Your Music Teacher
Professional Tutoring & Guidance
Music Teaching offering personalised lessons and instruction in Guitar, Bass, Ubass, Ukulele and Lapsteel Guitar to students in the Newbury area in your home or online. I’ve been teaching people of all ages and levels of experience since 2005 and love what I do.
As a music tutor I take pride and care in providing a friendly relaxed teaching manner with an emphasis on enjoyment and progress. I structure my lesson style to suit each individual student to help engage and retain their learning experience aiding development and musical progression.
When good things happen in music it can bring a smile, this is my challenge to achieve as a teacher and for you to enjoy as a student.
One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. Bob Marley
The day you open your mind to music, you're halfway to opening your mind to life. Pete Townsend
The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you. B B King
All About Me
A Dedicated Music Teacher
I love what I do and it makes me so happy to be able to share my passion with others. Since starting as a Music Teacher in 2005, I’ve been privileged to see so many students discover their natural skills and abilities and reach results they never dreamed were possible. If that sounds like something you’d like to explore, get in touch.
Teacher Feature -
My initial attraction to guitar began as a young boy upon hearing my uncle play fingerstyle on an acoustic guitar. The sound produced and technique in doing so intrigued me so I asked if he could teach me some simple tunes to start me off.... I was hooked!
Fortunately, I had the loan of his now vintage electric guitar and studied from a 'Tune a Day' book to make further progress. Thankfully nowadays, the range of tutoring and technique books have greatly expanded and with the help of a good tutor, there's no time like the present to get started!
My musical background began early, playing the Tuba and Clarinet in the school band. I was taught to read music notation the basics of which I have retained and developed over time. Reading some music notation helped me later on when I converted to playing guitar in my teens. However, I realised to advance I would need the guidance of a guitar tutor. I was introduced to different guitar techniques and styes from classical to rock and all points in between feeding my appetite to learn. I chose to enter rock and pop graded music exams as a challenge to help focus on playing progress and practice routines. Today, exam boards offer a wide variety of playing styles which is good news for today's student as there is something for everyone.
Ultimately, my playing progressed and I joined various bands making music together with like-minded musicians. This was the fun part, both thrilling and energising with performing to a live audience.
I have learned and developed a range of musical skills and knowledge to bring to you. I hope to inspire you to do the same as a new or progressing music student, to enjoy your chosen instrument, understand it and make progress with your music!
"I’d never touched a bass uke before, nor played with others come to that. Scary! However the encouragement and enthusiasm generated by Russ zoomed me past that as he made the sessions fun and really enjoyable. I actually found myself practicing at home. Amazing! Thank you" David L. Newbury
My son was still very much a beginner when he started lessons. The relaxed teaching style made lessons fun but that did not mean they were not challenging too as Russ took the time to understand how to specifically motivate my son to achieve progress. Russ would let him decide what they did in each lesson which my son loved and this made him thrive and feel confident enough to take his first guitar exam. He achieved a high merit much to everyone's delight. Joanne S, Newbury
"Russell's teaching style and methods enable you to settle in to a comfortable environment therefore making learning relaxed and retainable. Your preference in genre is taken on board and Russell teaches you songs you want to learn, this means the lessons are never regimented and so much fun for any level. The one to one sessions he tailors are brilliant value and he shows genuine care and interest in the development of all students guitar playing. Highly recommend". Phoebe, Newbury
Russell has provided first class guitar tuition for my daughter. He has a flexible approach to the lessons and tailors the learning and techniques to the individual based on experience and ability. He guided my daughter as a complete beginner and gave her the encouragement to progress and challenge herself and she achieved a Distinction in her Grade I.
Russell is passionate about music, he has inspired my daughter to learn and this has also made her more confident. I would highly recommend for music tuition for any age or ability. Nicky, Hermitage
“Russell really knows his music and this combined with patience and humour makes him a great tutor. He taught our 13 year old for nearly two years and, despite teenage lethargy, steady progress was made! We highly recommend him.”
Amazing patience and a relaxed and thorough approach to learning. Ensures the basics are always understood and accomplished before moving on to next stages of learning. Dedicated to his art and always very encouraging and interested in your progress.