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My pupils

Clarissa - 'Gigue'

My pupil Clarissa (age 10) plays ‘Gigue’, by Johann Anton Logy. Clarissa has been studying with me for 3 years.

This piece is from the ABRSM grade 3 classical guitar syllabus. I think that Clarissa did a great job learning this piece!

Here is what Clarissa’s mum has to say about my classical guitar lessons:

“Clarissa has been learning the guitar with Cliff for 3 years. Cliff is an excellent teacher: calm, friendly, methodical and highly knowledgeable across all styles. Clarissa enjoys her lessons and has made great progress.”

 

Clarissa - 'Andantino'

My pupil Clarissa (age 10) plays ‘Andantino’, by Fernando Sor. Clarissa has been studying with me for 3 years.

This piece is from the ABRSM grade 3 classical guitar syllabus. Another great job from Clarissa!

 

Matt - 'Johnny B. Goode'

My pupil Matt plays Chuck Berry’s iconic intro and guitar solo from ‘Johnny B. Goode’. Matt has been studying with me for 16 months.

Hearing the intro to this song as a child is one of the things that made me want to pick up a guitar in the first place. I was impressed with Matt’s attention to detail on this song, so had to film him!

Here is what Matt has to say about my electric guitar lessons;

“I have been playing guitar for about 30 years but made more progress in the last 16 months of lessons with Cliff than any time before.  One thing I love is that he knows instinctively what songs to pull out of the draw for me to learn; those songs that make me think “Yes! I’ve always wished I could play that.”  He backs it up with the theory about how each song works and the techniques it uses, so I can apply them in my own improvising and writing.”

Tom - 'Comfortably Numb'

My pupil Tom plays Dave Gilmour’s guitar solo from Pink Floyd’s ‘Comfortably Numb’.

One of my favourite guitar solos, by one of my favourite guitarists!

Here is what Tom has to say about my electric guitar lessons;

“I have been studying with Cliff since January 2014 and in that time Cliff has transformed my playing. Within two lessons he’d sorted my hand positions, fixed a few bad habits and had a plan in mind for what we should cover to meet my personal needs – no one size fits all. Since then he’s always looked to keep the lessons interesting with theory always backed up with technical exercises to make it easier to understand, his knowledge of guitar theory and the instrument itself is exceptional. I’m still learning all the time and would recommend Cliff to anyone who wants to improve.

Tom - 'Paranoid'

My pupil Tom plays Tony Iommi’s guitar solo from Black Sabbath’s ‘Paranoid’. Tom has been studying with me for two and a half years.

Tom’s guitar broke just before we started recording this solo, and ‘Comfortably Numb’, so he had to use mine at the last minute. He made the transition remarkably well, especially since my guitar has a floating bridge, which affects the behaviour of the guitar significantly!

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