Learning an instrument is a lot like learning a spoken language; to speak fluently we must listen and imitate, as well as read and write. As wind players, we also have to learn to breathe properly in order to power our instruments. For this reason, we don’t just teach the notes of the instrument, we give our students the skills to become a fluent, well-rounded and confident musician.
If you can’t play what you enjoy, then what’s the point in learning? No one wants to spend their time learning pages of tedious exercises and endless scales.
Play duets with your teacher or along to backing tracks, which can be slowed down to manageable speeds. If you can’t find a backing track to a particular tune, we can create one for you!
Learn to read notated music, chord sheets and play any music correctly at first sight. Reading is the foundation to understanding music, even if your goal is to play predominantly by ear.
Learn to play the stylistic traits and techniques (and gimmicks) associated with specific genres; from jazz to classical to pop, and beyond.
Learn to breathe from your core to project your sound and get a killer tone. Enhance the sound of your instrument with adjustments to technique and embouchure, and advice on personalising your gear.
Learn how to read from chords and develop your own improvised solos so that you can comfortably blag it at the next blues jam.
You don’t need a degree in quantum physics to understand how and why music works the way it does. You will learn about the elements of music, as and when it is relevant during lessons.
Train your ears to build the bridge between your mind, your fingers and your instrument. Quickly work out what notes will work over any tune. Learn how to transcribe your favourite tunes or solos and write them down.
As a student you will want to practice between lessons to ensure you are progressing towards your goals. Life can get busy so we will help you establish a practice routine to fit your lifestyle.
Establishing clear and realistic goals can provide structure in the vastness of music. Record the pieces you have been working on with our mobile recording studio so that you can hear your progress and share your achievements with family and friends. You could also enter a graded exam or aim to play a song at an open mic night.
Students enrol for a weekly 30 minute lesson at a regular time. For more experienced players we recommend 1 hour lessons. We can sometimes offer flexible lessons to accommodate students who work shifts.
Lessons typically continue throughout the school holidays as we don’t believe learning an instrument should be a part-time venture (unless you have lessons at school), but you can simply notify your teacher in advance to book time off. We only teach on week days as our teachers are usually performing at events or leading our bands at the weekend.
If you are temporarily spending time away from home or live in another part of the world we can arrange lessons via Skype. Lessons can be gifted for friends & family for special occasions, contact us for more info.