About Me

About

I have been playing in Cambridgeshire bands and teaching guitar and bass professionally since 1994, as an intuitively experienced guitarist & bassist and a skilled confident teacher, I have been able to successfully coach literally hundreds of keen & aspiring guitarists and bass players in the last 29 years. From the age of 7 years, old I always had a love and passion for music and has been playing live and recording with numerous bands since I was 16.

Passing on his wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm through my tutoring has been a vastly rewarding and ongoing goal.

Alongside my private guitar teaching, I remain a very active musician. I currently play bass for the alternative Indie band The Contrast, who are with Steven Van Zandt’s New York City record label WickedCool and Angel Air Records here in the UK, as well as The Expletives – an exciting punk & new wave tribute band.

Music Qualifications & Achievements:

  • Sound Engineering/Recording Diploma with merit
  • Registry of Guitar Tutors continual membership since 1995
Location

Barnes Way, Werrington, Peterborough PE4 6QD, UK

Geolocation

52.61183339999999,-0.2741559

Instrument(s) Taught

Bass, Composition, Guitar, Music History, Music Production, Music Theory, Songwriting, Sound Engineering

Where do lessons take place?

Teacher's Location

Instrument

Bass, Composition, Guitar, Music History, Music Production, Music Theory, Songwriting, Sound Engineering

Lesson Type

In-Person

Lesson Prices

60 mins

£20.00

30 mins

£10.00

Contact Me

Get in Touch

Reviews

Reviews

May 19, 2021

I have been learning guitar with Richard for nearly 3 years. When I joined I had a small amount of self taught experience, with some bad habits, but Richard quickly got to work setting me on the right path and working on the right way to do things. Every lesson is an experience, tailored to my personal taste in music, and driving me forwards in terms of level of skill and difficulty, whilst always being conscious of when things may be slightly beyond reach for my current level.

He’s a truly exceptional and highly respected guitarist and teacher, who will not only get you to where you want to be as a player, but will also expand your experience in music along the way.

A truly great guy, I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Dom Bradshaw
Verified
May 19, 2021

An absolutely brilliant teacher with an infectious passion for all kinds of music.

At the age of 36 I only picked up a guitar 2 years ago and Rich has made the learning experience fun and accessible.

He breaks down complex concepts in to fun and easy to understand chunks and the progress I’ve made so far is well beyond my expectations.

You can’t fake the kind of enthusiasm Rich has and the pride and excitement on his face when you get something right or make progress keeps you engaged and hungry to learn more.

Can’t recommend him enough.

Oli Shelley
Verified
May 19, 2021

Started learning with Richard over 5 years ago now and dont regret a single minute of it, very patient very knowledgeable and would 0 recommend him to anyone wishing to learn guitar

Drew Vaughan
Verified
May 19, 2021

When I got to Richard I was at a musical stop in the road thought I couldn’t get any better. I have been attending Richards lessons for nearly 3 years he has vast knowledge, skill and talent to teach you songs you want to learn and write your own stuff and record it all in a calm and safe environment. Not only that an hour’s lesson is exceptionally reasonable in price.

Oliver Coomber
Verified
May 19, 2021

Great teacher, put me at ease from the start of our lessons and really helped me to develop my guitar playing. Huge wealth of music knowledge and his anecdotes from his time playing in various bands are great. Helped me to start writing my own songs, be confidenct as a guitar player and really enjoy playing again. Highly recommended.

Simon
Verified
May 19, 2021

I’ve had lessons with Richard for a few years now, for both Bass and guitar and I consider him as a friend and teacher. He knows just the right level to teach to and how to bring you on what ever level you are. His tabulated sheets are always spot on and I’ve found them to be far more accurate than what you find on line. He also kept me going through lockdown with tabed music sheets and videos through the post.

Alan
Verified
May 19, 2021

Been having lessons with Richard for about 2 years now and I can honestly say it’s sped up my progress by about 10x as well and vastly expanding my music taste. From music theory to composition and covers, the lessons have covered an extensive range of skills for a very reasonable price too. One of the loveliest and easiest people to talk to also!

