Thank you for the possible opportunity to help you receive the best possible start in playing guitar, bass or drums.  


Since 2007 I have been committed to providing people with the highest quality of tuition available. My ongoing development, starting… Read more

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…

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What Are My Rates?

It all depends on the level of the student and what the student needs. The requirement of a young beginner is different to a self taught person of any age. Requirements also change over time as the student progresses. The…Read more

Is there a promise of playing in a band?

When students have reached a certain skill level in there reading and playing they will be invited to play together. I currently host jam sessions. This is a great option because people with similar skills and interests meet and learn… Read more

What kind of support will I have?

A successful music student is one who knows how to practice. It is the time between lessons which determines the level of success and pleasure the student gains from playing music. Learning how to practice is a skill in itself.… Read more

Are lessons taught individually or in groups?

Although groups may be a cheaper option initially and they may be available at a local school, they do not cater for individual learning needs. 

It is more cost effective to have quality individual lessons. Duo sessions add a great… Read more

The Make Up Lesson

I've decided to use the blog to communicate a few ideas and issues that come up from time to time.

One of those issues is the 'make up' lesson.

I cannot stress strongly enough that the 'make up' lesson replacement…Read more

Phil is my first drumming teacher. “I couldn’t play before, but now I can, thanks to his great teaching! I have improved 100%. I really like the way Phil encourages me with my drumming. I love playing his electronic kits. I look forward to every lesson. I love playing and learning new songs. I like how kind and encouraging he is when I make a mistake.”

Daniel Thompson

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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.

Hugh Rudd

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If you are considering taking lessons with Phil but are not sure yet, can I say give it a go, no matter which method you use. After starting with face to face lessons, I was surprised how efficient the internet based lessons are and the ability to log in from anywhere you have a connection and device is great. Phil is a patient and proficient teacher and his methods provide challenge and reward as you master your chosen instrument.

Micheal Morgan

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Phil helps me learn how to practise and shows me how to measure my own skill. I would say to people who wish to learn that with Phil you will learn the proper way to play as opposed to endless strumming with little technique. I also really enjoy the jams.

Matilda Sutton

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The single thing in Phils lessons which has helped the most is his thoroughness and patience. I would say to someone who is considering taking lessons with Phil to just give it a go. If you need to use Skype for lessons don't worry they are great, and more fun than you would think!

Rachel and Scarlett Rose

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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.

A J Keys

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