As well as my busy performing schedule, I am also a professional guitar teacher and I am based in Norwich, Norfolk, Engand. I teach guitar both privately and at schools/colleges. I am listed with the Registry Of Guitar Tutors (R.G.T.) in conjunction with London College Of Music and I am also an examiner.
What I Teach
No matter if you are a complete beginner or someone who has played the guitar for years and are stuck in a rut, my teaching method is the same. I teach you to think for yourself. Regardless of the style of music that you want to play, it is essential that you understand how the guitar is laid out. By this, I mean how to ‘visualize’ the guitar finger board.
How many people out there have bought a book or video, spent hours learning numerous scales, chords and arpeggios, only to find that a month later the book is gathering dust on your bookshelf and all that information is forgotten. Was it that you did not study the scales for long enough? Do the muddled fingerings on all those chords mean that you are just not good at remembering chords? No! The fact is that you are probably the same as most people in that there is no structure to the learning of all this information.
My method of teaching is simple. Know how to learn all this information and know how to apply it. For instance, everybody hates learning scales. Unfortunately, to be any good you need to know scales. If you take these scales for example;
If you play already, you might recognize these as the seven modes of the major scale. A book would probably show you seven patterns for these scales, although ideally you need a pattern for each scale starting on every string. This would mean learning 42 scale patterns! Then there’s the Melodic Minor scale. This scale contains another seven modes. That’s another 42 scale patterns! This all sounds as if you are going to spend the first few years of your guitar playing running up and down scales. This is not the case. If you understand how to visualize your guitar finger board in the right way, this time is dramatically reduced. Most of my pupils know all 42 of the first set of scale patterns. This took them not years or even weeks, but one lesson to learn. This is because they understand the way in which the guitar is laid out.
The same with chords. You can buy guitar chord books with up to 100000 chords! If you understand how chords work, you can make all these chords up yourself.
If you are interested in taking up guitar lessons, I live just outside Norwich. Please contact me if you would like more information.
Also check out my new book – The Paul Hill Guitar Theory And Technique Book.