Meet Our Guitar Teachers – Video Performances

Hi everyone,

Here’s a chance to meet our guitar teachers who cover London and the surrounding areas.

On our website we feature a page of Guitar Teacher profiles, listing our teachers’ information, qualifications, experience and successes.

And here below is a video playlist featuring performances by a selection of our Guitar teachers – From home studio performances, to Classical Guitar competition recitals, to Glastonbury to The Albert Hall.

We hope you enjoy the great playing featured in the videos, and we’ll post soon when we upload some videos of our newest teachers too.

-Alex

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Guitar Themed TBT Part Two

Welcome to part 2 in our Guitar-themed TBT (Throwback Thursday) mini series.

You can find part 1 here.

Again, we’re featuring 3 great Guitar videos from days gone by.  Just as part 1 contained performances from 1959, 1969 and 1979, now’s the time for 1989, 1999 and 2009.  So here we go!

1) 1989 – Night Of The Guitar

2) 1999 – Guitar Boogie – Tommy Emmanuel

3) 2009 – Joe Bonamassa Live 

Enjoy!

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Easter Special Offer!

Welcome to the latest Bruce Music blog post.  This post is to tell you all about some great Easter Discount offers on Guitar Lesson and Piano Lesson bookings!

On April Fools Day, Wednesday 1st April, we are offering 50% discount on any lessons booked, for any point in time, as long as the booking is made on April Fools Day.  (We really, seriously, actually are, I promise!)

The same offer of half price lessons is then running all Easter Weekend.  Friday 3rd April – Monday 6th April.

We have some fantastic Guitar Teachers and Piano Teachers who travel to you, anywhere in Greater London and the surrounding areas.

To discuss further or to book, please call Alex Bruce on 07749 918143, or visit our website here:

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Happy Easter!

Piano Lessons Site Launch

We are delighted to announce the launch of our Piano Lessons London website, which you can find at www.pianolessons.london

The Piano Tuition branch of Bruce Music continues our existing ethos of enjoyment, encouragement and motivation, and only employing the best, most personable teachers in London.

So we are now offering both Piano AND Guitar lessons to students anywhere in Greater London and the surrounding areas.

Existing students can earn multiple free lessons for any new student referrals, and non-students can earn the cash equivalent.

So please help us spread the word about both our exciting websites!

Upcoming blogs – New Piano teacher profiles, Music Theory help, and What Guitar to buy?

-Bruce Music
Piano Lessons London
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September Special Offers!

Welcome to this post about some extra special offers on Guitar Lesson Packages, running until 8th September only for the “Back To School” season.  We are offering:

  • 12 Lessons for the price of 10 (Usually 11 for 10)
  • 6 Lessons for the price of 5 (Usually buy 5 receive a free accesory)

We also have a new and improved referrals policy, meaning once you’re onboard, you can receive multiple free lessons just for referring a single new student to us.

Find out everything you need to know via the following useful links:

Guitar Lessons London

Guitar Lesson Info

Guitar Teacher Profiles

Guitar Teacher Videos

FAQ

 

-Alex

Masterclass 1 – Mark Knopfler

Welcome to the first of several posts linking you to masterclass resources online.  The first is a 3-part Mark Knopfler Masterclass.  It’s From the late 90’s and so is a bit retro looking now, but his tips are timeless!

 

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Common Questions From Beginners

Today I’m going to answer some of the most common questions beginner students tend to have.  Some from absolute beginners, some from students a month or two down the line.  Hopefully you find it useful!

1)  What Guitar Should I Buy?  Should I start on Electric or Acoustic?

  • Our website has a whole page on what guitar to buy.  So make sure you have a look at that.
  • Electric Vs. Acoustic –  That’s really down to you.  On Electric Guitar it’s easier to play in the sense that the strings are usually closer to the neck and therefore require less pressure and the frets and body are smaller.  However, with an Acoustic, you don’t require an amp, you’ll get a fuller “strum-along” type sound and you’ll keep your neighbours happy!  It’s your choice.

2)  How Do I Tune My Guitar?

  • First of all – Buy yourself a guitar tuner.  Preferably a clip-on one, as these work on vibrations so you can use it on any guitar, electric/acoustic/classical/bass, even a ukulele or mandolin.  You’re not having to also buy or rely on leads and cables, and it’s a very small, portable item.
  • Make sure you know what notes the strings should be – E A D G B E
  • With your tuner on, play each string at a time, and adjust it higher or lower (tighter or looser) until the display shows the correct pitch.

3)  How Do I Change Between Chords Faster?

  • Firstly, look out for common notes between the chords, are there fingers that don’t need to move in a chord change?
  • Try to move your fretting hand from one chord to the next as a whole, rather than one finger at a time.
  • Look ahead.  Don’t leave the chord change until the last second.  Be prepared, looking ahead as you play, ready to change.
  • Use the last up-strum in the bar / last half-beat as changeover time, strumming up across the open strings as you change chord shape then strum down into the new chord

 

4)  How Can I Get Better With Barre Chords?

  • Make sure your thumb is halfway down the back of the neck, squeezing the neck between your thumb and index finger.
  • This shape is all in the fingers, not the wrist.  Your arm shouldn’t be bending in a crazy almost-right-angle at the wrist.  Bend at the elbow and fingers!
  • If you practise changing from an open chord, to a barre chord, in a loop, for 1 minute, every day for a week, you’ll be pretty close.  Just do it!

5)  What Songs Should I Learn

  • In your lessons, we will ask you what your favourite songs/bands/artists are and teach you some of those that are simple enough for your current level
  • We will also teach you some of the classic, tried-and-tested, useful songs to learn for your development.

Through these 2 simultaneous approaches, you will both develop in the style you love and also be exposed to new material.

 

For any questions of your own, please feel free to leave a comment below, or get in touch via our website : Guitar Lessons London

 

-Alex