Guitar lessons

Enjoy guitar lessons at Circle Music in electric, acoustic and bass guitar disciplines.

Learn guitar styles across all genres including – rock, blues, classical, jazz, funk, metal and folk.

Learn to play guitar in a one-on-one environment in our purpose built teaching studios with one of our highly experienced tutors.

Beginner guitar lessons will start with everything you need to know about the guitar itself, from the names of each part of the guitar through to correct positioning and how to produce a nice sound.

Learn how to position your fingers to enable good coordination and technique for muscle memory and quicker learning.

Understand how chords are created and the basics of reading music.

Learn how to make the most of practice with advice, understanding and personal feedback after every guitar lesson.

What are the benefits of learning to play guitar and bass?

There are many benefits of learning to play both guitar and bass guitar. Apart from both instruments being extremely conducive to social interaction, guitar and bass guitar can both be great tools for developing a compete understanding of music as well as being great for non-performance aspects of music such as composition. Oh and you'll always look pretty cool carrying one around.

What does a guitar lesson consist of? Is there a typical structure?

Lesson structures will vary from student to student and teacher to teacher. This is relative to what the student wants to get out of tuition as well as how the teacher believes time will be best spent.

The structure of a lesson will often change according to age. For example an older student may just want to learn chords so they can strum along with their mates. There are also levels of fine motor skill that need to be considered and can vary regardless of age.

The main objectives for students are that they develop a passion for their instrument, and that they develop a complete understanding of music as a whole so as to be able to "speak the language" that is music. Without passion, music will always suffer and without a language there can be no communication.

Students can learn to play a particular style if they wish to, although different teachers will specialise in different genres. It's always good to keep in mind that music is a universal language that crosses through the confines of style.

What is the best way to learn? 

This is really dependant upon the student. Different people will get the best results in different ways. As an educator, teaching students one on one, it's the teacher’s job to work out how to get the best results out of each student.

For example, it is not mandatory for students to learn songs, but songs tend to be the end result and to some extent the goal we are trying to reach by learning everything else.

The same applies to scales – while not mandatory, scales serve a multitude of purposes. They are by far the best way to develop technique, aural skills and dexterity on your instrument while still remaining 'musical'.

Purchasing guitar books is also not essential and won’t define a guitarist's success or failure, but the value of having written resources for reference can't be measured.  

Typical homework will usually consist of a combination of technical work such as scales and chords, combined with practical application – typically playing a piece that the student has been working on.

To get results the student is encouraged to practice at least 20 minutes a day.

The progress towards becoming a good guitarist depends entirely on the student and how much work they put in to it.