Steve Waye "EXPERT MUSIC TUITION"
My teaching practice was established in North West London in 1983. I am an LCCM preferred tutor and was for many years a registered tutor with the Registry of Guitar Tutors, as well as an Examiner. I teach all ages and levels from beginner to advanced and have achieved a 100% success rate in graded exams from preliminary to grade eight and beyond. There are several ex students who are teaching guitar in various locations who came to me at the start of their playing careers, as well as guys and girls playing in bands some professionally. Since moving to the fens I am glad to say I have managed to continue teaching to the same high level. Read on for more information.
Most styles of guitar playing are covered, Jazz to Pop, Rock to Classical, Country to Finger style, acoustic or electric.Chords, scales, music reading, theory and improvisation, all served up in a gumbo of opportunity to learn from the start or improve your already established playing techniques. Graded exams are available with a world wide recognised qualification, covering most styles of guitar playing including classical. These are however in no way mandatory. So if you're tired of trotting out those same old tired licks, or just want to learn to play, get in touch so that we can discuss your requirements.
BASS GUITAR LESSONS
The Bass Guitar is probably the most misunderstood instrument of the guitar world."Well, it's only got four strings, it must be easy, well mustn't it?" I'm afraid that's along way from the truth. In order to lift the bass player out of those interminable one note, root note bass lines, the student will be taught to construct, lines while improvising a bass part to a previously unseen chord chart. Reading, theory, harmony and techniques are all included in these comprehensive lessons. Graded Exams are also available, however I must stress are not mandatory. Beginners and improvers are welcome.
I Should point out that I was a pro Bass player for many years and have recorded as such, so I don't teach bass like a guitar player but rather, as a bass player. Please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Probably the greatest difficulty encountered by most people learning to play the Piano, is the co-ordination of the left and right hands. To achieve that synchronisation I use a system that involves first learning to use the right hand followed in quick succession by the left. In no time at all your hands will be running over the keys and creating music. Music notation and theory also form part of these lessons. It should be obvious that for the more advanced student, different strategies are employed. An acoustic piano is not a requirement as an electronic keyboard can be used. Grades are available but not mandatory.
The process is pretty much identical to the piano, as most if not all techniques are applicable to both instruments. Keyboards do have the advantage of being relatively inexpensive and require less space in the house.
This style is taught in a different way to the shall we say more mainstream styles of guitar playing. It relies much more on reading skills and the application of classical guitar techniques. It also revolves more around pieces and doesn't generally deal with improvisation, although of course you can play any sort of music on a nylon strung "Classical Guitar."
Graded exams are available but also not insisted upon.
I AM SORRY TO SAY THAT DUE TO COVID ALL LESSONS ARE ONLINE AT PRESENT, BUT OF COURSE THAT WILL SUIT OUR INTERNATIONAL FRIENDS.
ON THE UPSIDE THESE PAST MONTHS I HAVE MOST DEFINITELY UPGRADED MY BROADBAND AND COMPUTERS AND INDEED MY SKILLS AT TEACHING FROM A DISTANCE.
Music is a language well worth learning and a skill that has to be acquired. Only when one has acquired these attributes, is it possible to engage in making art that is worthwhile. We can however make the learning process as much fun as possible. It is however worth remembering that music is 90% perspiration and 10%
Steve Waye 2020
In the late 90's I spent some considerable time going each week to Merton College to study Guitar Building. While there I built two acoustic guitars which I still own and often play. Among other things this allows me to give students valuable advice about buying and looking after their instruments. It also enables me to offer full set ups and servicing as well as more advanced processes such as fret dressing.