Teaching

Specialist tuition in acoustic guitar, banjo and ukulele.

Pete has been a professional performer and teacher for more than 30 years and still divides his time between teaching and performing

He covers most genres but specialises in Americana, folk, blues, country and bluegrass.

If you wish to sing as well, he can (as a singer himself) help you to develop performance skills.

Lessons are taught on either a one-to-one basis from his home studio in Bridlington, East Yorkshire or over Skype or Zoom.

His current rates are £30 per hour or £15 per half hour lesson.

 

Guitar lessons

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.

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Banjo lessons

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 picking.

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, Whilst originating in the old time traditional music of the Appalachians it is currently being used by many excellent young players in a whole range of settings.

Three finger picking, 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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Ukulele lessons

The ukulele is currently enjoying a surge in popularity and is used mainly to accompany songs. Pete can teach the strumming styles that make this a simple and fun instrument to play as well as finger-style ukulele.