Looking for the best guitar lessons around?

Have you reached the stage in your playing where you are looking for an push in the right direction?
Are you feeling frustrated with your lack of progress on the guitar and need the help and guidance of a professional guitar teacher to move forward to where you want to be?
Are you just beginning and are unsure of the best and most effective way to learn?

Imagine what it would be like to be the guitar player that you want to be, being able to play guitar exactly the way you want to be able to. The best way to move forward with your guitar playing is to work with a teacher with a proven track record of helping people to reach their guitar playing goals who with teach you and develop your playing so that you are able to play guitar they way you want to in the shortest amount of time.

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I have gone from knowing a few basic chords to recording near a full track in months, brilliant!

I started to learn guitar out of a book but after a few weeks I realised that I needed some proffesional help and contacted Jonathan. The way Jonathan teaches is with lots of patience and you learn what you need to progress. He has been an inspiration to myself.

  Richard Greenwood, Bradford

Working with a teacher is the fastest, most effective and the most enjoyable way of progressing on your guitar to be the player you want to be. Here's why:

1. Learning To Play The Right Things At The Right Time.

The problem with learning from the internet or from friends is that you may be learning the right content but are you learning the information in the correct order?

Imagine learning to run before you can walk. How far would you actually get? Learning with a great guitar teacher will help you to learn in the right way so that you waste no time and reach your goals much faster than with other methods.

2. See What You Are Learning Demonstrated For You In The Correct Way.

Does learning from You Tube really show you how things are done? How do you know that the person sat in front of you actually knows what they are doing?

In addition if you learn from a book or from an online course, how do you ask questions if you are not sure about something? With a great guitar teacher you can be sure that if you have a problem you can get it resolved so that you can focus on enjoying your progress rather than chasing your tail wondering what you should be doing.

3. Get Motivated!

One of the biggest advantages of taking lessons from a great guitar teacher is that each week you will be encouraged and inspired to pick up your guitar and play. Knowing that you have someone to support your development and learning is the greatest asset to taking guitar lessons.

The expert feedback coupled with personalised support and guidance means that you simply cannot fail! Do other learning methods provide you with this?

4. Get Help With Your Practice.

Guitar lessons alone don't make you a better guitar player. It's how you spend the 7 days between lessons that really counts. A great guitar teacher will help you to use your time wisely, helping you to come up with an effective and personalised practice strategy for maximum results in the shortest amount of time.

5. Get Support and Guidance when you need it.

With a great teacher you will get feedback on your playing every week. In this way you will know exactly what areas you are string in and what areas you need to improve on. Because of this, regularly seeing a teacher is the best way of ensuring that you playing is on the right track and that you are moving forward and improving with your guitar playing.

6. Be Around Others In the Same Situation.

How often do you make music with others? Even if you do not want to be an international rock star, playing music with other people is beneficial to your playing, builds self-confidence and is simply great fun and very rewarding. A great teacher runs jam classes, workshops and other group events designed to boost your playing whilst having fun making music with others.

7. Save TIME and MONEY.

You could spend months or even years wasting time and money on other guitar learning tools such as books, DVDs or online courses and still not make much progress. There is so much information out there these days that it is very hard to find out what you should be learning to move you forward.

With a good teacher you can guarantee that the information that you are given is exactly what you need, when you need it. Therefore you do not waste any time or money on ineffective methods and courses promising the ultimate short cut to great guitar playing.

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Looking back I can see how I have progressed so much in my guitar ability in several areas in a small space of time making me a far more well rounded and confident player.

First of all John is a great teacher and a great guy. I feel it is important to have a teacher that you get along with if you are having lessons every week. John is one of those people I have enjoyed all my lessons and feel my money is well spent. He is an extremely skilled player, very knowledgable and devoted to his students. I came to John having hit a wall in my guitar playing after 9 years of playing, my improvisation and knowledge of the fret board was terrible (amongst other things). He did well to tailor the lessons to my specific needs and style for example he noticed I struggled to use the material I had learned in my own playing and so reorganised the lessons so I could improvise and play with him and the backing tracks he had created instead of taking the material home and struggling. He is constantly looking for ways like this to go the extra mile-helping you in and outside the class to ensure you progress well such as the masterclasses he frequently arranges and extra resources he often lends you. For anyone who wants to be a great guitar player I would recommend John who will put you in the right direction and ensure you progress.

