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Ridgestone John Folk Guitar Teacher (Rochester)

Ridgestone John

  • Rochester (ME1)
  • Last Logged In: 20 Sep 2017
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Ashford, Bromley, Canterbury, Dartford, Gravesham, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Swale, Thanet, Tonbridge and Malling
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Personal Message
Teaching all ages and abilities for the last 18 years and have always provided friendly & enjoyable lessons. Learn what the books & YouTube don't always tell you. You the Student can have as many or few lessons as you wish
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Guitar: (Electric - Acoustic - Classical - 12 String & Slide)
Mandolin (Mandola - Octave Mandolin
Banjo: (Blue Grass)
Harmonica (Diatonic)
Dulcimer (Appalachian and Stick)
Tell me about your qualifications.
Channel Awareness Module Certification
Safeguarding Children e - Academy CPD Certification
obtained whilst teaching Guitar at the Ashford Oaks Community School
What kind of experience do you have?
18 Years on the Road traveling throughout the County of Kent

Wishing to make a go of Art & Music professionally it was mentioned many years ago at an Employment Action Interviewer that I had Art Experience. This led to being assigned to work at a local Community Arts Center as a Publicity Designer and Arts Worker. In this environment I was able to access a local Folk Music Club and was able to perform there every 2nd Sunday evening in the Month for 2 years as a floor spot musician. Although I would have very much liked to have been a professional Musician, it didn’t quite work out that way and the next best alternative, that of Guitar Teaching was tried. With a bit of primitive advertising mainly by word of mouth and free notice boards, as I couldn’t afford paid advertising, I eventually got my first lesson inquiry.

The inquiring Student said he wanted to play like Eric Clapton and required me to help him in this regard. A lack of confidence came over me but, I had to start somewhere. The only instrument I had then was a Fender Acoustic Guitar, so I agreed to conduct the lesson. Struggling on the Bus with the Instrument and eventually finding my way to a tucked away Mews off the main street, I was ushered in. The guy had an electric Guitar, can’t remember if it was a Strat, and he showed me what he could do on it.

With lightening speed he ran up and down the Pentatonic Minor Scale. Far better than I could ever attempt at the time. At that moment a sense of dread came over me as there was no way I could match his skill. What do I do now? I kept silent, not wishing to lose credibility, continuing to listen and watch him play. When finished he said “That’s all I can do Mate, I can’t do nothing else”.

A sense of relief, now I could reasonably and confidently teach him chords and a few riffs which he couldn’t do. So the lesson continued, although I don’t think I did very well. Pleasantly surprised, he paid me but didn’t ask me back again. At least it was a start. Over the years I have learned & I believe improved from this experience. Other positives and negatives encountered along the way have added to the rich tapestry of experience. 8 Years later I took the plunge & started teaching on a regular basis.

Currently as a one to one Tutor I have added other instruments to my Guitar Teaching Repertoire, Mandolin, Banjo, Harmonica, Ukulele & Stick/Appalachian Dulcimer ensuring a continuity of lessons and always have available space for New Students. Welcome aboard, I look forward to teaching you
How much do you charge?
I happily offer a free half hour trial lesson. If traveling to conduct the free lesson at the Student's Home, travel cost would be chargeable
£25 per hour for lessons conducted @ my home
£30 per hour to conduct the lesson at the Student's Home
£50 Workshop
Where do you teach?
I teach @ the Students Homes or at my Home where there is parking available.

I travel to...........
The Medway Towns - Isle of Grain - Gravesend & surrounding area- Dartford & surrounding area - Maidstone & surrounding area - Sittingbourne & area - Canterbury & surrounding area - Ashford & surrounding area - Tondbridge & surrounding area - Sevenoaks & surrounding area - Bromley & surrounding area - Sidcup & surrounding area
When are you available?
Monday Not Available
Tuesday 10am till 4pm
Wednesday till 6pm (every other Wednesday to 12 noon
Thursday every other 10 am till 6pm
Friday 10am to 8pm
Saturday 1pm to 8pm
Sunday 5pm to 8pm
No seasonal variations
Which ages and levels do you teach?
10 years of age to Senior Citizen Age for absolute beginners to improver's
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Equivalent to grade 4 (guitar and other fretted stringed instruments)
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Enhanced Full Disclosure D.B.S. Certificate issued November 2015
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Online Tutoring can be arranged by SKYPE
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Musicians Union
National Harmonica League
Where and with whom did you train?
Home tutored on Classical Piano as a Child
Self taught on Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo and Harmonica
Practical training in Community Arts/music Spiral Arts Gillingham's Community Arts Project
Tell me about some of your current students.
2 Mandolin Students
1 Guitar Students
1 Harmonica Student
Do you have a personal message for students?
Always try to put in as much practice as you can between the lessons, little and often is probably the best. In my opinion This allows steady progress to the next level for the next lesson: Advice for Parents wishing to have their children learn the guitar. Lessons should be no longer than half an hour and the child needs to be motivated and committed to small amounts of practice as regular as possible