With Mike G I am a full time music instructor with over 30 years of experience teaching, performing and writing music. I teach both steel string guitar (acoustic or electric) and classical (nylon string) guitar as well as the electric bass and the ukulele. I incorporate music theory into my lessons but can also teach theory by itself.
I cover rock, folk, pop, blues, jazz, gospel, country or classical. I teach fingerpicking and flat-picking. I strive to find a good balance each lesson between the study of reading, technique and music theory and learning songs you know and like. I have had excellent results with this approach such that many of my students have stayed and studied with me for over 5 years!
The calendar will display my availablity but it is difficult to keep it 100% up to date. I suggest emailing me to confirm current openings.
I look forward to the possibility of helping you reach your musical goals.
With Ben H About Ben Ben has been playing the guitar for approximately 20 years and teaching for 9 years. He is an RGT registered tutor and has an 100% pass rate for all his students who have undertaken instrumental grades. As well as having a background in music and performance, Ben also trained to be a Speech and Language Therapist. He is fascinated about the relationship between music and communication, and continues to explore and reflect upon this in his teaching work and personal life. He is greatly inspired by the music of Django Reinhardt, George Benson, Martin Taylor, Chet Atkins, Claude Debussy and Steely Dan. Students In his ongoing role as visiting guitar tutor at St Cuthbert’s Catholic Primary School, Kenton, Newcastle, Ben has been delivering guitar lessons to over 35 students in the school from 2015 – present. Ben has also supported the school in several musical productions and his contributions have enabled the school to excel in this area. Ben also currently teaches over 30 private students. Their ability ranges from absolute beginner to grade 8. Ben's teaching specialties often focus on classical, jazz and associated styles, but he has also been known to teach a little rock! Live & Recording Ben has a varied background in live performance, studio recording and directing ensembles. His session work in Manchester and Newcastle helped solidify his love of jazz and fingerstyle playing. He also performs and records with a pop trio, Tessera Skies. The band's most notable achievements include working with Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), performing at the BBC 6Music Festival and headlining the Sage Gateshead in the North East. The band have featured in many local and national publications such as Q and CLASH and have recieved airplay on Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, 6Music, BBC Newcastle, and Amazing Radio.