Guitar, Bass, and Drums Tuition

 

Do you want a free introductory guitar, drums or bass lesson or assessment of your ability?

Are you looking for the best value guitar, drums or bass lessons?

Do you have musical dreams, goals, or aspirations that you want to achieve?

Do you have any guitar, drums or bass learning problems that you want solved?

Are you just beginning and don’t know what to do?

Are you getting nowhere being self-taught?

Do you feel you have outgrown your current teacher?

Need help with your music performance?

Do you want to be taught by someone who learns from the best and teaches to the highest standard?

 

If your answer is yes to any of the above questions then contact me.

 

For more information please read my FAQs.

 

Hi I'm Phil Hartshorn

I have 20 years of music knowledge and experience; 10 years of primary teaching experience, and teaching privately, full time, for the last 8. I am very keen to provide the best possible start for beginners, and to help existing players move on to even higher levels. 

You have just begun playing, or would like to, and you don’t know what to do?

There are so many options about how to learn. There is so much information. How can you make sure you are doing the right thing? Answer, find the best teacher you can find and then do what he says, simple. In short, contact me.   

Yes I have been delivering the best value Guitar, Bass and Drumming lessons for the past 8 years.

My students have held the top positions available in schools and the community, and excelled in them.

Are you getting nowhere being self-taught?

You most probably would have had a few experiences as a self taught player. I was one once too so I know what you have been through. Unfortunately it can take a while for the realisation to take hold that you are getting nowhere. Because of my own experiences I have a fair amount of empathy with this. So I am going to give up some of my precious practise time to tell you...

It is good for you to keep those dreams and aspirations alive.

There is a wonderful lyric in Peter Gabriels' song Mercy Street For Anne Sexton:

Looking down on empty streets, all she can see

Are the dreams all made solid

Are the dreams all made real

All of the buildings, all of those cars

Were once just a dream

In somebody's head

Learning how to play is the path to building upon a dream. The skills required and learned while studying the instrument are universal. You are learning how to put a dream or goal into existence. You are learning how to learn. You are learning how to succeed, and you are learning that dreams and goals are real and can happen.

That sense of excitement you have when thinking about music never goes away. My first guitar was a tennis racquet. Boy did it sound good. I'm lucky, my playing now sounds as good as my childhood dreams.

Your dreams might be like mine, or more specific. With the right guidance you can work towards and achieve them and learn a lot more in the process

Damon Spijkerbosch Drummer/ Guitar Player

"The difference between Phil and other teachers is that he doesn't just teach me to play. He has taught me to learn: the most important skill you can learn, and a skill I now put into many other aspects of my life..."

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Yes it is true, not all guitar, bass and drums teachers are the same

Your teacher may not be a bad teacher but one you may have out grown. You may have begun with one of a great quantity of people who will show you a few chords or drumming rhythms and then get you to play a few songs.

It is time to move on to a professional teacher when you begin to have a few questions like, which chords go together well?, or why are others learning to play other instruments reading music and I'm not? I'm just reading lyric sheets with chords on the top. How do I know when to play a drum fill? How do I know I'm practising properly? What are the notes on the guitar or bass?

Everything is learned. Natural talent is a myth. You can play well. I am passionate about doing it right. I want you to succeed with your instrument. In time you will be able to play any song you want with confidence and strength.

 

"I saw Phil mentioned in the school newsletter. I decided to go ahead because Phil was not based at school. I thought his level of teaching would be higher which is what I wanted. I have had lessons for four years, including Skype lessons. I had lessons previously but it didn't work. I tried the internet but that didn't help. It was very frustrating.

Taking lessons with Phil has meant I can now play really well. All aspects of his teaching are good, really good. The single thing that has helped me is the high standard in everything. He has shown me how to play the chords correctly, to read music, which is so important, and dynamics.

 

You should take of take lessons with Phil. If you are thinking about it just go ahead. I started with guitar. I have now added drums"

 

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Do you feel your progress is slow, or even think you are stuck?

I can help you move ahead. I'll encourage you to ask questions. I'll evaluate your playing and then show you what to focus on. I plan to build an environment where you will have access with other players of your ability.

 

An environment to help players succeed.

 

I plan to build a place where people will know their individual level. They will be able to monitor their success, even daily. In addition there will be opportunities for jam sessions, seminars, and performance groups. An environment will be built which will help you as you move ahead in your ability and knowledge of music on Guitar, Bass or Drums.

 

Just contact me.

For more information please read my FAQs.

 

Since 2007 I have been committed to providing people with the highest quality tuition on guitar, bass and drums.

 

The Big Picture: Learning Guitar, Bass or Drums

Hugh Rudd

Phil Hartshorn is a great guitar teacher. He's friendly, funny and encouraging!!!

He is also very good at making people understand the situation. So don't worry about thinking that your kid comes home and tells you "I don't know what Phil was talking about". Because that won't happen.

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AJ Keys

AJ KeysIf you are considering taking lessons with Phil but are not sure yet, can I say just do it. Lessons with Phil will help incredibly with your playing. You will notice a huge improvement.

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