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Since taking lessons off Jo my progress has been brilliant and I’m so happy with how well I can play a Guitar and understand music now, I was struggling for years on my own and close to giving up, trying to learn and grasp how the whole concept of music works and what goes on behind a song and the basis of it all has been so much better with Jo, Jo has a outstanding knowledge of music and I highly recommend. Franny. 2019.

I have had guitar lessons for a couple of years now with Jo. I would recommend Jo for anybody wishing to learn the guitar of any age, Jo Is patient and focusses your lessons around your learning needs and what you are looking to achieve. Jo has a great knowledge of music and styles and has helped my achieve my first couple of Graded Exams. Great Teacher . Gareth. 2019.

I am moving along with lessons on slide guitar with Jo….and loving every session. Jo is extremely patient and knowledgeable , able to pick out the smallest of errors and suggest how to correct them. As she has stated above, the lessons are indeed individually tailored to my level and what I want to achieve. Very professional in all that she does , and a genuinely nice person that puts me at my ease and encourages me all the way. Just wish I had found her before now. The future looks bright. Dave. 2019.

I can’t recommend Jo highly enough, she’s been excellent teaching my daughter and very patient when I’ve had the odd couple of lessons myself . Chris. 2019.

Jo was happy to tailor my lessons to focus on what I wanted to and encouraged me to start finger picking much sooner than I thought I was ready to! I’ve had to take a break from lessons but I’ve gained a lot of confidence in my own abilities in a short time. Megan. 2019.

Jo was brilliant with my son I found her at the last minute and she helped him prepare for his grade 5 theory exams in just 2 months and he came out with flying colours and has got into LIPA to pursue his BaHons in Music. Jo is very accommodating and patient, my son said that she made him feel comfortable and at ease during his lessons. Thank you jo so much for your help. Michelle. 2019.

My daughter has come on in leaps and bounds over a very short space of time. Jo is an amazing tutor!. We take an hours drive every week and it’s been totally worth it!. Thank you so much Jo! Enola. 2019.

My son was a total beginner but knew he wanted lessons, Jo was the perfect teacher as she let Billy learn the basics the way he wanted, by playing his favourite music at the same time. she is an excellent teacher…thankyou. Peter. 2019.

I have had lessons from Jo for the past 3 years, since having these lessons i have learned so much and have thoroughly enjoyed them. I completed my grade 4 and worked on my grade 5 with Jo, she helped me so much. Our lessons were great and i was really comfortable around Jo. I have had 3 guitar teachers since playing the guitar from the age of 10 and Jo is by far the best teacher I have had. I am currently taking a break from guitar to focus on my GCSE’s and if i decide to continue again after my exams, i wouldn’t hesitate to continue lessons with Jo. I would highly recommend her.  Ella, aged 15. 2019.

I began my guitar lessons with Jo with little to no knowledge of how to play. Jo made me feel at ease straight away learning my motivations behind wanting to play the guitar and tailoring her teaching style in line with that. She is very patient and thorough in how she teaches and really broke everything down for me in a way that I could understand. 
Jo always put a huge effort into lessons preparing songs I’d mentioned I would like to learn in order to keep me engaged and motivated; I couldn’t have found a better tutor. 
Currently taking a short break from lessons but will definitely be taking them up again, Jo is a great tutor who also became a friend and I would definitely recommend her to anyone wanting to learn the guitar or expand on the skills they currently have. Thanks Jo! – Hannah. 2019.


Jo is a fun teacher who I enjoy having lessons with. She likes the same rock music as me so understands what kind of music I want to learn to play. She breaks the songs down so they are easier to play. She’s patient and a really good guitarist – James. 2018.


I was under Jo’s tutelage for many years. Before Jo, I was already a fairly advanced electric guitar player, but fancied learning finger style acoustic guitar. This, I was a complete beginner at. I found Jo’s lessons extremely rewarding, and now my acoustic skills far exceed my electric guitar playing. Jo and I learned many songs together, including Nick Drake and Bert Jansch to name just a couple. Jo managed to break these incredibly complex songs into easy to understand segments and displayed great patience as I fumbled my way through to begin with. On a general note, I found Jo to be a very friendly and knowledgeable tutor. I would have no trouble at all recommending Jo to anyone! – Keith. 2018.


Jo was recommended by a mum in school. She is not only a great guitar instructor but a lovely lady. My son started guitar lessons when he was 7 years old. Jo is patient and has a way of breaking things down so it is easy to learn and enjoyable. She listens to what you want. My son learnt to read the music when playing electric guitar. She helped him get ready for school entrance and music exams. I cannot recommend Jo highly enough – Victoria. 2018.


Jo is a very patient , skilled tutor with vast knowledge , I started my musical journey in playing later than most students , and currently taking a small gap , but will be back in touch with jo as soon as I can , I have switched between acoustic , electric and back again , all of this is no problem to jo , highly recommend, thanks jo! – Allan, Wirral.  2018.


As an absolute beginner, from my first lesson with Jo I was made to feel at ease and very comfortable. She was very patient and nothing was too much trouble. She tailored my tuition to suit my musical tastes which made my learning more enjoyable. I have had to take a break in my lessons but would not hesitate in recommending Jo to anyone seeking a very competent and talented tutor and I look forward to resuming my tuition in the near future – Lynn.  2017.


Isobel really enjoys her guitar lessons, they’re fun yet focused. You quickly developed a good understanding of her and helped build her confidence to a ‘can do’ attitude. She has increasingly improved over the time she has spent in your sessions and we are very grateful – Kelly. 2017.


