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I'm Ewan Knight, a dedicated and experienced professional guitar teacher committed to unleashing the musical potential in students of all skill levels. I specialise in tailoring lessons to individual learning styles, ensuring that even complete beginners feel comfortable and inspired as they embark on their musical journey.

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Ewan Knight - Professional Guitar Teacher

Guitar Lessons Sheffield Teacher - Ewan Knight
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Lessons Tailored To You

I am experienced full-time music tutor and performer who has been playing and teaching the guitar for over 15 years. In addition to the electric guitar I have also studied the classical guitar, bass and the piano along with completing the music theory grades. This knowledge is put into practice during the lessons, which will cover a large range of techniques both practical and theoretical, to help you become a well rounded musician.


£15 per 1/2 hour, £30 per hour

Guitar Teacher

Ewan Knight


Trinity St, Sheffield S3, UK
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Student Advice

Essential Basic Guitar Techniques

Before you can play your favourite songs, there are a few basic guitar techniques you need to master. First off, finger positioning. For a seamless guitar playing experience, it’s necessary to position your fingers directly onto the strings, with your knuckles aligned and minimal wrist bending. Correct finger positioning is key for achieving clear sound and preventing unwanted string buzz.

Next up, we have fretting and picking. Fretting involves pressing down on the strings at the individual frets, which are small metal bars placed at intervals on the guitar’s neck. Picking, on the other hand, involves using a pick to strike the strings in a controlled manner. By holding the pick between your thumb and index finger and using a combination of wrist and finger movements, you can pluck the strings with precision.


£15 per 1/2 hour
£30 per hour

Lessons are weekly, fortnightly or as suits you.

Advice for New Students

As a beginner, you might be enticed by the sound of an acoustic guitar or intrigued by the versatility of the electric guitar. Regardless of your preference, the journey of learning the guitar is a thrilling adventure, filled with chords to master, strumming patterns to conquer, and tunes to create. At Guitar Lessons Sheffield, we are here to guide you through every step of this journey, helping you master the art of strumming, chords, barre chords, soloing and more.

Key Takeaways

  • Master essential guitar techniques & progress from open to barre chords with experienced instructors.

  • Unlock your potential by learning to read and understand both guitar tabs and chord charts

  • Develop strumming hand coordination, scale theory & soloing skills for captivating solos, practice makes perfect!

Advice for Beginner Guitarists

Starting to learn guitar might initially appear challenging, but with proper guidance and enthusiasm, you can effortlessly tackle any obstacles along the way. For beginners, focusing on fundamental techniques, practicing the transition from open to barre chords, and developing a consistent practice routine is key to success. Guidance from seasoned guitar instructors can accelerate your progress and maintain your motivation. After all, every journey begins with a single step, or in this case, a single strum.

But let’s not forget the power of intrinsic motivation. Whether it’s the dream of playing your favourite songs or the aspiration to become a professional musician, having strong internal motivators can ignite your passion for guitar and keep it burning for a lifetime. And with professional guitar lessons, tailored to your goals and abilities, you’ll be strumming away to your favourite tunes in no time, be it heavy rock, classical guitar, or the blues.

Progressing from Open Chords to Barre Chords

Upon mastering the basics, the next step is to enhance your skills by transitioning from open chords to barre chords. Open chords are played using open strings, while barre chords involve using one finger to press down multiple strings across the fretboard. This might initially appear intimidating. However, with proper guidance and some perseverance, you can become proficient in barre chords and bring an additional dimension to your guitar playing.

One of the key aspects of playing barre chords is proper hand positioning. Here are some tips to help you:

  • Keep your forearm vertical with your palm facing forward

  • Keep your wrist and hand relaxed

  • Avoid applying too much pressure on the strings

  • Position your fingers correctly

With patience and regular practice, you’ll find yourself playing barre chords with ease.

