Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question about learning to play the guitar, check out this list of things I’m often asked. If your question isn’t here, please drop me a line on the contact form below and I’ll get straight back to you. 

Will I need a guitar to get started?

Yes, you will need to have your own guitar, as you will advance much more quickly if you are able to practice between lessons. Buying your first guitar can be a little bewildering, so I have produced a ‘Getting Started’ guide – click here to read more.

Can I buy a guitar online?

Yes. And you can get cheap deals on Ebay and Amazon, but be aware that you won’t be able to check the condition and quality. Your local music shop is a better place to start as they will be able to give you good advice and let you try your instrument out to see how it feels.

How Often Should I have Lessons?

The more you play and practice, the quicker you will improve, and the more fun you will have. For beginner and intermediate level, I recommend having lessons weekly, with some regular practice in between. If you’re more advanced, and used to practicing daily or perhaps play in a band, it may be that ad-hoc lessons to tackle a particular challenge or polish your technique will suffice.

How long does it take to learn the guitar?

I’m afraid there is no answer to this! It all depends on practice, ability, age and what you want to be able to play.

Do I need to be able to tune my guitar?

No. To begin with at least, I can tune it for you at the start of each lesson. There are also mobile phone apps that make guitar tuning quick and easy.

Are there smaller guitars for children?

Yes. Your local music shop will be able to determine the appropriate size for your child.

Do I need to be able to read music?

No, it is not a necessary requirement. Many a rock/pop musician has played the guitar and written hit songs without being able to read music! An alternative called guitar tablature will need to be understood, but this is simpler.

What grade types do you offer tuition for?

Registry of Guitar Tutors –  Grades 1-8
Trinity Rock & Pop – Grades 1-8
Rockschool – Grade 1-8

Student Reviews

Dave is a fantastic guitar teacher! He has been teaching my children for 2 years now, and has recently started to teach me. He explains things very well and in an easy-to-understand way. Highly recommend.


David has been teaching my son Zac for the past 6 months. Zac really enjoys the lessons as David gets him playing along to songs he knows and makes the learning really fun. Dave is friendly and relaxed; an excellent teacher. Highly recommended!

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