Answers to the most popular questions asked by students.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. I would be delighted to help you to learn to play the guitar if you are a beginner student. Indeed, I have a lot of experience in teaching students who are beginners, helping them to learn the "foundation" knowledge needed to play the guitar. This includes an understanding of open chords, basic bar chords and simply lead guitar melodies.

A combination of these three elements, combined with an understanding of strumming, alternate picking and palm-muting, forms much of the foundation course of lessons - helping students who complete this to be able to play many hundreds of popular rock, pop and alternative songs.

Unfortunately, I am able to teach students from the age of 16 upwards at the moment.

Yes, I do. I am now able to teach guitar online via different platforms. Get in touch for more information.

Home Teaching Space

I am a mobile guitar teacher, so can travel to my students across Belfast (subject to my teaching schedule and availability). My students really enjoy this aspect of my guitar lessons as it means that they can learn to play the guitar in the comfort of their own home, without having to travel for their lessons.

Additionally, for those who are interested in taking lessons at my teaching space I can offer lessons in Aghalee. For more information about this simply get in touch.

A question I am asked surprisingly often. Absolutely, some of the best guitarists of all time were left-handed - Jimmy Hendrix being one, Kurt Cobain being another - so you are in good company if you are left-handed.

Luckily you do not need to learn how to read "traditional" music notation to be able to play the guitar at a high level. However, you do need to be able to read and understand guitar tablature, which is a simplified version of music notation specifically made for the guitar. It is easy to learn and I would be happy to teach you how to read it.

This is a question again we are often asked, the answer depends on a student's aim. If you wish to learn to play the guitar to sing along with that is something that can be achieved by a complete beginner in 12 months with hard work. If you want to be a lead guitarist in a covers band then 24 months is more likely, similar for students interested in writing their own complex guitar riffs and songs. Though the truth is that you never stop learning guitar and I continue to learn new things on the guitar.

Please note that Guitar Lessons Belfast operates a strict 24-hour cancellation policy. This means that if a lesson is cancelled within 24 hours of the arranged time the student will be charged the full price of the lesson. Should you need to cancel a lesson please contact me at your earliest opportunity to re-arrange.

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As a mobile teacher based in Belfast I will travel to you.
This is subject to teaching availability and location.
Paul Beattie

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