Testimonials and photos
As I mentioned earlier I have been teaching the guitar for nearly 20 years and in that time I have literally taught every kind of student you can imagine. It's been great fun and I have enjoyed it a lot so on this page I thought I would show you a few testimonials and photographs of some of the students who have had guitar lessons with me.
When Fraser first came for guitar lessons he was a beginner, but it was clear from the start that he had the determination and the ability to learn really quickly. He soon started to buy different kinds of guitars and experiment with the different sounds that he could get. He's finally finished up playing a lovely Fender acoustic and has developed and great singing voice. He now regularly goes to open Mic nights and plays in pubs. He's even been asked to perform at weddings.
Anthony is a fantastic young guitarist. He has been coming for lessons with me for about 5 months now and has made really great progress. He is very enthusiastic and is very keen to learn. Here's what he's got to say about coming to lessons at "Guitar Lessons Maidstone".
When Gavin first came he had been learning the Ukelele in a group. But he wanted to try the guitar and again made some really fast progress. He is now on his third different model and has finally found the one he likes. Getting the right guitar is really critical to making progress. If you get the right shape and look that you've always wanted you will naturally pick the guitar up and start to play it.
As you can see in Gavin's Testimonial I have a really large collection of guitars in the studio. So if you are coming straight from work or school you don't even have to bring your own guitar. Just pick up the guitar of your choice and simply start playing. To see a video of the studio simply click here and look for "Where do I give lessons ?"
Yinka initially came with an electric guitar, but really wanted to play the bass. After a few lessons, he bought his bass along to be set up and has never looked back. He can now play the bass to some of his favourite songs and picks up the bass line really quickly.
James has been coming for lessons for well over a year now and at the beginning, he was a complete beginner. However, he has made really great progress and can now play along to most songs very well. We even play some duets together which is great fun for both of us.
Gary has been bringing his daughter for guitar lessons for about 2 months now. She is only 9 so Gary has done the talking. Megan has made some real progress since she came so I am super happy for her.
To see a short video of where I give the lessons and some of the other students who come for lessons simply click on the link.
Anthony and I played in Maidstone and it was the first time that he had actually played in front of a live audience. We played 3 songs and can you believe it he got more than £20.00 and one person gave him a £10.00 note. I was really proud of him. Well Done Anthony !!!!!!
This is Alistair talking about his son James. James has just taken his GCSE music Exam and played "Blackbird" as his main song. I remember the first time he played that song to me and I was tremendously impressed. He is very talented and has a really exciting future ahead of him.
Yusuf is quite simply the best student I have had in 20 years of teaching the guitar. He is only 14 but his natural ability is amazing. His improvisational skill is way beyond his age and he has a great future playing the guitar. He can play with any backing track that you put on straight from the start. Added to that he has a great desire to learn and is a really great young man.
After a quick spruce up of Brian's guitar when he first came we were quickly into playing some classic rock songs. He's now playing with backing tracks and a loop pedal and it sounds just great. To play the rock guitar simply go to the contact page and give me a call.
Here's paul playing one of my more unusual guitar's. I actually started playing on the Banjo and wanted to make a guitar that would look totally different. The body of the guitar is much smaller and the size of a banjo head so it is really easy to play. I put a print on the front of the guitar and it always catches attention when people see that smiley face.
This was a typical incident when a new student arrived with a jumbo acoustic guitar. It was simply way too big for her. I showed her one of the Thinline acoustics that I have. She tried it out and ordered one straight away. The next week she arrived with her new guitar and it was just great to see her not struggling with her old guitar.
John is a big fan of Stevie Ray Vaughan and therefore loves Blues guitar. We have played a lot of blues type songs and concentrated mainly on the improvisations. He's now playing along with the backing tracks and really making progress.
Ian is a big Jazz fan and regularly attends Jazz festivals. At the moment we are playing all the stand Jazz classics like " It don't mean a thing " and some George Benson songs. Ian is now playing confidently with the backing tracks.