Our Teacher Profiles, Pictures and Videos

Hi everyone,

At Bruce Music we have the best, most personable instrumental teachers in London.  We hire only the pick of London’s young musicians, those who match our ethos of enjoyment, encouragement and motivation, and who are active in the worlds of performance, composition and education.

This post is to direct you to their profiles and pictures so you can see the quality on offer, and enjoy the virtuoso skills in their performance videos too.

Our London Guitar Teacher Profiles

Our London Piano Teacher Profiles

And our Guitar Teacher performance videos – including a competition winning classical Guitar performance from Daniel, a blazing Guitar solo at the Royal Albert Hall from Vic, Nina soloing at Glastonbury, Jack’s virtuoso percussive Acoustic skills, and much more.

Enjoy!

-Alex

London Guitar Lessons

London Piano Lessons

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Blues Guitar Lessons From The Stars

Welcome to a special blog post which pulls together some of the best rockstar masterclasses available online.  Today we’re focusing on Blues Guitar, with 4 great video lessons from 3 of the best Blues guitarists of all time, between them spanning the last 7 decades of Guitar music.

First up, B.B. King, with 2 great clips from 2012, in which he talks about his phrasing, famous vibrato, bending and stretching:

And this other one on soloing:

Here’s a short but sweet clip of someone B.B. King inspired heavily, Eric Clapton, from 1968:

And subsequently, someone Clapton inspired heavily, John Mayer.  Here’s a playlist of his visit to the famous Berklee music school, in which he offers insight into many aspects of Blues guitar, soloing and songwriting:

Enjoy!

-Alex Bruce

Guitar Lessons London

Piano Lessons London

Guitar Lessons Uk-Wide!

Hi Everyone,

Our Bruce Music London network has now spread and incorporates the whole of the UK.

We are providing our same high standard of tuition and service throughout the UK, in all major cities and regional areas.

To enquire about our teachers in your area, Get in touch!

Happy playing!

-Alex

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Guitar Beginners’ FAQ Part 2 – How Long Will It Take To Learn?

Hi everyone,

Here’s part 2 in our new series of answers to Guitar Beginners’ FAQ.  Find Part 1 here and General Guitar Lesson FAQ here.

Onto question 2 then,

“How Long Will It Take Me To Learn?”

Just like Question 1, this is something you probably know the answer to better than we do.  If you’re someone who is willing to put in the practice time, and who perseveres with things, and perhaps even more importantly loves music and has a strong desire to play it, then the answer is not very long at all.  If these things don’t apply, then a lot longer, if at all!

But before getting into all that, we need to define “learn”.  – Learn what? How will you know when you’re someone who “can play”?  Furthermore, just about all the greatest musicians of our time and recent history have at one point or another said something along the lines of “you have to never stop learning”, “The journey is never over” and so on.

If you’ll consider yourself somebody who plays the guitar once you can strum “Wonderwall” then generally speaking, it won’t take as long as it takes to play Stairway To Heaven start to finish.

So our outlook, and advice to you would be that playing the guitar is a concept that is made up of a multitude of different elements and aspects, each differing to another in difficulty, and again from person to person, based upon how naturally musical you are, previous instrumental experience, or willingness to put in the practice time.

So the quickest way to learn is to forget about having a number of weeks in mind and immerse yourself in the material, the practice and the passion for the instrument and music as a whole.

– Might sound a bit of a dry, boring answer, but when you’re blasting out songs and riffs really soon you’ll be very happy indeed!

So, ANSWER:  Shut up and get on with it! 🙂

Happy playing!

-Alex

Guitar Lessons London

Piano Lessons London

Quick Practice Tips – Daily Blog – Day 4

Welcome to day 4 and another brand new expert Guitar practice tip from our London Guitar Teachers

Tip 4:  End on a high note!

Whatever’s In your practice routine, or whatever new things you’re covering that day, finish on a positive.  Don’t walk away from the guitar having just had an unsuccessful moment.  You’re a guitarist who is always improving and developing and aspiring to something, so don’t finish a session on a negative note.

Of course, this includes being aware that what a positive note is can be a sliding scale.  If you’re trying to increase your speed of a solo from 60 bpm to 200 bpm, then finishing a practice session having worked it up to 90 bpm is a hugely positive step.  Remember this!  You don’t have to have literally completed everything in order to finish positively.

The point is – resolve any problems or confusions before you finish

Day 5’s tip coming tomorrow.

Good luck and happy playing!

-Alex

Guitar Lessons In London

Piano Lessons In London

Quick Practice Tips – Daily Blog – Day 3

Welcome to the third day in our new daily blog series offering you expert practice tips, to maximise your time and your improvement on Guitar or Piano

You can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here

Tip 3:  Slow Down!

Learning and practising new material at slow tempos is advised so often that most of us are sick of hearing it, and we were almost tempted not to include it.

The problem is, aspiring Guitarists and Pianists generally speaking are still not taking this advice.  It’s too tempting to try and play at full speed, or at least faster than you should, straight away.  This is because you’re frustrated at not being able to play at the actual tempo yet.

However, this approach will extend and multiply your frustration!  If you’re willing to put in a relatively small amount of time, learning the correct techniques, fingering and phrasing at a slow speed, then once you’ve nailed it, speeding up is easy!  Often, in fact, unless what you’re learning is some sort of Satriani/Chopin speed shred-athon, you can instantly speed up to the required tempo.  Simple!

So slow down!

Tip 4 coming tomorrow.

-Alex

London Guitar Lessons

London Piano Lessons