Building a Structured Practice Routine

Establishing a consistent practice routine is a fundamental part of your guitar learning process. Not only does it provide focus and progression, but it also promotes consistency and keeps you goal-oriented. So, where should you start? Begin by developing your rhythm. Here are some steps to follow:

  1. Start with simple downstrokes.

  2. Gradually add upstrokes.

  3. Add accents to your rhythm.

  4. Practice triplets. Using a metronome can help you master each rhythm before progressing.

As a beginner, committing at least 15 minutes per day to guitar practice is important. This might not seem like a lot, but consistency is key. By practicing regularly, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you make progress. Remember to practice essential skills such as:

  • picking

  • chords

  • arpeggios

  • scales

  • rhythm

  • notes

  • aural training

Mastering various styles, such as jazz guitar, can contribute to your versatility and development as a musician.

The Impact of Tailored Guitar Lessons

Each guitarist possesses a unique learning style and pace, which is why personalised guitar lessons are beneficial. Whether you’re a young learner starting your musical journey, an adult stepping into guitar playing, or an intermediate or advanced guitarist aiming to refine your skills, personalised guitar lessons can address your specific needs and assist in reaching your goals.

At Guitar Lessons Sheffield, we understand that each learner is unique. For young learners, we focus on teaching essential basic guitar techniques, building a structured practice routine, and progressing from open chords to barre chords.

For adults, we offer a beginner-friendly approach that includes understanding guitar tabs, introduction to strumming patterns, and the importance of music theory for guitar. Intermediate and advanced guitarists can further their progression by developing strumming hand coordination, understanding scale theory and soloing techniques, and enhancing their ear training and musical intuition.

Benefits for Young Learners

Young learners have a natural curiosity and a knack for learning new things. This makes them perfect students for learning the guitar. Not only can they grasp new concepts quickly, but they also find a lot of joy in the learning process. Our guitar lessons for learners aged 7 and above are designed to:

  • Inspire and empower

  • Help them build confidence

  • Quickly learn memorable songs

  • Have loads of fun

But the benefits of learning the guitar extend beyond just playing an instrument. Did you know that learning the guitar can actually boost a child’s academic performance? Studies show that playing an instrument can enlarge the left side of the brain and help children remember more information compared to non-musical pupils. Plus, guitar lessons can help a child become more focused and attentive by providing a structured activity that encourages concentration and practice.

Beginner-Friendly Approach for Adults

Learning to play the guitar isn’t just for children. Adults, too, can master this instrument and reap numerous benefits, from cognitive development to stress relief. At Guitar Lessons Sheffield, we believe it’s never too late to start learning the guitar. That’s why we offer a beginner-friendly approach for adults, complete with personalised lesson plans and a nurturing learning environment.

Private guitar lessons, including classical guitar lessons, which are tailored to your specific needs and objectives as part of comprehensive music lessons can have a dramatic impact on stress level reduction. Whether you want to learn your favourite songs, explore different musical genres, or even compose your own music, an experienced guitar teacher will guide you every step of the way during your guitar lesson. We understand that adults may have time constraints and responsibilities, which is why we ensure that our guitar tuition is flexible, engaging, and most importantly, enjoyable. With some guitar tutors providing guitar lessons online, you can learn at your own pace and convenience.

Progression for Intermediate & Advanced Guitarists

For intermediate and advanced guitarists, the journey of learning doesn’t stop at mastering the basics. There are always new skills to learn, techniques to refine, and styles to explore. Our guitar lessons for intermediate and advanced guitarists are designed to challenge you, helping you hone your skills and take your guitar playing to the next level.

Whether you want to improve your strumming hand coordination, explore scale theory and soloing techniques, or sharpen your ear training and musical intuition, our online guitar lessons, including acoustic guitar and electric guitar, can help you achieve your goals. By focusing on your individual needs, we ensure that you continue to progress at your own pace and stay inspired and motivated throughout your guitar journey.

