STEVE GARDINER GUITAR TUITION
PROFESSIONAL GUITARIST & RGT REGISTERED TUTOR
Steve Gardiner is a professional guitarist, session musician and tutor based in Cannock in the UK.
Having played guitar from the age of 8 under the guidance of his guitarist father Brian Gardiner, Steve's passion and playing ability quickly developed. At 15 he began gigging professionally, playing in bands throughout Birmingham and the Midlands. Working at such a young age, alongside musicians who were ten and twenty years his senior not only provided Steve with a wealth of practical experience as a musician, it developed in him the strong work ethic as a live performer and music tutor that he still possess today.
Over the last 25 years, Steve has worked in function and tribute bands in venues across the UK and Europe, playing the music of Rush, Whitesnake, Madness, Kate Bush and many more. A professional on stage and equally in the recording studio. He currently plays lead guitar for the UK David Bowie tribute band Jean Genie, filling the role of the legendary Mick Ronson with the help of his trusty Gibson Les Paul Gold Top.
Steve attained Grade 8 Classical Guitar from Trinity College of Music, London, is a member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors at London College of Music and has a full DBS check. In addition to his private tuition at his music studio in Cannock, he also teaches acoustic, electric and classical guitar, ukulele, bass and mandolin in schools across Staffordshire and Birmingham.
Guitar, Bass, Mandolin & Ukulele
ONE TO ONE STUDIO LESSONS
I offer bespoke tuition in Acoustic, Classical and Electric Guitar, Mandolin and Ukulele, covering all styles of playing; chord, plectrum, slide and finger picking. Lessons are created specifically for you, tailored around your ability level and learning style. I focus on the type of music you'd like to be able to play and work with you to ensure that you get the maximum amount of enjoyment and progress from each session.
Wide range of styles including, rock / pop, blues, latin, jazz, acoustic and classical music. Whether you want to be able to play your favourite song or guitar riff, polish up your existing skills or just play for fun, I can create a lesson to help you achieve your goal. In addition to having taught for over ten years I am also a full time musician, which not only brings a large amount of experience to my teaching but also means I am available for daytime and evening lessons.
Between my private tuition and my work teaching guitar in primary and secondary schools, I have extensive experience in teaching all forms of guitar to a wide variety of students, in addition to being fully DBS checked. Students of all ages, levels and abilities are very welcome.
ONLINE SKYPE VIDEO LESSONS
As well as providing face to face tuition, I also offer the opportunity to learn guitar online via the Skype video calling. Online lessons offer a great opportunity for those that either live too far from Cannock to attend in person, are unable to travel or whose busy schedule prevents them from attending face to face lessons. They also enable international students to learn with me and offer continued study for those who prefer remote individual lessons. I currently have online guitar students who are located throughout the UK and Europe.
All music can be sent via email, allowing you to prepare and practice before each session. All you need is a computer or phone with an internet connection and camera and we can get started. With individual online lessons, you get exactly the same service and benefits as you would do if attending a studio session with me in person, just from the comfort of your own home. As your tutor I create lessons specifically for you, tailored around your ability level and learning style. I focus on the type of music you'd like to be able to play and work together to ensure that you get the maximum amount of enjoyment and progress from every online session.
YouTube tutorials can sometimes be helpful resources when learning to play an instrument, but they lack the feedback a live teacher can give you, which is integral to the learning process. They also don't give you a plan to follow and can make your learning sporadic and disorganised, so you'll miss out on mastering the fundamentals. My one to one online Skype Lessons remedy this problem - you'll have direct feedback when you play and you can ask me questions and get immediate answers.
Whether you're an accomplished player looking to improve your skills, are wanting to achieve your guitar grades, or are an absolute beginner considering online lessons for the first time, all levels and abilities are welcome. Contact me for your free consultation today!
GUITAR GRADE EXAMS
As a member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors I can coach you through the RGT, Trinity College of Music or Rock School examination grades. Lessons can include music reading, theory and harmony, from preliminary through to Grade 8. (Grades are of course completely optional).
* Please note, students are required to give a full 24 hours notice before cancellation. If a lesson is cancelled without the required notice the student will be charged the full lesson price, as the lesson slot cannot be offered to another individual within that time frame. (Where possible, if my diary allows I will always try to offer an alternate space in the same week should I have a suitable one available, but this is understandbly not guaranteed).
"I've been taking guitar lessons with Steve for over two years now. He is an amazing guitar player and a brilliant teacher. Starting as a complete beginner, Steve has guided me through my RGT exams; from Grade 1 acoustic guitar, all the way up to Grade 8 now with the majority of my results being Distinction. If you want to learn any of the string instruments that he teaches,
I would highly recommend Steve."
Prices vary according to the length of the lesson, regardless of instrument.
Lessons available for Acoustic, Electric and Classical Guitar, Ukulele, Bass and Mandolin.
Whether online over Skype video calling or in person, lessons are taught from a dedicated teaching room at my home studio in Cannock Wood, Staffordshire. The studio is equipped with guitar and bass amplification in addition to facilities to record the lessons. There is also ample free parking available outside,
for those who would be attending lessons in person.
"Steve is an excellent teacher who is very patient and doesn't mind if I get things wrong. He explains things in small steps which makes it easy for me to understand. He is also funny at times, making the lessons enjoyable. I like being taught by Steve."
"Nathaniel has been taught by Steve for the past 18 months. I have always found Steve to be able to relate to him at a level he can understand. If he doesn't understand, Steve will explain things again in a different way until Nathaniel is happy. The lessons are 30 minutes long and during that time Steve keeps the pace moving to ensure he keeps Nathaniel's attention (not always easy!) My son is always asking 'why?' and due to Steve's wide musical knowledge he is always able to answer the questions. We have had both face to face and currently online lessons due to lockdown, both of which have worked really well, enabling Nathaniel to continue to progress."
Nathaniel & his mum Elizabeth
"I've been having guitar tuition with Steve for about two and a half years now and we hit it off straight away. In this time Steve has raised my standard of playing considerably and has taken me up to Grade 7 RGT Acoustic. We've also covered a lot of electric guitar playing and Steve has been great at combining the two and keeping it fun.
Steve is a great guy with an absolute wealth of knowledge. He is always very welcoming at his home studio facility and a superb online teacher. Whether you are a complete novice, or want to improve your existing skills, I would highly recommend Steve's teaching."
"Whether you are a complete novice and just starting out or have been playing guitar for a while and want to further improve your skills I can highly recommend Steve. My daughter has been having lessons for a while and his calm friendly approach to teaching is fantastic. I like the way he has encouraged her to not only work on the skills for the grades but also think about what music she wants to play. By playing through her choice of song and giving Lauren things to work on, he has really increased her enthusiasm to keep learning. Having completed her grade one with distinction she now works towards her grade two. Thanks Steve for continuing to build my daughter's confidence."
Lauren & Richard Dudley-Mowe
"I have been taking Mandolin lessons with Steve for about 18 months. When we first started, I liked that he took the time to find out what I wanted from the lessons rather than just setting off down a pre-determined path. He is knowledgeable, skilful, patient and supportive as well as being thoroughly easy to get along with. In the time that I have been taking lessons, my playing has improved beyond where I ever thought that I would be and I have even learnt to read music, something that I never thought I would do at my age. If you are looking for lessons in any of the string instruments that Steve teaches, I would recommend him highly."