James Martin fell in love with the guitar way back in 1994, and has been teaching privately since 1996, becoming a full time professional guitar teacher in 2007. So far, James has authored two guitar teaching books, Zero Point Guitar and Progressive Guitar Training Pts 1 & 2, as well as a bass guitar book, Zero Point Bass.
His qualifications include:
Licentiate Of The London College Of Music (Electric Guitar Performance)
Associate Of The London College Of Music (Electric Guitar Performance)
Diploma In Contemporary Popular Music
Rockschool Grade 8 guitar (distinction)
Rockschool Grade 8 bass (merit)
LCM Popular Music Theory Grade 8 (distinction)
Trinity classical guitar Grade 8 (merit)
RGT Acoustic Guitar Grade 8 (distinction)
James is registered with the Registry Of Guitar Tutors and was the featured teacher in the September 2011 issue of Guitar Techniques (issue 195), and in addition is a fully trained Rockschool examiner with full CRB disclosure.
Experience includes two years as a professional guitarist working for Bourne Leisure and Princess Cruises, also orchestra, studio recording work and over 2000 gigs, both nationally and internationally. Current activities include peripatetic teaching at Castle Rock High School in Coalville, Woodbrook Vale High School in Loughborough, and Humphrey Perkins High School in Barrow on Soar as well as private lessons.
In addition to this, James also writes and records original music and performs regularly around the Midlands with well known local covers bands Guilty Pleasures and Dave The Rock Band , and is available for solo bookings with a wide repertoire of classical / easy listening solo guitar music.
Lessons take place in a dedicated music room, facilities include 24 track digital recorder, a computer equipped with Line 6 Riffworks & Cubase VST sequencer software, PowerTab, Tux Guitar and Guitar Pro transcription software, a wide variety of instruments including drums, bass, keyboards, steel- and nylon- strung acoustic and a variety of electric guitars, TV and DVD player and basic repair facilities. Lessons are generally one-on-one, although parents are welcome to sit in (often recommended for younger students).
Lesson prices are £22 per hour, £13 for half an hour (recommended for younger students) or £17 for 45 minutes.
If you are unable to attend, please give 24 hours notice or full fee will be charged (although rescheduling can be arranged in some instances), and due to a busy schedule it is appreciated if students can stick as close as possible to their time slots.
Rockschool, RGT and Trinity Guildhall guitar grades can be catered for, depending on student's interest.
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James has been teaching me to play guitar for the past 6 months and has been overall, fantastic! - very patient, thoughtful and adapts the lesson plan to you the pupil. As well as providing print-outs of guitar tablatures and scores for self learning, his dedicated teaching room is clean, warm and musically focussed, which creates a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere to help you focus. He is also an incredibly talented and gifted guitar player - the best I've seen and can play pretty much any style of music to a very high standard.
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