Specialist tuition in acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele.
Pete has been a professional performer and teacher for more than 20 years and still divides his time between teaching and performing. He feels that performing live keeps his teaching fresh and inspiring, as working alongside other performers and with other musicians opens his eyes and ears to new possibilities.
He covers most genres – americana, folk, blues, country, bluegrass, new acoustic, singer-songwriter.
Pete is a fully qualified teacher and has taught in schools, colleges and adult education. He devises specially tailored programmes for children and young learners, keeping things lively and fun. For his adult students he focuses on the individual’s personal musical preferences
whilst working within a progressive and coherent musical framework.
- People learn instruments for all kinds of reasons so Pete can help you whether you want to:
- Learn to play for your own enjoyment or to play along with friends.
- Form your own band, or perform at sessions, open mics and acoustic clubs.
- Learn solos, instrumentals, rhythm styles or song accompaniment skills.
- Learn your instrument alongside relevant music theory.
- Work towards London College of Music grades in acoustic guitar.
- Write and record your own songs.
- Improve and develop existing skills.
If you are a new player Pete can start you from the very beginning in your chosen style or genre, working in a creative but structured way.
If you already play he can help you to overcome weaknesses in technique and introduce new skills and styles of playing.
For more experienced players Pete can help you to develop right hand and left hand fluency and can teach more advanced techniques in flatpicking, fingerpicking and strumming styles. He can also help you to explore open and altered tunings and create your own instrumentals and song accompaniments.
He is a registered tutor with RGT (Registry of Guitar Tutors) and can offer tuition towards RGT/London College of Music examinations.
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Pete teaches 5-string banjo from beginner to advanced level. He teaches both of the two main styles of playing, namely clawhammer and three finger styles.
Clawhammer banjo – sometimes referred to as frailing – is a style of playing used in American traditional music. It is a rhythmic style, great for playing tunes and for song accompaniment.
Three finger style, which is much used in bluegrass music, is another traditional American style popularised by players such as Earl Scruggs. It is also used for playing tunes and for song accompaniment.
For players new to the banjo Pete can discuss and demonstrate both styles, and students can choose to learn one or both.
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Mandolin and Ukulele lessons
The mandolin and ukulele are currently enjoying a surge in popularity and Pete can offer tuition in both.
For students of the mandolin he can teach folk and American styles in which the mandolin is used to play both the melody and chordal accompaniments.
The ukulele is used mainly to accompany songs and Pete can teach the strumming styles that make this a simple and fun instrument to play.
Pete welcomes all ages and abilities – his students currently range from 6 to 82yrs!
Pete teaches from his own spacious teaching studio well equipped with instruments and digital recording equipment allowing students to create a recording of their achievements as well as allowing Pete to record practice material for individual students.
All lessons are taught on a one-to-one basis and most students come weekly for either a one hour or half hour lesson.
His current rates are £25 per hour or £15 per half hour lesson.