“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
“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”
“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”
“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.”       
“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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