I have loved having lessons with Jo. She is a great teacher and always manages to find something positive to say about my attempts at playing the guitar. Learning the guitar has taken me out my comfort zone and there are times when I could feel like an idiot for not being able to grasp something but Jo manages to encourage and guide me through the new strums or chords with gentle patience. Fantastic! I would highly recommend Jo – Caroline. 2017.


To anyone thinking of taking guitar lessons I’d strongly recommend Jo. I have found her one-to-one instruction and advice about my own guitar playing invaluable – much easier than trying to learn from a book or You-Tube video.
Before taking lessons, I muddled on and off for years by myself without making any real progress beyond a few basic chords. I got into a bad habit of settling for easy to play songs and abandoning anything I found difficult.
Learning songs I really want to play with Jo has made a huge difference to my playing. It has given me the confidence to attempt more challenging pieces which I previously thought were beyond my reach. When I’ve been struggling Jo has managed to work her magic with different suggestions and approaches. I wouldn’t describe myself as a natural guitar player, but Jo has the patience of a saint and has really helped me to steadily improve over the last three years – Mal. 2017.


From my first email to Jo inquiring about lessons I knew I was in the right hands, she took an immediate interest in my musical interests, and my current progress. Jo quickly picked up on where I was at in my playing and meshed this together with the music I like to keep me enjoying what I was doing. She listened to what I wanted to learn and helped me develop my fingerpicking which has made significant progress from working with her. Her lessons are enjoyable, relaxed and informative, with loads of little tricks to try to improve your playing or make things easier. I recommend Jo to anyone who wants to start to learn guitar, or to further their knowledge! – Hanna. 2017.


Our 8 year old daughter started with Jo as a complete beginner guitar player. Jo quickly built an excellent rapport with her, showing constant patience and encouragement, whilst allowing our daughter to work things out for herself. We would highly recommend Jo to guitar players of any level! – Anne. 2017.


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. Adult Beginner.


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.


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.


As an adult guitar learner, Jo has been ever so patient with me and my confidence in playing has improved immeasurably. Jo is a talented and knowledgeable teacher and I would absolutely recommend her – Normandie. 2016.


Jo is outstanding, I was having trouble sumarising Jo’s guitar tuition, but that just about covers it. I’ve taken up guitar for a couple of reasons, but mostly personal amusement. Given that I’ve started with almost zero musical knowledge, Jo has shown extreme patience, insight and skill in diagnosing the numerous inventive ways I find to get things wrong. She works well, finding where I’m going wrong, correcting and providing ways for me to improve. Jo is good at providing building blocks you need and breaking things down into manageable chunks to learn.Simply put, in my opinion, it’s definitely worth seeking Jo out and seeing how she can help your guitar playing progress – Chris.  2016.


Jo has been a fantastic and inspirational teacher for me. As a “mature” learner who has been trying to play guitar for several decades, I’ve had several teachers but Jo has really helped me to develop in ways that none of the others could. She responds fully to my preferences regarding songs and styles and also comes up with excellent ideas. The mix of technique and performance practice is perfect for me. And she’s such an easy person to like – Jack.


Jo has been teaching my two daughters for around 3 years now and in that time they have made great progress in using various techniques, grade work and playing for pleasure. Importantly they really enjoy their lessons and their practice! – Annette.


Jo Bywater is the best guitar teacher I have ever had. The lessons are very much focused on my own interests and the songs and skills I wish to learn which makes practising much more fun than just having tasks set for me. She has a fantastic eye for detail and uses this ability to break down complex riffs and songs into smaller, more easily understood techniques. Jo is patient, she communicates really well and is very understanding and flexible with lesson times and bookings. I would recommend any guitarist, beginner or expert to take lessons with Jo as her great skill and broad knowledge mean everyone stand to learn something new – Dan.


From the very first lesson Sophie had with Jo, she was hooked! At first she found getting to grips with the guitar difficult but through Jo’s endless patience, not to mention skill, encouragement and flair, she progressed extremely quickly. Sophie will be attending ACM College in Guildford to study music. Jo’s teaching has without doubt increased her confidence in guitar playing and songwriting and has inspired her even more to reach her goals. Thank you so much Jo – what a find! – Carol.
You’ve made me fall in love with playing guitar, and even when I struggle and get impatient you always re-gained my confidence. I know for a fact if I wouldn’t have had you as my teacher, I would have given up when it got too hard, I wouldn’t have had the courage to make songs my own or even write originals! Any student would be lucky to have you Jo. Thank you for everything – Sophie.


Jo’s enthusiasm for both teaching and playing is contagious. She’s helped me bring my guitar skills to life – Blythe.


Jo is patient, enthusiastic and has made learning guitar excellent fun for my daughter and myself, spanning our ages from 7 to rather not say. Riffy always seems to come out bouncing after a lesson – Chris.


I think you are a really good guitarist and are really good at teaching me. I really enjoy guitar lessons with you – Riffy.


My little girl thinks Jo is really cool! – Selina.


If you want to figure out how to get about those six strings, go to Jo. She’s ace! – Kaya.


Anyone wanting guitar lessons – check this out! Highly recommended! – El.

Jo Bywater has passion and soul. She could teach you a lot – Eddie.

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  1. Peter & Bily

    my son was a total beginner but knew he wanted lessons, Jo was the perfect teacher as she let Billy learn the basics the way he wanted, by playing his favourite music at the same time. she is an excellent teacher…thankyou

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