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Student Profile #1 : Rifka Orton

Hello,

This is the very first of my student profiles I’ll be sharing on the website.

I’ve found that people looking to learn  guitar get a lot from being able to read testimonials and read about other peoples learning experiences.  I teach a wide age range and abilities of students and people start lessons, and continue for very different reasons.

So what can I say about Rifka,  (..or Riffy..as she is often called.   A GREAT name for a guitarist!).  Riffy has been having lessons with me since she was 6.  After starting on a classical guitar she is now mostly seen with an electric guitar.  She has great playing ability, skills and techniques.  We have fun in the lessons whilst working at the moment through Rockschool Grade 2 Electric Guitar book and she has a great sense of music.

Here’s what she has to say…

Student:  Rifka Orton

1) How long have you been playing guitar?
I have been playing guitar for about six years.

2) Why did you begin guitar lessons?
I started guitar lessons because when i was six i loved the colour pink and my dad and I went to a car boot somewhere, I can’t remember where, and there was a pink-purple guitar and because of the colour i had to have it especially because it had a pony on it. My dad said I could only have it if I got guitar lessons and so I did. Now I play guitar for fun and because i don’t like pink as much I now have a red and white guitar.

3) What do you enjoy most about the lessons? and playing guitar?
I enjoy finding new songs to play and Jo helping me sound good. I also enjoy learning different techniques and styles that you find in some pieces of music and in some grading tasks.

4) What do you find the most challenging about the lessons? and playing guitar?
Some of the things I find hard include: mastering new techniques (even though I like it once I’ve mastered it), moving up a grade book and remembering scales.

5) Do you have any advice for people who may be thinking about having lessons in playing guitar?
If you own a guitar or know someone who has one that you could borrow, then try lessons out and then decide whether you want to continue.

 

Thanks Riffy!

 

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New Grade Success!

I’m very happy to belatedly congratulate my student Jamie on achieving an 80% Merit in his Rockschool Grade 1 guitar exam in December!

Jamie started having lessons with me 2 years ago after deciding the life of a rock star was calling.. now aged 10 with a nice list of benchmark riffs under his fingers (Sunshine of Your Love and Sweet Child of Mine firm favourites…) he’s on the quest of Rockschool Grades.

It’s really amazing for me to see this progress and smiles when young students are talking and getting excited about guitar. Even better when they put the work in and see themselves playing riffs they didn’t think they would be able to a few months ago.

The stage is calling! Turn up the amp….

Jo x

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New Year, Achievements & Guitar Goals

Hi All,

Happy New Year from me!

2016 was a fantastic year in terms of teaching and creativity. I had students I’m very proud of head off to University and achieve successful Guitar Grades.  I also had an influx of new students to get to know and work with.

I love the freshness of the New Year to take stock and decide what’s important and to get some new goals in place..

With learning to play guitar one of my big lessons came after I had been playing for quite a few years and that was to just pick something, practice, get good at it and learn how to use it.

For me one of those choices was when I started learning to play slide guitar.  I had always been overwhelmed with the amount of routes you can take in guitar playing and often  that would slow me down as I dabbled and didn’t really feel like I was progressing.  I struggled to know my identity and direction as a player.

I learned to make decisions through writing songs. When you write songs you have to make a decision on where to go otherwise the song never gets finished.  This is how I learned slide.  I picked a slide, a few artists and a song and began to learn.

I then began to experiment with the slide once I had some techniques and understandings down.  Then I decided to write songs using my slide.That’s how I came to play slide guitar.

One step at a time. Always.

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So my point is this when you’re on your journey of learning…  Pick something, however small and do it. This will get you somewhere.  Oh, and enjoy…(required!).

So. HAPPY NEW YEAR.  Choose a couple of goals and get stuck in.  Don’t be put off by the fact that if you set a time limit you may not be ready,   this is often the case.  You will definitely be closer than you were when you began and that should be enough motivation to keep going.   It’s also allowed for you to change your goal if it no longer fits, but, keep moving….

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Periodically take a moment to look back at what you now can do.  This can be really inspiring!

Best of Luck

Jo x

 

 

 

 

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Beginners Basic Blues Progression in C

Today I’d like to share one of the lessons / handouts I’ve created to work through with some of my beginner guitarists in relation to the legendary 12 Bar Blues.  

