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FAQ

If you’re considering learning the guitar and have any questions, let us put your mind at ease! The following are the most commonly asked questions about lessons at The Kensington & Chelsea Guitar School, but if yours isn’t here, don’t hesitate to contact us on 07957 230354 or send us an email.

We also inculde some more general FAQs about guitar playing. Please check them out!

 

What is The Kensington & Chelsea Guitar School?

The Kensington & Chelsea Guitar School is a school dedicated to teaching the gift of guitar to anyone who wants to learn. We are located in [?], and we have a team of experienced teachers ready to tutor beginners in their first chords, or aid more advanced guitarists further their technique, flair or songwriting.

See our About page.

How much are lessons?

At Home & Studio Lesson costs are:

£35 per 30 mins
£45 per 45 mins
£60 per 60 mins

Skype Lesson costs are:

£30 per 30 mins
£40 per 45 mins
£50 per 60 mins

What standard do I have to be to take lessons?

We cater for complete beginners who have never held a guitar before in their life, to advanced level guitarists who have been playing for many years and want to further improve their performance and technique. Take the beginner classes if you are just starting out playing guitar, otherwise book electric, acoustic or songwriting classes and specify your level when booking.

If you have any queries, don’e hesitate to phone us on 07957 230354.

What kind of lessons do you offer?

We have specific beginner lessons for those new to the guitar. Past that, we offer a wide variety of guitar lessons, including electric guitar lessons, acoustic guitar lessons, music theory lessons, or songwriting lessons, for near-beginners to the very advanced guitarist.

Should I take one-to-one lessons or group lessons?

This is up to you! During one-to-one lessons your teacher will be entirely focused on you and improving your playing, but in group classes you can socialise with and learn from your fellow musicians in a fun and social atmosphere. We think you’ll be satisfied either way! If you want to learn with a friend we can accommodate classes of 2s or 3s or however many are in your group.

Where are the lessons?

Lessons are held wherever if preferable to you. You can come to our studio, we can come to your home, or we can teach you via Skype.

What do I need to bring?

The main things to bring are enthusiasm and a desire to rock! We provide a guitar for you if you learn at our studio, but you will need your own if you are taught via Skype or if we come to your home.

Can I decide what we learn in lessons?

Our classes are flexible and geared around you! If there’s anything specific you want to learn – be it a technique, chord sequence or a song, then ask your teacher and (s)he’ll prepare it for you in your next lesson.

What if I miss a lesson?

If you can’t make a lesson one week, then we’ll simply carry on the next week. Please give us 48 hours notice in advance of cancellations, or else you will be charged for the lesson.

Do I need a guitar to take lessons?

If you are taught at our studio, then we can supply you with guitars! However if we teach you via Skype or at your home, then you will need your own guitar.

I want to buy a guitar - can you help?

Yes we can! You may be wondering how you should choose your first guitar to buy… Well have a look at following our guide. It isn’t as overwhelming as you may think!

Firstly, if you are an absolute beginner it may be best to buy a not-to-expensive acoustic guitar, just so you get the feel for it. You don’t want to spend a fortune on an electric only to find out the guitar isn’t for you (which is very unlikely!). If you’ve learnt the basics and want to pursue learning the guitar, then it depends on the style of music you want to play. For example if you want to be able to play your favourite folk music, or strum along to songs on the radio, then an acoustic guitar would be suitable. However, if you want to jam to rock and metal, then obviously you should go for an electric. Budget is also very important to take into consideration – you normally get what you pay for when buying guitars, so a £100 guitar will not sound as good or play an nicely as a £1000 guitar. It’s that simple. However going too cheap can be risky as these guitars can be poorly made (going out of tune easily for example), or may not last a long time. If money is short, you can always buy used guitars, however do your research first and make sure the guitar is in working order. Buying a guitar is an investment – if you spend that bit extra, you’ll get that extra quality, and can sometime resell the guitar for a profit. Finally, bear in mind that with an acoustic guitar you’re good-to-go, but you need to buy amps, leads, and sometimes effects if you want an electric. Acoustics are also more portable, you can play them anytime with amps, and usually any style can work on an acoustic. The same can’t be said for electrics, but you can do so much more with an electric guitar – the possibilities really are endless! Once you’ve decided between electric or acoustic, go try out as many guitars in person as you can, and see what feels right for you. It helps to have someone with some guitar experience with you too.

How much time should I spend practicing?

There is no set amount of time. If you have a goal of turning professional in a month, then practice as much as you can, but for normal learners a few times a week is a good starting amount. We don’t pressure you to practice – we go at your chosen pace! But once you start, you’ll find you won’t want to stop! The important thing is to relax and have fun with it, not to pressure yourself. However the more you practice, the faster you’ll learn, the easier things will get, and the more exciting your guitar playing will become!

I’ve heard that it hurts my fingers / hands when I start playing. Is this true?

It is true that when you first start playing regularly, the tips of your fingers may get a little sore as they take a little while to harden & they get used to the strings. Your wrist / fingers may also be a bit sore in the beginner as they stretch into new, unfamiliar shapes and chord positions. But very soon after this isn’t an issue! If you keep practicing, the easier it will get.

Should I play with a plectrum or with my fingers?

There are benefits to both. Strumming with a plectrum is great for playing chords and developing a sense of rhythm and timing. Playing notes with a pic is also the best way to solo. However fingerpicking is more suited to acoustic guitar music and gives you a greater appreciation of the technicalities of playing guitar. You will learn both in time, however when starting out we suggest learning with a plectrum because it is much easier for beginners while they master other basics such as chords and notes. After this, you can start to fingerpick if you want to pursue this style of guitar playing – perhaps you want to play folk music? Try and learn both, and incorporate both into your guitar playing!

Do I need one-to-one lessons, or can I just learn online?

It depends on your situation and location, however we recommend face to face lessons. There’s nothing like having a professional right next to you giving you his full concentration and one the spot tips.

However if you can’t make our times, or can’t make it to our studio, then Skype lessons are just as effective in teaching you guitar.

What is the difference between nylon and steel strings?

Steel strings are generally used for electric guitars as they are easier for soloing and improvising. Nylon strings are warmer and more rounded than steel ones, and are used more on acoustic guitars. Nylon strings are generally used for fingerpicking as they not only sound better when fingerpicked, but are generally easier on the fingers too. Most guitarists use steel strings for popular music styles – pop, rock, indie, alternative, blues etc..