About The Lessons
All of the lessons are based on an individual's specific requirements.
From basic sessions that look at learning simple chord progressions and sing-along songs to advanced jazz arrangments and modal rock theory, Craig can cater for any range of musical ambition.
Worksheets (Tablature/Musical Notation/Chord Boxes/Lead Sheets) are provided at each session.
These can range from new exercises Craig may write up in the session for you; pre-prepared leadsheets for songs
with chord boxes; to full composition scores and case studies.
Craig also provides audio examples of the exercises and videos of certain techniques on a week by week basis.
Individual practice regimes will be put in place to help a students' progress and keep a structured and diciplined approach to their development. This is not always required but helps with the more advancing
students' practice application.
Craig tutors grade courses from entry level to Grade 8 on Electric, Acoustic, Classical, Bass Guitar, Ukulele and Music Theory. Courses are tutored and qualifications are awarded by RGT, Trinity College London and ABRSM.
If you want to study the grades you will need to purchase the relevant workbook/CD.
Please see the links below for more information on courses available.
Electric Guitar - ABRSM Rockschool Guitar - https://www.rockschool.co.uk/books/guitar/
Acoustic Guitar - RGT Acoustic Exams - http://www.rgt.org/exams/acoustic-guitar.php
Classical Guitar - Trinity College of Music - http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=1057
Bass Guitar - ABRSM Rockschool Bass - https://www.rockschool.co.uk/books/bass/
Music Theory - ABRSM - http://gb.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/music-theory-exams/
Ukulele - RGT - http://www.rgt.org/exams/ukulele-exams.php
sessions we offer
Blues / Rock, Pop / Indie / Funk / Punk / Metal / Progressive / Scales, Modes etc.. / Live Performance
(Rockschool Grades 1-8 Available)
Finger-style / Advanced Acoustic Techniques (Frailing, Percussive Acoustic)
Modern / Strummed Styles (Grades Available)
Traditional techniques & performance / Flamenco / Sight Reading (Grades Available)
Re-entrant (High G) & Low G
Soprano, Concert, Tenor, Baritone, Electric, Banjolele, Guitarlele
Simple Strums / Traditional Hawaiian / Advanced Finger-style / Campanella / Formby Style
Modern Arrangements (i.e.; Jake Shimabukuro / James Hill etc...) / Advanced Chord-Melody Arranging
Mandolin, Mandola & Bouzoki
Traditional Irish Techniques / Flat-picking / Jigs, Reels / Bouzouki Rhythmic Accompaniment
5 String Banjo
Frailing & Claw-Hammer style / Old-Timey Minstrel style / Bluegrass & Scruggs style
Irish, American and Appalachian styles
Music Theory & Application up to Grade 8 / Sight Reading / Arranging, Composing / Test Papers
Songwriting & structuring arrangements / Chord knowledge / Cadence and Hook development
Lyrical exploration & rhyming work / Phrasing / Performance
Production / Music Technology
How to use a studio / How to navigate a DAW / Audio Interfaces / Studio Logistics
Demo recordings / Desk, Microphone & Audio studies / Sampling / Mixing & Mastering
How to arrange unique chord / melody pieces for your chosen instrument
Writing process & performance / Counterpoint & Polyphonic knowledge / Voicing Isolation
Breathing Exercises / How to sing whilst playing your instrument
Phrasing, Diction and Intonation / Scales / Live
Helping devise performances / Recording Demos / Working with Stage Presence & Audiences
Tightening an ensemble for live performance or studio recording / Looking at textures between instruments /
Building performance & group confidence / The Music Business