Holly
Verified
May 19, 2021

Been having lessons for a few years Richard’s always patience, if your struggling on parts he can always work something out for you, if you put in the time and effort along with what your being taught your soon be having fun, on a plus side if your after a night of fun go along to an expletives gig, been to a few always a great night

Darren Allaway
Verified
May 19, 2021

Richard is an excellent guitar teacher. He has a passion for music and teaching which is rare to find in most guitar teachers and he always strives to bring out the best in you. If you put in the effort and the time you will get double the effort and time back. He is able to help students at school with their GCSE and if you want to join a band then he also has the contacts.

So if you are serious about learning the guitar then give Richard a call. Will be the best decision you make.

David
Verified
May 19, 2021

After always wanting to play an instrument but never having the confidence or opportunity to, this year at age 39 I started with Rich. He made me feel comfortable straight away and having no prior musical experience was not an issue to him at all. In my first lesson he was getting me ‘playing’ beyond my expectations and every lesson since that one has been varied in discovering new music and challenges. I now listen to music in a totally different way. Rich really does tune in to the student and pushes for perfection without being too overwhelming or demanding. I am very pleased with my progress and the tuition received.

Nathan costello
Verified
May 19, 2021

Richard is an incredible guitarist and bass player and an awesome teacher. After over 4 years with him I am still in awe of no matter what piece of music I throw at him he can listen to it, play it and break it down so I can play it and continue to develop my playing. His knowledge and understanding of music, and the history of modern music is incredible and he has introduced me to some great new bands. On top of this Richard is an all round top bloke and I cannot recommend him highly enough.

Dewi Matthews
Verified
May 19, 2021

I’ve been having lessons with Rich for over two years now. I whole heartedly recommend him. He’s a real gigging musician with a real passion for music and his enthusiasm is contagious. He has a encyclopedic knowledge of rock, metal, punk and pretty much any popular music and pick out and play perfect examples to illustrate his points. Aside from that, he’s a good bloke to talk to anyway! He shows a genuine interest and we have a laugh every lesson. I have to admit, I’m not the most focused student but I’ll often come with some half- baked idea I’ve got and Rich will see the diamond in the rough. He’ll help me develop it, add bass, drums and some amazing embellishments off the top of his head and by the end I’m walking out with a great sounding recording. It’s so much fun and so rewarding. To be fair it’s a lot more than just a guitar lesson. I’ve had other guitar teachers, but Rich is the best by far.

David McLaughlan
Verified
May 19, 2021

After taking early retirement I wanted to learn to play guitar. Richard’s knowledge, patience and teaching skills has got me to a level I could only dream of. I’m now having a bash at bass, quite successfully if I do say so myself, if you want to learn you won’t find a better tutor.

Steve Vaughan
Verified
May 19, 2021

Richard is a great teacher who allows you to progress at your own rate, using your own preferred choice of music. He’s incredibly patient, listens to concerns and guides you through in a step-by -step manner. I’ve been taking lessons with Richard for a little under two years and have progressed massively in this time.

John Cooper
Verified
May 19, 2021

Richard is a great tutor, he’s knowledgeable, passionate about music and talented. Richard is also a great guy and therefore he’s a pleasure to learn from.

Steve
Verified
May 19, 2021

Excellent teacher NOT just a one size fits all approach to teaching but a very much down to earth and friendly way of teaching and will help you grow as a musician by teaching you songs you want to learn and letting you take your own path

Dan Turner
Verified
May 18, 2021

He’s one of the better teachers out there. Would differently recommend. I’ve had a lot of fun times while I have had lessons of him. he’s a very good teacher who really cares about his students progress and quality of guitar playing and go’s the extra mile to help.

cayne poulter
Verified
May 18, 2021

Rich has been such a great tutor for me in the past 2 years, with the horrors of lockdown to deal with, whenever we’ve been able to meet up and have a face to face lesson it’s made life more enjoyable, Rich is patient and sold when it come to encouragement and support and is a superbly inspiring guitarist , enabling me to play songs I never thought possible.

Thanks Rich.

Tara
Verified
April 12, 2021

Richard is a Super teacher I’ve learnt so much in the past year and am well on the way to becoming the player I always wanted – it has been a dream and ambition of mine to play music ever since I was a child and the time effort and reliable commitment that both Rich & I have put in has been very worthwhile. I look forward to many more lessons with him in 2020.

Anaisha Singh
Verified
April 12, 2021

An excellent tutor – I’ve had guitar lessons with Rich for 2 years now, enabling me to gain a place on the Peterborough Regional College music diploma course for which I am incredibly grateful. If you are genuinely Serious about your music and are Reliable with your lessons and hard working I can think of no better teacher.

