Keyboard instruments

I love keyboards. Always have done. But I can understand how frustrating it can be learning to play them!

(Not to mention boring!)

I've been playing keyboard instruments of one sort or another since I was about 9 years old. (I'm a bit older than that now!)

Younger students often get bored with some of the traditional ways of teaching the piano. And if there's one thing I'm sure of it's that I'm determined that my students should NOT be bored!

I'll probably get shot down in flames for saying this, but actually, I prefer the electronic keyboard to the piano - for a number of reasons.

Firstly they don't go out of tune so easily (if it doesn't sound nice, who's going to want to play it?).

Secondly, they don't just sound like a piano - you can have guitars, organs, violins, spaceships ... you name it ... all from the one instrument. That's much more attractive to young learners. (And not only the young ones!)

Reading music

Do you really need to know how to read musical notation?

Yes and no.

I will teach you just what you need to know, and no more. It's not complicated (although you'd be surprised how many people think it has to be) and I can teach you the basics in a couple of hours.

One thing is absolutely essential, though. If you want to learn to play a musical instrument - whether it's a keyboard or a guitar or a penny whistle - you do need to have one of your own. You need to practise regularly between lessons - and you can't do that if you haven't got an instrument to play on.

Guitar (basic)

I taught myself to play the guitar (many years ago now), and although I'm not brilliant on it, I can pass on what I know to you, too.

I tend to prefer nylon strings, because they tend to be more gentle on the fingers, but steel-string acoustic guitars or electric guitars are pretty much the same thing (only different!).

Whether you want to strum chords, play finger-picking folk style, or just get started, I can help you.

I can also help you learn to play the BASS guitar if you prefer it.

Melodeon & Accordian

Squeeze boxes, in other words.

One of my favourite instruments is the melodeon, otherwise known as a diatonic button accordian, but I also play a small (12-bass) piano accordian.

It can be very confusing having lots of buttons - just on the left-hand end for a piano accordian, or both ends for a melodeon - but it's not really all that difficult.

Let me help you figure out how to get lots of fun and enjoyment out of these free-reed instruments.

Miscellaneous instruments

Have you ever fancied playing a penny whistle? An ocarina? How about a hammered dulcimer, or a psaltery? Or perhaps you're more into rock music and would like to play the drums? Over the years, I've picked up lots and lots of different instruments and figured out how to get music out of them.

I can share my experience with you.

To find out more or to talk about what you need:

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