Renesongs

Guitar Lessons

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I teach guitar to all ages, at all levels of proficiency, in all musical genres. Whilst I do follow a syllabus, my students' passion for what they are playing is of ultimate importance to me. Lessons are structured around songs and techniques my students wants to learn.


Individual Lessons are a half hour weekly at  R120 each, or R400 a month or R1050 a term (or quarter). I am available by appointment from 1pm - 8pm Mondays to Fridays. 

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Beginner

  • Naming parts of the guitar and music notes
  • The string names and notes on fretboard
  • Open chords, Major Minor and 7th
  • Strumming, keeping an even rhythm
  • Reading a song sheet with chord symbols
  • A consistent practice regime
  • Simple finger picking technique
  • Tuning the guitar and using a Capo
  • Reading simple Guitar Tablature
  • Pentatonic and Major Scales

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Intermediate

  • Advances strumming and picking techniques and using a plectrum
  • Fretboard technique: Slide, Bend, Vibrato Hammer on Pull off, Mute, Harmonics
  • Tablature – chords, arpeggios fretboard effects, time signature, repeats and coda
  • Barre Chords rooted on the E string and the A string
  • Chords Major, minor, dominant, suspended, augmented diminished
  • Scale & modes in two octaves - Pentatonic, Blues, Major and Natural Minor
  • Blues and Popular chord progressions
  • Basic Improvisation Techniques


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Advanced

  • Chord Construction
  • Interpreting a lead sheet
  • Advanced Scales - Harmonic and Jazz Minor, Whole tone, Diminished, Exotic
  • Jazz and Cyclic Chord Progressions
  • Chord Substitution - Secondary Dominant, ii V I, Tritone, Modal Interchange
  • Modulation and Cycles - Pivot Chords, Relative Minors, Tritone
  • Using the whole fretboard, Vertical boxes, 3 note per string, Frying Pan, CAGED
  • Advanced Improvisation Techniques - Arpeggio, scale fragments, double stops, modes
  • Reading Standard Notation