Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you teach complete beginners?

Absolutely. I've taught many beginners and even if you've never touched a guitar before our first lesson I can have you playing something you know before its over.

Do you teach children?

Yes lots of my students are children and I'm happy to teach them at any age. I find half hour lessons are best with young children at first as their attention span doesn't usually stretch to an hour!

Where are you based?

I teacher the majority of my students from my home studio located on Newbery Close, Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 6JN. My teaching room is a nice, comfortable and quiet place to practice full of guitar equipment for you to use. The map below shows my location for lessons, click on the map to bring up my location on Google Maps.

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Do I have to read music?

No, not at all. I can teach you to read guitar TAB music if the type of playing you want to do would benefit from it, most students who play for fun prefer to be taught through simple forms of notation, playing and listening exercises.

Do you teach both electric and acoustic guitar?

Yes, I teach both - the choice is completely up to you!

How many lessons will I need?

This question is the hardest one to answer. You’ll be playing a piece, albeit a simple piece, after your first lesson. Different students learn at different speeds and certain styles and instruments are easier to master than others. You will get out lessons as much as you put in. The more practice you do, the more you will achieve. I have been playing for many years and feel like there is still so much more to learn!

How much practice should I do?

This depends on how fast you want to progress. The more often you practice, the quicker your progress will be and the better you will become. I recommend practicing your instrument every day for as little 10 minutes if that’s all you can afford. It is much better to do lots of short sessions than to practice for three and a half hours for one day a week! Of course some beginners will want to do much more than this but at first. However, you may at first be limited by how much your fingers can take! Particularly if you’re playing a steel stringed instrument. To be able to learn and improve, it’s important to work at whatever is covered in a lesson over and over. You need sufficient practice time to take in the information from one lesson before going on to the next. You need to do your homework!!

What instrument should I buy for a beginner?

That if the beginner is under the age of 10 it may be more suitable to get a 3/4 sized electric guitar as a full sized guitar for someone that age can be too big and heavy. Also add that I personally think Squire, Epiphone and Redwood make the best value for money beginner guitars that I've seen.

Do I need a guitar before I start?

If you're looking to learn electric guitar you can borrow a spare one of mine for the lessons. But for acoustic guitar I do not own a spare so you would need your own.

Do I have the necessary talent to play an instrument?

I haven’t yet come across a student that does not have some sort of musical ability. Everyone has his or her strengths; some are better at reading notes, some at chords, some at improvising etc. I believe that talent isn’t necessary, it isn’t how talented you are, but whether you are diligent, determined and how much you play your instrument! I've also noticed that a good student keeps a healthy dose of music on their platter. 

What if I’m late for a lesson?

I will always endeavour to be on time and punctual for every lesson and expect my pupils to do the same. Please allow sufficient time for hold ups in transport, parking or getting lost on the way! Since I will usually have a following lesson, I can’t make up any time for being late without eating into somebody else’s time.

What if I need to cancel a lesson?

Cancelling a lesson is absolutely fine, I do however have a cancellation agreement policy with my students to provide a minimum of 24 hours notice for each cancellation. If 24 hours notice isn't provided, the full lesson fee must be paid.

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Beginners Welcome

Tuition is tailored to suit every individual’s specific needs. Whether you’re a complete beginner, you’d like to play favourite band’s songs, you’d like to be good enough to join a band or you’re a more advanced player wanting to brush up on some new techniques. Whatever your goals may be, I'll be able to help. For my own sanity as well as yours we'll make sure the lessons are fun.

To book your first lesson or simply to find out more about my guitar lessons don't hesitate to send me an email or call 0118 211 3750.

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Ben is a fantastic local guitar teacher. He taught me to play guitar during his exciting & engaging lessons - I haven't looked back since!