Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Richard Ashworth, Guitar Teacher, Chorley, Preston, Blackburn

Meet John!

John is currently a lecturer of Music and part-time session guitarist based in the North West
of England. He has worked as a session guitarist for a major record label and performed within high-end musical theatre pit bands. He is a PGCE Certified teacher with a background in high school education, and studied at Bristol Institute of Modern Music where he achieved his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Performance.

He is also the lead guitarist for popular Preston-based band The Accused, who regularly perform for high-end corporate functions and weddings. John’s areas of expertise range from Jazz and Country to Fusion and Rock. He is a music theory teacher and experienced with ABRSM, RGT and Rock School exam boards.

Richard Ashworth, Guitar Teacher, Chorley, Preston, Blackburn

Meet Paul!

Paul Topping started playing the piano at the age of six, and the guitar at eight, taking lessons from Paul Greenhalgh and Martin Roscoe (Piano), Peter Rose (Piano & Composition) and Neil Smith (Guitar). Whilst at the Birmingham Conservatoire, he studied piano with Frank Wibaut and composition with John Mayor. He was awarded a scholarship in his third year. Paul graduated majoring in Composition and has since gained further performance and teaching qualifications. After graduating in 1993, he worked with Second Sight Productions (Birmingham) for a short while, writing music for documentary and educational productions, and taught at various music services in both Birmingham and Dudley.
He is now based in the Northwest as a peripatetic instrument tutor at Westholme School, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Oakhill College and Blackburn School of Music. He continues to perform and has given a ‘Brief History of Jazz Piano’ presentation at the Ribble Valley International Piano Week and The Ribble Valley Jazz Festival. Following on from an organ scholarship at St Peter’s Church, Salesbury, Paul is currently an organist and director of music at Immanuel Church, Oswaldtwistle, playing regularly for churches in the Lancashire area. He is an active ‘student performance’ promoter and accompanies for student instrumental exams. He enjoys performing with his teaching colleagues, being involved in several performance ensembles from duos to octets!

Acoustic guitar lessons in Brinscall

The acoustic guitar is making a rapid rise as a popular instrument due to the prevalence of the singer songwriter in today’s music scene as well as things like Radio 1’s live lounge and other acoustic sessions which are becoming a necessity for the majority of today’s popular artists.

The ability to get the acoustic guitar out at a moments notice and have everyone singing along is a great plus point to this instrument and there is no need to plug it in and carry lots of equipment as is necessary with an electric guitar.

Another reason people choose to learn the acoustic guitar is that due to the fact that the instrument is bigger and that the strings are thicker than it’s electric counterpart, the movement from acoustic guitar to electric guitar is much easier than the other way round.

Our acoustic guitar lessons are aimed at enabling you to play as a solo acoustic musician, accompanying yourself, as well as being able to play alongside other musicians in a band or duo. We want to give you the practical techniques so that you can be a competent and effective player of this fantastic instrument.

Whether you are learning for fun or wish to pursue graded examinations, we can give you the tools and guidance you need. The most important thing is for you to continue to enjoy playing a maintain your enthusiasm since it is this that drives you to practice and ultimately become the best player that you can be.

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