I was looking for a hobby and used to play guitar (badly) at Uni. I wanted to retrain the right way!
Since starting lessons, I have learnt all the basic chords, different strumming patterns, completed two guitar books (with over 30 songs), and now I’m learning to finger pick – ready for some lead guitar action. I have also achieved a healthy dose of confidence thanks to her gentle encouragement that is essential for performance.
If you were thinking of starting lessons with Laura, I would say go for it. Laura has a lot of music qualifications under her belt so she has a lot of knowledge to impart if you want to learn. Lesson structure is always good and you always feel like you’ve tackled something new each week. I still love getting a tick against a song in our guitar book, once it’s mastered. I’ve been learning for a year and when I think about where I was and where I am now I can’t believe it really. I’ve come a long way in 52 lessons!
Laura tailors her teaching to your learning behaviour. She’s more like a friend, but always professional. Lessons are relaxing and we always get the giggles over something! I look forward to my lesson every week.
One day, I would love to do open mic nights, join a band or just play for friends and family.
I have always wanted to play guitar and now in my forties finally decided to get lessons, when my work colleague told me about his friend Laura, the FemaleGuitarTeacher. I had lessons when I was younger on a number of different instruments and teachers had singularly failed to inspire me. I came to Laura without much of an idea about how to proceed and with a guitar I bought for £35 in Argos. I had been playing (badly) covers of songs I liked and at first continued with Laura but she was soon perceptive enough to see this wasn’t enough. She knew where to go even if I didn’t. I needed to understand the theory as well as practice and I have now been working towards my Grade 2. I also needed a better guitar!
Laura is a professional musician with mountains of experience and as well as providing the string wizadry in her own band Parachutes for Gordot, she always has musical projects on the go it seems. It’s less like having guitar lessons, more like a language course with some psychology thrown in: music to Laura is another language to express yourself , and I feel I am unearthing new treasures every time I have a lesson. I ask lots of questions and Laura is always there with an answer. She is patient and encouraging, relaxed about my progress but always providing that gentle push and encouragement towards achieving the goals I have now set myself which thanks to Laura seem achievable and realistic. Lessons are always fun and I come away feeling inspired and encouraged. My goal has been working towards playing open mike and after a year I’m nearly there! Eventually I want to write my own songs, and again with Laura’s encouragement feel this is achievable.
I have no hesitation in recommending Laura whatever you want to do with your guitar. Once you you are in her capable hands you will be surprised what you can do.