Guitar Lessons for Kids & Teenagers in Leeds & Online

A New Approach to Guitar Tuition

Most kids see guitar practice as “more homework”. Learning guitar can be an uphill struggle, especially in the beginning.

I don’t think it needs to be difficult. It can be easy, in fact, if you approach it in the right way. With my programme, children are playing music from day one – but more importantly, kids love coming to lessons! So what makes my lessons different?

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Just a handful of my happy students at a virtual concert during lockdown

The problem with traditional guitar lessons

Traditionally, guitar lessons are taught like this: Teachers teach facts or introduce songs, as well as some scales or exercises, and the student is expected to practise on their own at home.

If the student didn’t understand a concept, or didn’t have a full grasp of the song during the lesson, it’s likely that they won’t feel confident picking the guitar up at home.

If the student doesn’t really like the song, it’s likely that they won’t feel inspired to pick up the guitar at home.

The Practice Problem

As the next lesson approaches, the student might feel stressed or overwhelmed. They might try to cram in a longer practice session before the lesson, only to have forgotten most of what was learned. Or, they might just pick up bad habits. Either way, the next guitar lesson becomes about “fixing mistakes”, and going over the same old song again.

Now, I’m not saying this approach is always wrong, or that teachers who use this approach aren’t good teachers. As a matter of fact, this is pretty much the way I was taught, and I used this ‘traditional’ approach for my own teaching, too! But it can contribute to a problem – the practice problem. Practice feels like homework, and lessons can feel like a test. Ultimately, if this carries on, the student is likely to quit.

My Accelerator Guitar programme is different. After 7 years of trying, I found a better way to teach:

My unique Accelerator Guitar Programme ticks off all five, and I’d love for you to try it.

Would you like more information about my guitar lessons before you book an introductory lesson? Click the button below.

Real Results

Designed to solve the practice problem, my guitar lessons are both fun for the student, and stress-free for parents. Many of my students have gone on to perform on stage, record their own songs, or pass grades with flying colours.

Modern & Popular Songs

Students get a chance to play a wide range of music, from Rock Classics, to TV Themes and modern pop. When they get to choose their favourite songs, children are much more likely to enjoy playing.

Step-By-Step Programme

Instead of choosing lessons or songs at random, songs & skills are carefully organised and sequenced. Students stay engaged with songs that are just challenging enough, and they'll always know what to do next.

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Testimonials

My daughter had guitar lessons at school for over two years and could only play one song so I though a fresh approach might just be required. My daughter has now been taught by Chris for the last year and is now confident enough to play in a band and also writes her own songs, an amazing turnaround.
Selina Cleasby
Parent, Leeds
Chris is a brilliant tutor. Our son is really enjoying learning the Guitar and is looking forward to learning more in the future. Chris is very encouraging and supportive, we have been really pleased to have found him as a music teacher.”
Joanne Ward
Parent, Leeds
First and foremost I want to thank Chris for opening up a new world for my 9 year old, a complete beginner who developed an interest in listening to guitar during lockdown and then wanting to play it, We came across Chris on the Internet and was reassured by reading the testimonials and the fact that Chris offered a very structured approach tailored to the students ability. She's only a few weeks into her lessons now and from playing no guitar she is now playing a good few songs (8 songs) confidently, and is absolutely loving her lessons and practice. Chris has everything in place to ensure a good structured lesson, everything from booking appointments to accessing songbooks, and communication all is straightforward, clear and very efficient. Chris is excellent at explaining, correcting and encouraging my 9 year old and with each lesson her confidence grows. Highly recommended.
Shazia Akhtar
Parent, Leeds
Chris has been teaching my teenage daughter for over 18 months now and she is still as enthusiastic about his lessons as she was on the first! He has tailored her lessons to incorporate her favourite music whilst also introducing her to artists she is not familiar with, and her progress has been great to see. The lessons are always well structured and the time and effort he puts into planning these is obvious. Chris is enthusiastic, friendly and clearly a talented musician! Highly recommended!
Emma Dibb
Parent, Leeds

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About Chris

I’m Chris Morton, and I’ve been teaching guitar lessons in Leeds for 9 years. I help kids & teenagers play the music they love, while building their skills. With school teaching experience and a unique teaching approach, I’m well-equipped to teach children age 7 and up.

When I’m not teaching, I write & record music. My most recent project Team Picture toured the UK, and our music was played on BBC Radio 6 music, Radio 1, Radio X, BT Sport, and a Netflix series. I’ve also done TV work on acoustic guitar for an ITV series, which aired in 2019.

FAQ

What ages can join kids guitar lessons?

I teach children aged 7 and up (School Year 3+). I also have teenage students on this programme.

Do you teach Electric or Acoustic Guitar?

I teach both, although I don’t teach “Classical” guitar music. Some students start on electric and some on acoustic – both ways work!

What is Accelerator Guitar?

It’s my unique programme for children & teenagers, designed for faster progress & stress-free learning. It’s the most effective, engaging way for kids to learn guitar (in my opinion, of course).

What credentials do you have?

  • 9 years full-time teaching experience
  • 22 years experience on guitar
  • BA (Hons) Popular Music Studies Degree
  • RGT Grade 8 Electric Guitar
  • ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory

Do you offer a trial Lesson?

Yes! The trial lesson is free (I take a refundable deposit to secure your slot). For the first lesson, you don’t need to own a guitar. I want you to be happy before committing to regular sessions and purchasing an instrument.

What about safeguarding?

I have a full, enhanced DBS check, which is renewed annually. I’m also certified with a course in Child protection in Education (Music).

My Students Get Results

Here are a few messages from parents whose children passed exams. I don’t see exams as compulsory or essential. Grades shouldn’t be used as a ‘motivator’ for practice. My approach is to have students learn the songs from the syllabus first, then introduce the idea of taking the exam only when they are confident in their playing & motivated to practise.

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