Understanding Guitar Tabs and Sheet Music

Guitar tabs and sheet music are like the roadmaps of the music world. They guide you through the journey of a song, telling you where to go and what to do. But if you’re new to guitar playing, these roadmaps might seem a bit confusing. Don’t worry, we’re here to help you decode them.

Guitar tabs are a form of musical notation that use numbers and symbols to represent the strings and frets on the guitar. They make learning songs a breeze, even if you don’t know how to read traditional sheet music. On the other hand, sheet music is a more comprehensive form of notation that includes information about rhythm, dynamics, and more. Understanding both guitar tabs and sheet music can significantly enhance your guitar playing skills.

Decoding Guitar Tabs

So, how do you decode guitar tabs? It’s easier than you might think. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Each line in a guitar tab represents a string on the guitar.

  2. The numbers on the lines indicate which fret to play on that string.

  3. The symbols provide extra instructions, such as slides, bends, and hammer-ons, to help you perfect your sound.

But it’s not just about reading the numbers and symbols. To truly master guitar tabs, you need to understand the underlying patterns and structures. This involves recognising different chord shapes, scale patterns, and rhythmic patterns in the tabs. With practice, you’ll be able to read guitar tabs with ease and play your favourite songs like a pro.

Understanding Chord Diagrams in Tabs

Chord diagrams are another important part of guitar tabs. They are visual representations of guitar chords that show you exactly where to place your fingers on the fretboard. The vertical lines represent the strings, the horizontal lines represent the frets, and the numbers or dots indicate where to place your fingers.

Interpreting chord diagrams might seem tricky at first, but once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature. The key is to familiarise yourself with the layout of the diagram and understand what each symbol represents. With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to quickly and accurately play chords using chord diagrams in guitar tabs.

Reading Standard Notation for Guitar

While guitar tabs are a great tool for learning songs quickly, standard notation for guitar provides a more comprehensive picture of the music. It includes information about the pitch of the notes, their duration, and the rhythm of the piece. Reading standard notation can help you understand the music on a deeper level and enhance your guitar playing skills.

Reading standard notation involves:

  • Understanding the five-line staff

  • Recognising notes written in alphabetical order from A to G

  • Recognising the duration of each note

  • Distinguishing between different types of notation, such as traditional notation, tablature, and fretboard notation

With a bit of practice, you’ll be able to read standard notation with ease.

Introduction to Strumming Patterns

The rhythmic pattern of the down and up movements of your pick creates the heartbeat of the song. By mastering different strumming patterns, you can add variety and interest to your playing, making your performances more engaging and enjoyable.

Whether you’re a novice just starting or an intermediate player seeking to improve your skills, comprehending strumming patterns is vital. It allows you to create different rhythms and dynamics in your playing, and is a key component in many songs and genres of music.

In the following sections, we’ll cover basic strumming patterns for beginners and provide tips for developing strumming hand coordination.

Basic Strumming Patterns for Beginners

For beginners, it’s essential to start with fundamental strumming patterns. These include downstrokes, where you strum downward with your pick on the strings, and upstrokes, where you strum upward. By practicing these basic patterns, you can get comfortable with the motion of strumming and develop a steady rhythm.

Once you’ve mastered downstrokes and upstrokes, you can start experimenting with alternating patterns, such as down-up and down-down-up. These patterns can add variety and interest to your strumming and help you play a wider range of songs. Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you practice these strumming patterns, the more natural they will become.

Developing Strumming Hand Coordination

Cultivating coordination between your strumming hand is a vital skill for any guitarist. It involves synchronising your strumming hand with your fretting hand, ensuring that both hands are working together to produce a smooth and rhythmic sound.

There are several exercises you can do to improve your strumming hand coordination. These include:

  • Practicing strumming patterns with a metronome

  • Focusing on your strumming hand to ensure it’s moving in a steady and controlled manner

  • Breaking down complex strumming patterns into smaller, more manageable chunks.

