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Your Teacher – Rob MacKillop
Where? – 2, Orchard Brae Gardens West, Edinburgh EH4 2HL
Fees: I charge £35 per hour OR £32 per hour for block-booking ten lessons
I am a very experienced and dedicated teacher of various styles of guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin, and lute. Very often students come for ten weeks or so, have a break for a couple of months to assimilate the tuition, and return for a further ten or so lessons. Some continue that way for a number of years, whilst others find that four lessons has been enough to point them in the right direction, and off they go. Some have lessons weekly, some fortnightly, and others every now and then. Everyone is different, and I will do my utmost to ensure you have the tuition that is right for you. Contact: (0131) 343 2195 or write: firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in learning guitar, ukulele, or lute? Finding a good teacher is harder than finding a good instrument. There are many, many guitar teachers around today, and many of those have only been playing a very short time. Take your time in choosing an experienced teacher – in the long run it could save you a lot of time and a lot of money. Rob MacKillop has been teaching for over twenty years: – Lecturer in Guitar and Lute, Royal Scottish Academy of Music, Glasgow (5 years) – Lecturer in Guitar and Lute , Napier University, Edinburgh (9 years) – Eight CDs – four of them solo – Editions of guitar and ukulele books published by Mel Bay, the worlds biggest guitar publisher – Awarded Churchill Fellowship for musical activities – Certificate in Jazz Studies from St Andrews University – Performed with all the main Scottish professional orchestras – Taught for many years in schools and privately – Reviewer for Music Teacher magazine – Lecturer in Blues, Jazz, Classical and Traditional music at Scottish universities – Musician In Residence to Queen Margaret University 2005-2010 – Article Writer for BMG (Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar) magazine 2009-2011
I love teaching beginners. The first few lessons are the most important you will ever have. Many beginners don’t have an instrument. I can help you choose one that is right for you. I want my students to have the best instrument they can afford, and I have a good relationship with the Edinburgh guitar stores.You need to think carefully about the style you want to learn: classical, blues, rock, folk, traditional, world, acoustic, electric. I could give you an introduction to all of the above, to help you make your mind up. Maybe you want a mixture of a few styles? Or maybe you want to learn to write your own songs? Are there a few artists whose style you would like to emulate? What about theory? It certainly helps you become an accomplished musician, but most theory books are for classical musicians or advanced jazz musicians. It is difficult to see the wood for the trees. I could help you understand the basics – what is a key? how are chords put together? how can I improvise a solo? etc, etc.
It is very common for people who have been playing for a couple of years, or even decades, to hit a brick wall (sometimes literally!). Maybe your technique is letting you down, or you have lost direction/enthusiasm, or you want to change stylistic direction? As a beginner, you assimilated a lot of information, and now possibly feel overwhelmed by it all? Or maybe you’ve just had a break and want to get started again? Usually post-beginners have more of an idea of the style they want to develop. There are books out there to help, but most are too confusing. I could help you hone in on what you need in order to get to where you want to go. Maybe you don’t want a style – you want to develop your own voice? Great. I can help you with that too. Classical players often want to learn some improvisation, or traditional finger-picking styles. Rock players often want to study classical technique. Blues players often want to learn slide or delve into jazz. Or maybe you want to get deeper into what you have already been studying?
Improvisers – learn advanced use of modes, pentatonics, hexatonic bi-chordalism, free chromaticism, quartal harmony, etc, etc – for rock, blues and jazz players Classical – learn stylistic ornamentation, read lute tablature, compose your own 12-tone serial works, improvise on Ground Basses, improvise 19th-century cadenzas, etc, etc Advanced techniques and theory
Every three months I book a hall for my students to get together and play with and for each other. The emphasis is on having a good time. Nerves do creep in, of course, and no one is forced to play. But these get-togethers are always fun events, and they provide a date to work towards.
Email me to discuss taking lessons (email@example.com) or phone 0131 343 2195