins, Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine… Radiohead, Pixies, and Blur…

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, an ITV series, and a Netflix series.

From music degree to… making pizza

My story isn’t quite an overnight success story. I graduated from Music college in 2011 with a BA Honours Degree. This finally allowed me to get a job… making pizza. Then selling computers. Then selling phones, while taking on students part time.

Going full-time

In 2014, I made the jump to go full-time as a guitar teacher.

I’m very grateful to my students. Without them, I’d be back in a pizza kitchen putting exactly 32 slices of pepperoni on a 13″ meat feast. Or maybe I’d be back on a roundabout, as a human billboard. I work hard for my students, and look forward to every lesson.

My students range from absolute beginners, to players at university. Many of my students have gone on to write & record their own music, perform on stage, or ace their music exams. Seeing my students make real progress is what keeps me going.

A site for beginners & self-taught players

Everything on this site is created with beginners & self-taught players in mind. I’ve helped hundreds of guitar players get past the beginner stage, and I’ve developed my own tried and tested methods for the common problems beginners face.

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 through 18 years of playing guitar, and 5 years of teaching.

Want to know more about my unique approach to teaching? Interested in a free trial lesson online?

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