With regular practice, you’ll be able to improve your strumming hand coordination and take your guitar playing to the next level as you learn to play guitar.

Importance of Music Theory for Guitar

Although it’s feasible to learn to play the guitar without knowledge of music theory, possessing a strong understanding of theory can significantly improve your playing. Music theory provides a framework for understanding the structure and organisation of music. It helps you understand why certain notes and chords sound good together, how to create harmonious melodies and chord progressions, and how to improvise and compose your own music.

Whether you’re a beginner aiming to establish a solid foundation or an intermediate player desiring to expand your understanding, studying music theory can elevate your guitar playing skills. In the following sections, we’ll discuss how to understand music theory, scale theory and soloing techniques, and ear training and musical intuition.

Understanding Music Theory

Music theory is like the grammar of music. It provides rules and guidelines that help you understand how music is structured and how different musical elements interact with each other. By understanding key signatures, scales, and chord progressions, you can make sense of the music you’re playing and create your own compositions with confidence.

Understanding key signatures is particularly important for guitarists. It allows you to quickly identify the notes and chords that belong to a certain key, and create harmonic progressions that fit within the musical context. Whether you’re playing a simple folk song or a complex jazz piece, having a solid understanding of music theory can greatly enhance your guitar playing.

Scale Theory and Soloing Techniques

Scales are the building blocks of music. They provide a set of notes that can be used to create melodies, solos, and chord progressions. Understanding scale theory can help you identify the chords that naturally fit within a given key or scale, enabling you to construct harmonically coherent and musically pleasing chord progressions.

Major and minor scales are the most commonly used scales in Western music, and are essential for any guitarist to learn. Pentatonic scales, which consist of just five notes, are also incredibly useful, particularly for soloing and improvisation. By mastering these scales, you can enhance your soloing techniques and create captivating solos that fit the mood of the song. Some scales to learn include:

  • Major scale

  • Natural minor scale

  • Harmonic minor scale

  • Melodic minor scale

  • Major pentatonic scale

  • Minor pentatonic scale

Practice these scales in different keys and positions on the guitar to become comfortable with them and incorporate them into your playing.

Ear Training and Musical Intuition

Finally, we consider ear training and musical intuition. Ear training involves training your ear to recognise different notes, chords, and scales by ear. This can greatly enhance your ability to play by ear, improvise, and transcribe music. It also helps you develop your musical intuition, allowing you to make musical decisions based on what sounds good to you.

Techniques for ear training include recognising intervals, chords, and melodies by ear. This might seem challenging at first, but with practice, you’ll be able to identify different musical elements by ear with ease. Like any other skill, ear training requires regular practice. But the rewards are well worth the effort.

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Whether you’re a beginner just starting out, an intermediate player looking to enhance your skills, or an advanced guitarist aiming to master the art of strumming and chords, Guitar Lessons Sheffield is here to guide you every step of the way. So, pick up your guitar, tune those strings, and let the music begin!

Frequently Asked Questions

Guitar lessons in the UK typically range from £20-£50 per hour, making the average cost of a guitar lesson around £25 per hour. Prices can vary depending on the location and experience of the guitar teacher.

30 minute guitar lessons are perfect for younger learners, while most teenagers and adults tend to benefit from 1 hour lessons either on weekly or a fortnightly basis.

Position your fingers straight down on the strings, keeping your wrist and knuckles aligned to prevent a finger catching and muting the string below. It takes time to hone this technique, so keep at it even when the string are muted until you are able to produce a clean sounding chord.

Common mistakes when starting to play barre chord include applying too much pressure on the strings tiring out your hand before the song is over, positioning the thumb incorrectly, positioning the index finger too far from the target fret, and failing to properly arch fingers causing the strings to be muted.

It depends on your musical preferences. Acoustic guitars are versatile and great for beginners, while electric guitars offer different playing styles and are often preferred for certain genres like rock and metal.

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