Indie & Alternative Guitar Lessons Online

About Chris

When I started playing guitar in 2001, I was learning all the usual Beatles & Led Zeppelin songs. I still like those styles of music, and I’ve been through other phases, but through most of my time on guitar I’ve played Alternative/Indie Rock. Post-Punk, New Wave, and all things Jangly. Bands like The Cure, The Smiths, and New Order… Cocteau Twins, Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine… Radiohead, Pixies, and Blur…

So this is just my little experiment to see if there are people looking to learn something a bit more left-field.

I teach Indie & Alternative guitar lessons to students all over the world. I live in Leeds, UK, and write, record & tour in a band called Team Picture.

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.

Our live session at BBC Maida Vale Studios

Something Alternative

This is a site where I’ll be posting guitar lessons & song lessons, in alternative & indie styles. It’s also where you can find my beginner guitar course, if you haven’t gotten through your first few songs yet.

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!

From music degree to… making pizza

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

In 2014, I made the jump to go full-time as a guitar teacher. I’m super grateful to my students. Without them, I’d be back in the pizza kitchen. 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.

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

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