  Nick Graham-Smith, Leeds

There are lots of average teachers out there, here's what I do different to help you become a better guitar player:

What You Can Expect From a Normal Guitar Teacher What You Can Expect From Me
  • How will you find out what I want to do and what I really need to progress?
Normal guitar teachers will ask you a few questions about what bands you like and what songs you want to learn but usually nothing more. A free evaluation session where we can talk about what you can and would like to be able to do. From there I can make a plan about how to best help you in the future.
  • How will you develop a plan for me to make sure that I can be playing the way I want to in the shortest possible time and the minimum amount of frustration?
Normal guitar teachers do not normally have a long term plan for you and often teach from lesson to lesson with no effective long term strategy to help you. From the evaluation lesson we will agree a plan of action and decide what you short and long term goals are. I will them work to develop a long term learning plan to make sure that you are always learning things that are helpful and relevant to what you need for your own personal goals.
  • How will you help me to overcome the problems I have with my playing?
Most normal guitar teachers are not concerned with this and only teach their students songs without focusing on the core issues that are holding their playing back from their true potential. From the first lesson I will work to solve your playing problems. In the evaluation lesson I will make sure that I take note of your problems and formulate solutions from the start to help you to overcome these. I will also monitor progress and refine the strategies if need be to help you further.
  • How will you record my progress?
Most guitar teachers do not record their student’s progress and some even forget what they have taught from lesson to lesson. I will keep a file on you recording what you have done and also your achievements and goals as you meet them.
  • Do you provide any support outside of lessons?
No. The help stops when the lesson ends. There are many additional benefits to taking lessons from me. I provide my students with additional learning resources on the student area of my website including training videos, a forum, and a massive library of backing tracks. In addition I run workshops, masterclass and jam sessions that are free or at a heavily discounted for my students so you have many other opportunities to learn in addition to the lessons you take with me.
  • How will you help me to practice effectively and make the most of my time between lessons?
Most teachers don’t bother with any of this but some may give you some tips on what to do with your practice. First, all your lesson materials are stored online in your own personal account so that you can refer back to them and review them whenever you like. In addition I will run special sessions to help you to develop a personalised practice schedule.
  • How can you prove that you can get good results?
Most teachers can’t prove this. I have taught many satisfied students over the years. Please visit my feedback page to find out more.
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Jonathan has an enthusiastic and infectious approach to his teaching which soon draws you in, he puts a lot into your lessons and you feel an obligation to respond in kind.

Why did I choose Jonathan as my guitar teacher? When I typed "guitar teachers in Leeds" into Google his was not the first name that came up, but it was the last one of my list when I had spoken to several others. When I started playing 11 weeks ago I had never touched a guitar, but had wanted to play for years. I am now an intermediate player who has mastered all the open chords and some barre chords, can play a decent range of songs and have moved onto soloing in group lessons. If you had asked me in late September if I would be playing Beatles numbers to my family at Christmas, I would have though you were mad. I put this down to a combination of Jonathan's teaching methods and many hours of practice under his guidance. But the best thing about Jonathan's teaching method is that he does not belong to the "those who can't, teach" group of coaches, he is a practitioner, played live, been in bands and has been there and done that. That it what I want from a teacher.

  Al Perry
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Before starting my lessons with Jonathan I could play a little from studying books and you tube, but didn’t seem to be getting anywhere, nobody there to tell me where I was going wrong. I attended a free introductory lesson with Jonathan where he assessed the areas I needed to improve and was able to structure lessons around my capabilities.

Within months I have gone from struggling with the basics to being able to put together my own riffs, playing both Lead and Rhythm. I would recommend Jonathan to anyone looking for a professional and patient tutor, his methods and pace are first class allowing you achieve the right results.

It is hard work, but good fun and as with anything practice is the key. I can now enjoy jamming with others and not feel embarrassed. Thanks Jon!

  Mike Bodd
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The lessons are well structured with a good balance of theory and practical content.

A knowledgable player who explains himself very well, Jonathan has helped in many ways in a short space of time, which in turn has improved my playing.

  Warren Fyffe

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