Frequently Asked Questions

Please take a minute to view our FAQ page. This page has been constructed to help our students before they arrive or book their lessons. We get asked these questions on a daily basis so we thought our website is a good place to answer any questions you may have. If your question is not listed below please don’t hesitate to leave us a message by clicking the button at the bottom of this page. 

The Most Popular Questions 

1.) What guitar will I need for lessons?

This is entirely your choice and decided mainly by the styles of music you like to listen to. A good start is an electric guitar as it’s easier to play than an acoustic due to string thickness and size. 

2.) What guitar do you recommend?

We recommend a few guitars for beginner students to start with. There really is no point spending hundreds on a guitar until you’re sure it’s the right instrument for you. Here’s our recommendations for a decent budget guitar. 

Acoustic Guitar Recommendations 

  1. Fender Acoustic
  2. Yamaha Acoustic
  3. Yamaha APX Acoustic 

Electric Guitar Recommendations 

  1. Fender Electric
  2. Yamaha Electric 
  3. Epiphone Les Paul

Best Budget Amplifiers 

  1. Blackstar Fly
  2. BOSS Katana Mini
  3. Yamaha THR10
3.) What else will I need to bring?

Apart from your guitar we recommend the following items for a structured learning experience. Music stand, folder, clip on tuner, a variety of plectrums, and a CAPO.

4.) How long are your guitar lessons?

Guitar lessons with us are either 30 or 60 minutes in duration. This is entirely up to you which you chose, however we recommend child beginners to have 30 minutes per week. Adult beginners an hour per week and more advanced students to have an hour once every two weeks. Seasoned players wanting to study specialised subjects can chose once per month. 

5.) Can anyone play the guitar?

The answer to that is yes. We accept beginner to advanced students of all ages. Our eldest student to date is 70. If you have a condition which affects your hands this can be discussed prior to booking a lesson. Drop us a message to discuss this in more detail before you commit to booking. 

6.) How long until I start to notice improvements?

This is a hard question to answer as everyone is different and progress varies from student to student. However we will do our best to answer and say with regular daily practice of just 15-20 minutes you will notice massive improvements in your playing. 

7.) How long should I practice?

We recommend beginners to practice from 10-15 minutes as your fingers will be sore at first. 

Intermediate to advanced players should be looking at 30 – 60 minutes. The key here is quality of practice and not the quantity. We can help you with our practice plan template, just ask us in lesson to collect yours. 

8.) What strings shall I use?

We recommend Ernie Ball strings on all our electrics. The most common set are the super slinky 9’s to 42. The numbers just relate to string gauge and thickness. The smaller the number the thinner the strings. When you go to a guitar shop it’s very common to ask for a set of 9’s or 10’s. The staff will know exactly what you mean and you’ll feel super cool too. 

On acoustic guitars we fit all of ours with Elixir. Slightly more expensive but last for months. A standard gauge on acoustic are always heavier. For an acoustic you will want to ask for a set of gauge 12’s. 

9.) How do I know if I’m right or left handed?

This is determined from the natural way you would hold the guitar. Some people prefer to play left or right handed, right handed is most common. Just look at Jimi Hendrix though to prove there are no restraints to play left handed. 

10.) Do you do gift vouchers?

Yes we offer gift vouchers for all occasions. Guitar lessons are a great gift for Birthdays, Anniversaries, Christmas and more. Leave us a message if you would like to buy a gift voucher from us. You will receive a voucher with the students name on to give to them on their special occasion. 

11.) What makes you different from any other guitar lesson service?

All of our tutors are full time musicians and teachers so we are 100% invested in you progression. This is not a hobby for us, but our full time focus. 

We are passionate about our approach to teaching and are always available in between lessons to discuss anything you might be struggling with. 

Finally check out our extensive reviews on Google, Facebook and on our Reviews page. Let our students make that decision for you. 

12.) What’s your cancellation policy?

We require 24 hours notice for all confirmed lessons otherwise a full lesson payment will be charged. Please read our Terms & Conditions for more details. 

13.) Where do lessons take place?

Our lessons can either take place at your home location across Bristol or at our studio in Keynsham. There are benefits for both choices, home lessons are better for making children feel more relaxed in their own home. Our studio lessons are better for having all our resources and music available. Also lessons at our studio tend to have more availability due to no travel time. 

14.) What styles of music do you teach?

We teach all styles of popular music. We specialise in Pop, Rock, Blues & Country however a lot of these styles share similar techniques and skills. We don’t teach Classical guitar, your would need to look elsewhere for this. 

15.) Do you teach the grades?

Yes we are experienced in teaching the grades. The grading syllabus we chose to teach is the RGT. We believe this to be the most structured and enjoyable grades to learn. 

16.) Can anyone study grades?

Yes of course, we will support anyone who wishes to participate in the grading exams. However we would say in our experience it takes a certain kind of student who is committed to their practice and progression to do well here. 

17.) Can I just play for fun and enjoyment?

Yes of course, we all initially start for this reason. Some then decide to take it more seriously once they become addicted to the instrument. Others are happy to continue playing for fun and purely as a stress relief after a long day at work. We will support whatever type of student you are. 

18.) How much will I need to practice?

Without sounding too strict here you will need to practice to make steady progress. If you’re just looking to play in your lessons and not within the week we are not the right lesson service for you. We use a weekly diary to track practice and progress. We’re only human also and would love to practice more also, we understand our lives are hectic, as long as we can see a student making a good effort we are happy. 

19.) Is there a contract for lessons?

While we take our students and lessons seriously we don’t believe in tying our students up with contracts. Remember this is guitar lessons and not buying a house. We are fair to all of our students and we feel this works in both directions. 

20.) What age should I start learning?

The earlier the better really. At a younger age there are less distractions and the learning is much quicker. We recommend from age 8 onwards for younger students. Adults can learn at any age, providing you have the time outside of your lessons to practice. 

21.) When do you teach?

We teach Monday to Friday 9am – 9pm. Some of our tutors also work Saturday and Sunday. Get In Touch to check availability.

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