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Electric & Acoustic Guitar lessons, based in North Leeds

My name is Robert Hobson. I've been a private guitar tutor in Leeds since 2005 and have gained a great deal of experience teaching people of all age groups and ability levels.

I personally get a lot of enjoyment from teaching the guitar and work hard to tailor lessons that are fun for my students, whilst improving their own guitar playing at a comfortable pace.

Styles of music and theory I cover

I teach both electric and acoustic guitar to anyone who is at beginner level, right through to advanced and grade 8 players.

I cover a large range of styles including (but not restricted to): Blues, Classical, Folk/Fingerstyle, Indie, Jazz, Metal, Pop and Rock.

Technically, I specialise in hybrid picking and legato. Theoretically, I have a keen interest in compostional techniques and an extensive knowledge of advanced jazz theory.

Where my lessons take place

I offer lessons from my home in Kirkstall, Leeds, close to the Kirkstall Forge train station. Here I have my teaching aids, spare amplifiers and guitars that you may use during a session.

For an additional fee, I am also available to travel to your home in North Leeds and surrounding areas, including; Collingham, Linton, Wetherby and Harrogate.

What you can expect from lessons with me

My approach to guitar lessons is relaxed and informal. Lesson topics are normally directed towards your own personal areas of interest, with an emphasis on teaching you practical applications of the techniques you learn, in context of the styles of music you enjoy. After all, the goal is to learn to play music, and hopefully have fun at the same time!

The benefits of private guitar tuition

Plenty of guitar players, especially beginners, will attempt to teach themselves. I was no different when I first picked up a guitar in 1993. Many will try to find free online guitar lessons as well as books and videos to get themselves started. It rarely works, and often you can find yourself struggling and overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information out there. A tutor is able to assess your specific needs and then break down the relevant areas into manageable chunks.

Using books and online mediums is a fantastic resource for learning, but only if used in the correct manner. Unfortunately, they can't dynamically interact and respond to the questions you have, they can't inspire you in the same way a great teacher can and they certainly can't explain how to improve your own personal guitar playing.

Quite simply, private lessons are the quickest route to get you playing at a level you are happy with: it certainly worked for me!