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Guitar Lessons Guildford

I'm Ben Thornton, where I offer personalised instruction for guitarists of all levels. Whether you're just starting out or seeking to refine your skills, my guitar lessons cater to beginners and advanced players alike.

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Ben Thornton - Professional Guitar Teacher

Guitar Lessons Guildford Teacher - Ben Thornton
My Mission

Lessons Tailored To You

Ben is a professional musician who is passionate about delivering a high standard of music tuition to all of his students. He has vast teaching experience over the last 10 years including, 1-1 tuition (children & adults), delivering band workshops, and working for M Tech (a Guildford based music technology company that deliver group sessions for 7 – 11-year-olds, using Cubase and Garageband software). Ben has a 100% exam pass rate with his students. As well as being very easy to get on with, he is experienced, knowledgeable and adaptable. Lessons are tailored to the individual’s suitability and requirements.


25 per 1/2 hour, 49 per hour

Guitar Teacher

Ben Thornton


Maple Grove, Guildford GU1 1LP, UK
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Student Advice

Getting Started on Your Musical Journey

Are you eager to start strumming your favourite songs on the guitar but not sure where to begin? My guitar lessons in Guildford are the perfect starting point for beginners, whether you're drawn to the melodic lines of the acoustic guitar or the energetic riffs of the electric guitar.

With a comprehensive lesson plan tailored to your interests and skill level, as a professional guitar tutor I am passionate about helping new students like you unlock your musical potential.


25 per 1/2 hour
37 per 3/4 hour
49 per hour

Lessons are weekly, fortnightly or as suits you.

Advice for New Students

Learn Electric & Acoustic Guitar

What to Expect in Your First Lesson

In your first guitar lesson, I'll learn about your musical tastes, goals, and what you're hoping to achieve with your guitar lessons.

I am keen to understand whether you are interested in acoustic guitar lessons or want to play only electric guitar; whether you have taken guitar lessons with other guitar tutors in the past or this is your first experience of guitar tuition. This helps me to create courses of guitar lessons that are suited to you.

We'll also discuss the basics of guitar playing, introduce you to some fundamental chords, and maybe even start learning a simple song. My role as your guitar teacher in Guildford is to make this an exciting, enriching experience that you'll look forward to each week.

Personalised Teaching Approach

Each student's path to becoming a guitarist is unique, which is why I adopt a personalised teaching approach to each of my lessons in Guildford. Whether you're interested in playing music from genres like rock, pop, classical guitar, blues, or even want to venture into playing the bass guitar or ukulele, I tailor the lessons to suit your personal tastes and learning style. From choosing songs to practice to understanding guitar theory and reading music, your lessons will evolve as you progress.

Beyond the Basics

As you grow more comfortable with your instrument, we'll expand your skills beyond the basics. You'll start to learn various playing styles, explore different genres, and enhance your ability to play by ear and improvise.

For those aspiring to perform, I'll share insights from my career as a professional musician to prepare you for studio recording and performing with bands. We'll even discuss music theory, songwriting, and how to create a successful music career if that's where your passion lies.

Why Choose Guitar Lessons Guildford?

  • Expertise: Learn from an acoustic guitar teacher and electric guitar tutor with years of experience in teaching students of all ages and skill levels.
  • Passion: I am genuinely passionate about teaching and playing music, and love to see my students succeed.
  • Flexibility: Lessons are tailored to your interests, goals, and learning pace. Whether you're into rock, pop, country, or classical music, we've got you covered.
  • Fun and Engaging: I believe learning music should be fun. Expect a mix of practical playing, theory lessons, and videos to keep lessons engaging.
  • Supportive Environment: My classroom is a place of encouragement and positivity, ensuring you have the best foundation to start learning the guitar.

Guitar Lessons for Intermediate & Advanced Guitarists

For those who have moved beyond the beginning stages of guitar playing, or perhaps are looking to refine and polish their prowess, my guitar lessons in Guildford offer a path to elevate your skills to new heights. Tailored specifically for intermediate and advanced players, these private guitar lessons in Guildford are designed to challenge and inspire, ensuring every student achieves their full potential.

Taking Your Skills Further

My intermediate and advanced lessons focus on deepening your understanding of the instrument, exploring intricate playing techniques and expanding your genre repertoire.

These sessions are a blend of practical play and theory, allowing you to dissect complex compositions and execute them with flair. Whether your heart lies in fiery flamenco riffs, soulful blues solos, or intricate classical pieces, as your guitar tutor I will guide you through mastering the styles that resonate with you.

Like many guitar tutors, I have seen students who have reached a plateau in their guitar playing and want to push on to learn new styles, including mastering both electric and acoustic guitar. This is why my lessons teach you to play all genres at a high level, before drilling down into the specifics of a genre to push students beyond beginners.

Performance and Studio Readiness

For those eyeing a spotlight on the stage or a career in music, here at Guitar Lessons Guildford I also cover essential skills for studio recording and live performances. Leveraging years of experience, like many guitar tutors, I will share indispensable insights into preparing for gigs, collaborating with bands, and making the most out of studio sessions.

Furthermore, I will focus on developing your ability to improvise and play by ear, ensuring you're equipped to face the dynamic and sometimes unpredictable environment of live performances.

Music Theory and Songwriting

Understanding the foundations that music is built upon enriches your playing and opens up new avenues for creativity. My lessons in Guildford incorporate music theory tailored to guitarists at high levels, empowering you to compose your own pieces and interpret others' work with a deeper sense of appreciation and technical insight.

Supportive, Bespoke Tuition

At every stage of your development, from refining basics to achieving mastery, my approach remains student-centred. Lessons are adjusted according to your pace, interests, and goals.

I pride myself on creating a supportive environment where advanced students can thrive, offering one-on-one mentorship and feedback that address your unique needs and aspirations. I welcome both children and adult learners of all ages, helping each student play guitar at a level they can be proud of.

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Whether you're a budding musician or someone looking to rekindle their love for the guitar, I am here to guide you every step of the way. Start your musical adventure in Guildford today, and discover the joy of playing the guitar.

Frequently Asked Questions

Thirty minutes of guitar lessons can be beneficial for beginners or those with limited time. However, longer sessions may allow for more in-depth instruction and practice.

The number of guitar lessons a beginner needs varies based on individual goals and progress. Typically, regular lessons over several months provide a solid foundation, but ongoing learning is encouraged for continuous improvement.

Yes, guitar lessons can be highly beneficial for improving technique, learning new styles, and staying motivated. With personalised instruction, students can progress faster and avoid common mistakes.

Investing in guitar lessons can be worthwhile for those serious about learning to play. Professional guidance enhances skill development, provides valuable feedback, and ensures a structured learning experience.

The cost of learning guitar varies depending on factors like instructor expertise, lesson duration, and frequency. On average, private lessons range from £15 to £25 per half-hour session.

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