Roy Johnson Music

 

Guitar Tuition

 

 

Foundations

The key to developing any skill is to develop sound understanding of the basic concepts. In the case  of the guitar this includes posture, left and right hand technique and position. If these can be established in the early stages it will enable accuracy, speed and clarity of the playing in the future, while avoiding the aches and pains that can be caused otherwise. Iíll work hard to either set solid foundations from the beginning or to correct any issues that may have already arisen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examinations

 

Students and teachers either love or hate exams. Below Iíve listed some prosí and consí but am happy to discuss this with students, but a decision to take exams can be made at any time.

Practical Exams

Pros

  • Encourages a broad base of guitar skills, pieces, scales, aural skills etc
  • Provides a forum for performance
  • Good for experiencing playing under pressure
  • Enable progress to be measured against a standard benchmark
  • Requires a disciplined and focussed approach
  • Typical route to further study, diplomas etc

Cons

  • Cost of exam entry
  • Examination of skills that may not be immediately relevant to the student

For Classical and Acoustic Guitar I am currently using the RGT / LCM  Classical and Acoustic Guitar syllabuses respectively.

Theory Exams

I am not currently entering students for Theory Exams but I teach relevant theory where it supports a practical topic. I am happy to introduce beginners to the formal early grades using the Associated Examining Board if it is important to the student.

Musicality

 

Playing an instrument is more than just playing the notes. During our sessions we will have the opportunity to develop four key musical concepts; tone, volume, phrasing, rhythm and listening. In terms of listening this means critically listening to yourself and listening and being sympathetic to other musicians who may be playing with you. These are four things that can shape a good performance into a great one.

Performance

Performance is an art that needs to be practised. My view is that a performance can be given at any age and at any ability. The audience can be a recording device, teacher, parent, family and friends and potentially an audience at Madison Square Gardens! A teaching environment is a friendly place to develop the art or performing and one where thanks to technology and a sympathetic teacher immediate and positive feedback can be gained.

Styles

 All styles of guitar playing benefit from a player having a good technique. In the early stages of learning the guitar many of the techniques developed stay with the player for life and are transferable to different styles of playing whether it be folk accompaniment, classical or electric blues etc.

My focus is Classical, Song accompaniment and traditional tune accompaniment. For those particularly interested in accompanying traditional music there will be a strong focus on rhythm and alternative chords.

I am happy to teach students on the electric guitar as in the early days many techniques are transferable and can support students who wish to take the early stages Rock School exams. Electric guitar lessons will provide the students with oporyunity to

  • learn pentatonic scales and patterns
  • develop skills in improvising solos
  • use of power and moveable chords
  • develop skills in rythmic playing
  • learn favourite guitar riffs