Here's feedback from some of my students who get big results from taking lessons with me…
I am very proud of all of them - they've worked hard to reach their goals and continue to grow as great guitar players.
I've had the privilege of teaching guitar lessons to literally hundreds and hundreds of people from the Southampton area over the last 10 years and many continue to take lessons with me to this day!
Alex K: ...kickstarted my progress again...
"Jimmy is a fantastic guitar teacher and all round top bloke. I first took lessons with him after having around a 10 year break since my last lessons as a teenager. Although I had kept playing throughout the intervening period I’d developed plenty of bad habits, which Jimmy quickly identified and helped me fix. This really kickstarted my progress on the instrument again and allowed me to make great progress towards my goals. Jimmy’s extensive experience as a gigging and recording guitar player give him an excellent background to offer general advice in addition to musical tuition. I would not hesitate to recommend him to guitar players of all ages and experiences who want to improve and enjoy the instrument to the fullest."
Alex K. Salisbury
"A lot more professional than lessons I've had off people in the past..."
Mark S. Southampton
Rob: BEGINNERS: YOU MUST READ THIS!
Their reply, in a tone of mild optimism with a succinct lack of encouragement, "yeah, great..." At this point you have now realised what you must do, you have visions of being the next Hendrix, Hetfield or even Gallagher. This is why you have chosen to search for guitar lessons in Southampton.
In just under a year of sharing every Tuesday evening with Jimmy I have developed my guitar playing technique and I now feel comfortable playing a variety of music genres. The lessons are based around what YOU want to play and learn! Don't get me wrong, you don't simply ask to learn one particular song... Oh no, no,no. Jimmy teaches you the techniques and methods behind playing different genres of music allowing you to play a multitude of songs in the space of a few weeks!
Ian: ...even my wife recognises the songs I'm playing now!
"Jimmy has been improving my guitar playing for nearly three years now - even my wife recognises the songs I'm playing now! I have to say Jimmy is an excellent teacher using your favourite music to teach theory and technique. I would recommend anyone wanting to learn to play guitar to guitarists wanting to improve technique to contact Jimmy, you will not be disappointed!"
"I went to Jimmy as a complete novice. He is a great teacher. I have progressed loads in the few months I have had Jimmy as a teacher. Alongside teaching me how to play, Jimmy has helped boost my confidence to play in front of others. The lessons are really well structured and Jimmy has a wealth of knowledge and also resources that he is happy to share."
Alex P. Southampton
Gavin: " I feel far more confident in my abilities to play the guitar..."
"I decided to start taking lessons because I had decided that the guitar which I had received 10 years ago, collecting dust in the corner of my room as an ornament should be played.
I tried teaching myself the guitar a while back, but hit a wall with my progression and stopped playing. I thought it would be good to get lessons to give me some structure and discipline to learning the guitar.
A quick search on the internet returned Jimmy, and after looking through his webpage at his credentials and testimonials I felt he was the guy to go with.
Since taking lessons I can honestly say that I have improved in all aspects of my guitar playing. I now have a good level of knowledge and abilities to go away and learn new songs, and have developed the confidence to play my guitar in front of other people. One of the biggest areas I have improved in is my strumming and timing, which I always found to be an issue.
I feel far more confident in my abilities to play the guitar, and more capable to go out and find new material to learn using the skills which Jimmy has taught me.
I would highly recommend taking lessons if you are considering it. Even if you are curious about them, take a couple and see how you get on. I found that within very few lessons with Jimmy I was able to play far better than I had previously, so the returns you get are quite quick and incredibly satisfying.
I really enjoyed our lessons. Jimmy is such a great guy, and lessons were always fun. My favourite aspect of my lessons was when Jimmy had me playing around with notes on scales and he'd be providing the backing to whatever I notes I happened to be hitting.
Max: "I've really improved...lessons are amazing!"
“I’m better on guitar now more than ever and feel confident. I’ve really improved a lot and lessons are amazing!
I’ve improved my technique & now everything I play is sounding clear
We get to work on our own songs which is cool and I feel proud that I’ve managed to come up with some nice sounding ideas.
The lesson pace is just right for me. Not too much or too little.
I really feel more confident on guitar and giving things a go. I now know how to improve by myself if I mess up.
If you’re thinking of taking lessons- just do it! You’ll never know just how good you can be until you try!”
Darren: "I wouldn't go anywhere else for lessons now!!”
”I have been playing about 8 years now with some private lessons elsewhere, but just didn't feel I was evolving and struggled with the method of teaching that was being used. So I looked on the Internet for a well rated, professional, very patient teacher and Jimmy came up at the top.
Jimmy has helped me in my weak areas of Scales and barre chords and has given me much needed confidence to do them. He has showed me different ways to play all over the fret board in a easier way then previously told in much quicker time which makes great value for money.
I'm definitely more confident and more knowledgeable to embrace new things I once found very hard to grasp. He teaches in a way that links things together so it's big breakthroughs in small steps so not too overwhelming.
I have tried 2 other teachers and had no connection with them which I find makes you nervous and stunts growth as a guitarist. Jimmy is relaxed, patient and an exceptional player. Very well trained and connects with any age group and all levels of ability.
The lessons are fun and personnel and you can do one to one teaching or even with other guitarist to help timing and improve playing in a group. Jimmy is also very flexible for appointments which has helped fit in with my busy life style.
He's easy to get to and never had a problem parking (I have had with other teachers) he's happy bubbly and enthusiastic about people learning all types of guitar playing. I wouldn't go anywhere else for lessons now!!”
Darren Smith. Southampton