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Steve Down
Exeter Guitar Tutor

Bespoke guitar and theory lessons designed to help you achieve your goal in a creative and exciting way. Anyone can get creative with an instrument and everyone starts somewhere so why not start today!

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Here we are learning how to play the guitar solo from Robben Ford’s track ‘Help The Poor’.

Here is the second episode in our look at ‘Help The Poor’ by Robben Ford.

In this lesson we look at some more stunning blues vocabulary and also an introduction to the Altered scale which shows off Robben’s jazz vocabulary.

Well worth a look so you can add some spice to your blues playing! These lessons will be spanning over 5 weeks.

There is a free backing track available on request and the free transcription is available in the media section.

The piece we are looking at is Robben Ford’s ‘Help The Poor’ from his 1988 seminal album ‘Talk To Your Daughter’. For those of you looking to improve your technique, blues skills and blues vocabulary this is definitely worth looking at.

Good luck, have fun and remember to let me know if you need any help by sending me a message on here or at info@exeterguitarlessons.com

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About
Steve

I have been teaching guitar and music theory for over a decade, as well as being an active professional musician. Graduating with a 1st Class degree in Music from Southampton University, I have since worked with many world class artists including Joss Stone, Jeff Beck, Beverley Knight, Joselyn Brown, Nitin Sawhney, Lamar, Mica Paris, Incognito, Lack Of Afro, Leigh Coleman, The Voice contestant Hannah Berney, Keith Emerson, KT Tunstall… I have performed at prestigious venues and festivals worldwide including Wembley Stadium, The Royal Albert Hall, Byron Bay Blues Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

I have over a decade of experience teaching guitar and music theory in colleges and schools, as well as teaching private students and running group and university workshops. I have a full DBS check, Public Liability Insurance and am a member of the Musicians Union and the Registry of Guitar Tutors.

I uphold a friendly and professional attitude towards lessons, making sure the student gets the most out of their time with me and has fun. I encourage students to nurture their creativity in their musical journey, learning not just to play and reproduce what they hear, but develop their own voice, improvise and compose for themselves, be it a short riff or a symphony!

Lessons are planned around the students needs and abilities. I am able to teach all abilities from beginner to advanced, in all styles (including classical, rock, pop, funk and jazz) on both electric and acoustic guitar. Sight reading, reading tablature, and music theory are all taught within the lesson and I am able to tutor students through performance and theory exams. It’s not all about results, but for students looking to take grade exams I offer Rock School, RGT, LCM, ABRSM and Trinity College exam boards. I have a proven track record of success, with over 95% of students achieving a Distinction, and 100% achieiving Merit or higher. I can also support students with GCSE and A-Level studies in Music.

When I’m not teaching, performing or behind a guitar, you’ll probably find me walking through the Devon countryside with my miniature dachshund or enjoying some good food and local ale with my wife and baby son.

Duration 15 Mins 20 Mins 30 Mins 45 Mins 60 Mins
Session Price £8.00 £10.00 £15.00 £22.00 £30.00
Duration Session Price
15 Mins £8.00
20 Mins £10.00
30 Mins £14.50
45 Mins £20.00
60 Mins £26.00

Get one free lesson when you book a whole term!

Terms and Conditions
  • All lessons are one-to-one. Group lessons are available upon request.
  • Lessons are conducted at either my teaching studio, the students home or can be arranged at their school/college if they are of school age. All travel expenses are included in the prices above (unless outside of a 10 miles radius of EX2 6HN).
  • All lessons must be paid for up front unless otherwise agreed.
  • Once a slot is taken it will role permanently unless cancelled by the client or teacher. If the lessons are at a school an end of term at a school DOES NOT cancel the slot. Lesson notice MUST be given or the lesson slot will role into the next term.
  • Cancellations must be made with at least 24 hours notice to avoid being charged for the lesson.
  • 6 weeks notice must be given for permanently cancelling lessons unless otherwise agreed.

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Tel: 07908471120

Email: info@exeterguitarlessons.com

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