Guitar Lessons Leeds

Tailored lessons with an experienced guitar tutor can transform your playing.

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Benefits of Guitar Lessons

Not sure if guitar lessons are right for you? Check out this list of benefits of learning with me.

Clear goals

Get clarity on your goals, and step-by-step checklists, so you know exactly what to practice.

Get unlimited follow-up help in-between lessons.

Straightforward, flexible booking

Easy booking & rescheduling – online or by phone

Appointment reminders via email & text

No commitment to weekly lessons – lessons can be as flexible as you need

A qualified tutor

I teach professionally, with 5 years of experience teaching privately and in schools.

My guitar playing has been heard on Netflix, BBC Radio 6music, ITV, and BBC Radio 1.

Personalised lessons

I can create a course around the music you love, or recommend music from my library of songs.

Get pro standard TAB & transcriptions, or Video demonstrations, custom made for you.

Understand how music works

Learning songs by rote will only get you so far. I help my students understand how music works, so you can use & apply the knowledge to your own playing.

Get instant answers to your questions, in plain english.

A space made for learning

Well-equipped, spacious teaching room, with natural light

Borrow an instrument for lessons

Comfortable waiting area with WiFi, Tea & Coffee

Discounts & Offers

Refer a friend for lessons, and you both get £15 off your next lesson!

Enquire about multi-lesson discounts

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to have my own guitar to start lessons?

No – I have Electric or Acoustic spare guitars for students to use during the lesson. If you decide to carry on with lessons, you would need your own guitar to practice on at home. You are still welcome to use a spare if it’s more convenient.

How often do I need guitar lessons?

Most of my students take a lesson each week, with some learning twice a week, and some taking lessons fortnightly. Advanced students may only need one-off lessons. The frequency of lessons is totally up to you. I’m more than happy to work around your current work, family and social life to find a time for our guitar lessons that works best for the both of us.

Where are Leeds Guitar Lessons held?

I teach at my dedicated teaching room in Burley, Leeds LS4. There is plenty of free street parking, and good public transport links.

Can you come to my home for guitar lessons?

I do offer home visits – I charge for travel time at my hourly rate. Use the post code LS4 2DZ and Google driving directions to calculate approximate travel times. If you want to learn from home, but don’t want to spend anything extra, I can still teach quality lessons via Skype. Skype lessons can be recorded, and can be just as effective as lessons in person.

Do you teach beginners?

Of course! Many of my students were taught right from the beginning, with no previous musical knowledge whatsoever. I believe that anyone can learn with the right knowledge and regular practice. It’s a good idea to get help early on, so you can save yourself lots of time and frustration.

Do you teach children?

Yes, I have students as young as 7. For younger students, I recommend a shorter 30 minute lesson each week. As well as songs, these lessons will also involve musical games, finger ‘gym’, and listening activities. I have taught in primary schools, and have completed a course for Child Protection in Education (Music). Parents are welcome to sit in on the lesson. I have Wi-Fi, charging points, and free Tea & Coffee.

What’s the best guitar to buy for a beginner?

There’s no one-size-fits-all guitar – everyone has different tastes, dimensions, and price ranges to consider. My first guitar was from a car boot sale for £30, but I soon grew out of it. Make a trip to your local guitar shop, and ask for some advice. They should be able to give you some demonstrations, and let you try the guitar for size and feel. Be wary of cheap guitars as they could have playability issues, and could be uncomfortable to play.

Does Chris guide students through guitar grades?

I can guide students through Rockschool, Trinity Rock & Pop, or RGT Grades on Acoustic or Electric guitar. I have a 100% pass rate record for my students. Grades can be a good framework for learning, although I don’t view them as essential. I also offer real-world experiences, like student concerts and recording sessions.

How long will it take me to learn the guitar?

This is difficult to answer, as it at depends on so many variables – like how much time you put into practising, how dextrous your hands are, what level you are aiming for, and so on. The most important thing is to be consistent with playing at home, as this is where the real learning takes place. Playing 15 minutes a day is much better than trying to cram in 2 hours at the weekend.

Do I need to buy a book?

Your lesson materials will be provided at each lesson as high quality printouts. You will need to get a folder to keep things organised, and bring it to every lesson. I have a large library of handouts created over years of private teaching. I can also provide photos, video, and audio if you prefer not to read music/TAB.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule a lesson?

Lessons cancelled within 24 hours must be paid for and cannot be rescheduled.
Lessons cancelled with more than 24 hours notice can be rescheduled or skipped at no additional charge.

Can I purchase lessons for someone else?

Yes, Chris can create a printable e-voucher, to suit any budget. These make a great gift. Please confirm my availability before purchasing a voucher.

Do I need to speak with you before I book a lesson?

No – my online booking system saves time on back & forth messages. Just choose a slot and I’ll accept it on my end. After this, I may call to clarify a few things before your appointment.