Pete has been teaching music privately for a wide range of ages and abilities since 2005. From 2008-2014 he worked as a peripatetic music teacher for Leeds City Council, providing widespread learning experiences for beginner to advanced level in bass guitar, acoustic guitar, latin music, rock/pop ensembles, improvisation and composition. Pete has completed several cruise ship contracts for P&O, working aboard the Ventura and Oceana. As a guest entertainer he was responsible for running their successful 'Rockschool' program tutoring groups of children in a rock band scenario, leading up to a final performance. Working as a creative practitioner for Live Music Now, Pete has been involved in the organising and running a number of community and educational music projects throughout Yorkshire and London.
Pete's teaching style is relaxed and positive with a focus on the enjoyment of making music. With an understanding that everybody learns differently, Pete strives to find the best approach for the individual student. Although Pete has template lesson plans ready to go, he prefers to work with his students to develop their own personal long-term goals such as sight reading, developing stylistic awareness or technique. This approach brings focus to the lesson, concentrating on the key areas that will benefit the students' musical progression.
Pete is happy to teach from a specific syllabus if requested, though he prefers to create a pathway of learning using a combination of wants and needs of the student.
Improving time feel
Technique (finger style, plectrum, slap)
Creating bass lines
Reading (notation, lead sheets, tablature)
Music Theory (chords, scales, arpeggios)
Learning bass parts by ear
Band leading skills
Notation software (Sibelius)
Digital Audio Workstation software (Logic Pro and Garageband)
Making a living as a musician
Bass Guitar maintenance
Time Management and organisation
Pete has a dedicated music room in his flat in Crystal Palace, London SE20, fully equipped for teaching both individuals and groups. Facilities here include amplifiers, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboard, drum kit and audio play back facilities and printer. Pete has multiple bass guitars (both four and five string) available for use in the lesson. Pete is also available for home visits at an extra cost.
|Lesson length||30 min||45 min||1 hour|
|Price at tutor's location||£17.5||£30||£35|
Pete is a very patient teacher. He always makes me feel comfortable in my lessons and his approach makes me excited to learn more. Since starting with him I've improved so much and I am a much more confident player. Thanks Pete!"
Pete is a patient and enthusiastic teacher. His lessons are always individualised and he makes the extra effort to cater for my music interests, tabbing some of my favourite songs and adapting them for my skill level. We move between a variety of music genres and he's skilled in playing all these styles. Whilst learning familiar songs, he brings in techniques and good guitar playing habits which will prove vital when moving towards more complicated tunes. We also bring in scales, allowing me to improvise in the solo sections of songs; something I'd never been able to do before and a transferable skill for all songs. His technical skills enhance the lessons for example when he slows a track down to a speed that I can play along to whilst learning, or he loops a part of a song so that I can repeatedly practice a tricky bit."
After making contact, Pete will normally be in touch with you within 48 hours. You will also receive a confirmation email, which includes Pete's contact details.