When looking for lesson content to get my students building on their strumming patterns and chord changing, the 12 Bar Blues is a very useful template.  In its most basic form of just 3 chords, this can be developed from the most simple rhythm of , 4 x ‘down strums’  and then adding complexity at a suitable rate.

When working with people who come to guitar playing with no experience, yet love music, this is something I have found works often, as even with Major Chords the sound of the progression is recognisable as Blues.  As the students become more learned in chords I substitute the Major Chords for Dominant 7 chords and then onto more complex chords and introduce a shuffle rhythm.  

The main focus for me with beginners is to get their hands and fingers moving around progressions once they know some chords, if they recognise the sounds they create then this is a great driver.

The handout below is also great for building in an awareness of strumming 4 times per bar and getting a feel for 12 bars and a turnaround.  Some people pick this up instinctively but not so with all learners.  I’ve found this a useful starting point!

Enjoy!

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12 Bar Blues in C

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Lesson slots available – July 2016

Hi all,

I have some slots for lessons available at the moment due to some of my long term students relocating and going off to University.  Although I am very sorry to see them go, I am also very happy and proud that we have some talented musicians developing.  The last few years have been dedicated, fun and interesting with me learning as many lessons as them…as ever.

For those interested in lessons or knowing of anyone who may be in the Liverpool area please message me for further information, to book a lesson or feel free to browse the website.

I look forward to hearing from you and starting a musical journey!

 

Thank you

Jo

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Testimonials update..

I have just added to my list of student testimonials.  I’ve been so lucky with my students and it’s sad to see them go but I’m also made up to see people go off and do what’s important in their lives, from relocating to Scotland and moving on to University…  Best of luck!

I have more testimonials here.  Have a read to see what different people, past and present have got from their lessons….there’s a whole range of ages/abilities and goals!

 

“Three years ago I set myself the challenge of learning an instrument as an adult without being able to read a note of music. Jo  Bywater ‘s name was a personal recommendation for a guitar teacher so I took the plunge. 

I struck lucky . Jo has the patience of a saint but was able to motivate me to keep going when it got tough! And tough it was. However she always picked songs which I liked and of a difficulty that she thought I could master. So three years down the line . I am still a beginner, but I have played and sung in public and no-one laughed ( my personal goal) . I am relocating so have stopped lessons but would highly recommend Jo if you are beginning or honing up your skills because she is a great teacher”
Clare Littlewood Jime 2016
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“I have been going to Jo for over a year now, I have found her an excellent tutor and as a first time learner I would recommend her highly, she has brought me on loads!”  Peter.  2016
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Jo is an inspirational teacher. She is patient, encouraging and really good at guitar. She understood that I would learn best if  I was playing what I liked and so she helped me learn to play rock and alternative styles. I would definitely recommend her to others”  Jasmin (aged 14).  2016
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Welcome to Jo Bywater Guitar Tuition

Welcome to Jo Bywater Guitar Tuition!

I’m a dedicated, passionate and enthusiastic guitar tutor based in Liverpool.  Aigburth (L17) to be precise.  This is now the official website for all of my lessons be they playing guitar, songwriting or music theory. 

I have been playing guitar for 20years and teaching for 10years.  For more details on my professional background please head to the Tutor Biography page.

I teach all styles of guitar – Rock, Pop, Folk, Blues, Funk.

Whatever level you are interested in learning at I have experience and currently teach a very wide range of ages and abilities.  My youngest student is 6years old and my oldest may not like to say! But I cater for all.

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Different reasons people are interested in guitar lessons:

A hobby

To learn or develop songwriting

To help with music education (GCSEs/A-Levels) and for aiming towards College/University

Fun in retirement or a bit of a break/something creative to do.

To develop or learn good technique (and this is relevant for all abilities!)

Acoustic Guitar skills

Electric Guitar skills

To learn to accompany whilst singing

Performance advice/development

To invest in creative expression

The list is quite endless……

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The bottom line is that whatever your wish regards playing guitar I can help. 

For those interested in taking Grades I can offer RGT, Rockschool and ABRSM at each level.  I have 100% pass rate.

Please have a look around the site and if there is anything else I can be of assistance with on your journey to deciding how you would like lessons please contact me on: 07810 267 574  or jo@jobywater.com

Good Luck!

Jo

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