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How do the Lessons work?

Lessons FAQ

How much do you charge for lessons?

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Who can have lessons with Cliff Smith?

  • Guitar, ukulele or music theory pupils
  • Beginner to advanced level
  • Children or adults (minimum age 6)
  • All lessons are on a private one-to-one basis. I do not teach groups.

What do I need to bring to the lessons?

Pupils will need to bring their own guitar or ukulele to lessons.

Do you do home visits?

No, but I can teach you online via Skype from the comfort of your home or office.

How often should I have a lesson?

  • Lessons can be at a fixed or varied time.
  • I recommend one lesson per week if possible, but we can arrange the lessons to suit your schedule and budget – fortnightly, monthly, as and when … whatever works for YOU!
  • I do not require pupils to commit to a series of lessons, but 95% of people come back!

How many lessons will I need?

That depends what your goals are, and how hard you work! See ‘Practice’, and ‘Progress’ below.

Section 7Do you sell gift vouchers for lessons?

  • Yes! I will send you a gift certificate in the post.
  • Express delivery is available if required, for those last minute presents!
  • My studio is easily reachable from most parts of London.
  • See my ‘Guitar Gift Certificates’ page for further details.

Guitar and Ukulele lessons

My guitar and ukulele lessons will include techniques and theory relevant to the songs and pieces that you are learning. I use TAB, chord charts and standard music notation.

Each lesson is tailored to the abilities and goals of the individual student. For each style I ensure that students are competent in the basics, before moving on to learn the repertoire.

What would you like to achieve? Do you wish to study graded exams (classical, acoustic, electric)? Are you a singer wanting to accompany yourself?

Are you a budding songwriter? Do you want to join a band? I can teach you how to play your favourite songs if you give me a list!

Music Theory lessons

My theory lesson content will depend on the needs of the pupil. We can cover music notation, sight-reading, aural, songwriting, general music theory, RGT, Trinty Guildhall or Associated Board exams…

I try to split each lesson between what you want to learn, and what you need to learn. If there is something in particular you are looking for, just ask.

Location

I teach from my London studio, or online via Skype. My studio is 2 minutes walk from Kennington underground station, on the Northern Line.

Parking

Free after 6.30pm Mon-Fri and all weekend, pay and display (coins or pay by phone) at all other times. If driving, please allow extra time for the London traffic and feeding the meter!

Tuition times

Monday to Friday
10.30am – 9.30pm UK time
Saturday
9.00am – 5.00pm UK time
Sunday
Closed

Everything else you need to know…

Practice

In order to be able to play effectively, you must be aware that it is necessary to work at material over and over again until it is internalised, and that some students need more repetitions than others to achieve this internalisation. This is called practice!

Between lessons, you will need to practice as much and as often as you can. The more often you practice, the quicker your progress will be and the better you will become. Aim for an hour per day. If you can do more than this please do, but take breaks every hour at least – get up and walk around, leave the room if possible.

Progress

The speed of your progress as a guitarist will depend on how hard you work at it. There will always be other things competing with your scheduled practice time. I cannot organise your life for you – I can only offer you expert tuition and guide you through every stage of your guitar playing.

Only your motivation and application, coupled with my support, can turn you into a competent guitarist. I cannot guarantee results, because I do not control you – I cannot guarantee that you will do any work! What I can say is this; follow my guidance and you will improve!

Music Notation

It is not essential to be able to read music to study the electric or steel string acoustic guitar, but reading is a very useful tool and I encourage all of my students to learn how to read rhythms at least – I can teach you. Once you get to a certain level, you will want to learn to read music, even if you don’t feel that way right now!

Sight-reading is mandatory for classical guitarists, but again – I can teach you. We would start with very simple melodies and work up from there. Reading music really isn’t as difficult as you may think it is.

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