Rachel Elliss
Verified
April 12, 2021

Rich is a superb teacher and very focused on bringing the best out in you as a student, he has helped my 13 year old son with his passion for Brian May and Queen and with the regime and routine of regular and reliable lessons/practice sessions Rich has given him an incredible gift as a player and performer.

Highly recommended if you are serious about your music and are prepared to put in the time and effort.

Chris Jones
Verified
April 12, 2021

Rich is an inspiring and talented teacher who really cares about his students. He passes on all the experience of his many years in music and I’ve loved learning with him. He has taught me not just bass but about how to get the best tone, playing live, how to set up a rig, and most of all he is always there to give me a confidence boost when I need one. Now my son comes to Rich too! There is loads more to learning to play than just picking up a bass or guitar. Rich has shown me all of that and it is down to him that I am with my band.

Karen Gadd and Louis Wild
Verified
April 12, 2021

I had lessons with Rich for what must have been most of a decade: he took me from being self taught and, well, ‘OK’ as a lead guitarist to a much better player. That and he has a fantastic ear when it came to transcribing stuff I wanted (or, given the band I was in at the time, NEEDED) to learn. Can’t recommend him enough, no matter what level you’re at now.

Mike Whitaker
Verified
April 12, 2021

For a complete novice student Richard is an incredibly patient and supportive tutor. I was never the most skilled guitarist but the simple pleasure derived from finally being able to play songs you really love, when a lot of teachers wouldn’t give you the time of day, really means a lot. He has a down to earth and friendly nature which puts any nerves aside right from lesson one.As well as letting me progress at the level and with the songs I felt comfortable with Richard also made lots of suggestions for songs I’d like and really expanded my musical tastes which before that had been quite limited. I definitely recommend him – whatever your skill level.

Caroline Marshall
Verified
April 12, 2021

You will be hard pushed to find a more passionate, knowledgeable and reasonably priced guitar tutor in Cambridgeshire. I started lessons with Richard in my early teens and continued almost a decade later after university. As a young beginner he struck a great balance of being nurturing and giving me a kick up the arse when needed . He was instrumental in not only helping me to improve my playing ability, but also broaden my taste in music and quite honestly grow as an individual. I took up lessons after university because more than anything else, it was a pleasure. Can’t recommend him enough.

Robin Eagle
Verified
April 12, 2021

Every lesson is better than the last. Richard adds new techniques, pushes the next level of playing, explains everything with his amazing knowledge. Highlight of my week. Highly recommended.

Karen Gadd
Verified
April 12, 2021

Richard is an incredible teacher with exceptional knowledge of both the guitar and bass. He is very welcoming to both beginners and more advanced students. Richard is also very patient and accepting if you’re having trouble. He is very enthusiastic and will teach exactly what you want and need to know! Highly recommend!

Charlotte Scott
Verified
April 12, 2021

Patient and very knowledgeable, full of ideas and enthusiasm, nothing appears to phase Richard and is an excellent guitar and bass tutor. If you wish to learn guitar or bass, go nowhere else.

Habib Khan
Verified
April 12, 2021

“I went to Richard to learn how to play the guitar 4 years ago. His incredible music knowledge along with his teaching style has pushed me well beyond what I expected I was able to do. I am now writing my own music, I have recorded with Richard, have been in 2 previous bands and am now in Stockholm Sweden starting my own originals band. I can’t recommend Richard highly enough. He will put you at ease and will help you play and appreciate the finer points of music in such a way that when you go to see professional bands play, you will pick up everything that they do and be able to adjust and apply it to your own playing style. A consummate professional who will always go that extra mile for you and a truly amazing guy. Proud to call him my guitar teacher and friend.”

Stephen Boyle
Verified
April 12, 2021

“Inspiring teacher, great guitarist, and wonderful guy. Has really helped develop my guitar playing and taught me masses of techniques. Plus, he’s introduced me to fabulous new music and shown me how to play it. Comes highly recommended as the best guitar teacher in the area.”

Adam Pasco
Verified
April 12, 2021

“Richard Mackman ignited the touchpaper which developed into the Dresdenesque firestorm that is my infatuation with the writing, producing and recording process, resulting in a Bachelor of Arts, a shedload of gigs, studio sessions and a study full of noisy things. He can teach you to play the guitar and a lot more.”;

Kurt Malton
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