For more information please read on, look at my FAQ and view my introductory video.
I have over 20 years of music knowledge and experience; 10 years of primary teaching experience, and teaching privately, full time, since 2007. I am very keen to provide the best possible start for beginners, and to help existing players move on to even higher levels.
It is a very confusing decision to make. It doesn't help to know that anyone can advertise as a music teacher as there are no enforceable standards in music education. Even asking friends for advice could be problematic if your friends are not musicians. This is why I have asked a few students to comment on their experience, and why I have created some videos to explain what is involved, and tried to answer a few FAQs. Hopefully the message you'll receive is I provide the most comprehensive modern music teaching in guitar, bass, and drums in the area.
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.
My students have held the top positions available in schools and the community, and excelled in them.
Are you thinking like this....Yes you can see that I can help your child, but I look expensive. The cheap ones look like a better option. If my child does well in those we could then think about better lessons later...
Believe me when I say this is a costly road to take....
Learning how to play is difficult, probably the hardest thing your child has ever done. Learning from a professional to provide the best possible start is important. This is why I offer low cost Saturday lessons for beginners. Your child will then be able to begin:
reading music on the instrument;
learning how to practise and feel good about doing it;
learning how to measure and feel success when playing;
understanding the importance of beat;
playing to songs as soon as possible;
jamming with others as soon as;
potential rewards for awesome playing.
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...
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
"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..." Read More
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" Read More
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.
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.
Since 2007 I have been committed to providing people with the highest quality tuition.
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.”
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.
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.