Croydon Guitar Tuition

The Best Guitar Lessons in Croydon

Learning Guitar Could Change Your Life For The Better, Forever

The most flexible and effective method ever for fast results, sociable music-making and performance opportunities!

  • Have you had guitar lessons or tried to teach yourself before but made slow, frustrating progress?
  • Did you get bored learning in way that felt irrelevant, uninspiring and out-of- date?
  • Would you love to learn an instrument but have no idea how this would fit into your busy life?
  • Do you watch the musicians among your friends or on television and think “I wish I could do that”?
  • Have you always wanted to perform or play with others, but just don’t have the opportunity or the confidence?

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” and you live in any of the following areas:

Croydon, Selsdon, Waddon, Sanderstead, Purley, Addiscombe, Shirley, Coulsdon, Carshalton, Wallington or Caterham, then you have come to the right place!

My name is Vicki Workman, and at Croydon Guitar Tuition, my teachers and I have helped hundreds of students with problems like these, and many more. We understand that life is busy and to make learning fun and rewarding for you or your child, you need to see fast results and learn the music that you love. In fact, our specialism is taking beginner guitarists who can’t play a note and transforming them into great musicians who can realise all of their playing ambitions. You won’t believe how much fun learning an instrument can be!

Are You Frustrated With Your Lack Of Progress?

  • There are lots of reasons why people just like you give up on their guitar playing, or worse still, never find the confidence to start at all…for example…
  • Perhaps you’ve had lessons before but didn’t feel they were relevant to the kinds of music you listen to and are looking for a more personalised learning strategy
  • Maybe you’ve been teaching yourself from resources such as Youtube, tab sites, guitar magazines and DVDs, but are feeling confused and de-motivated by conflicting advice and unclear guidance
  • You might have watched your friends seem to pick things up easily and are worried that you’re just not a ‘natural’
  • Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn guitar, but you’re worried that your busy lifestyle will get in the way of your progress…

I Can Help You Play Guitar The Way You Want To

Sure, there are many ways to learn guitar. There are even many ways to learn guitar which will work… eventually. But why not choose the method specifically designed to give you the fastest, most flexible results for maximum rewards and enjoyment?

That’s exactly what my teachers and I at Croydon Guitar Tuition deliver.

I’ve spent years devising the most flexible and effective method EVER for fast and enjoyable progress.

Our tuition schedule means that you attend as many lessons as you like, at a time and on a topic that suits you. That means no getting bored with repetitive or irrelevant sessions, no gaps in tuition when your other commitments mean you can’t attend a regular slot, and the opportunity to progress up to 75% faster by attending multiple classes each week.

Need help outside of lesson time? No problem. Our amazing online student resources mean that you can get support with your playing at any time of the day or night, and even chat to your fellow students and teachers about your progress in our forum community.

“My progress has been amazing; to be able to play a recognisable tune on my guitar after such a short time is astounding.”

Kate

“I really enjoy the informal approach of the lessons and the ability to talk and play with other budding guitarists. There is also a great deal of flexibility with the lessons. For example if you cannot make a lesson, you can attend at another time that week or make up the lesson at a later date.

Dave

Why You Should Learn Guitar With Me

I launched Croydon Guitar Tuition back in 2005, when I took the exciting decision to combine my love of music and teaching others with a rewarding career. Since then, I have enjoyed helping hundreds of beginner guitarists become great musicians.

In 2010 I joined the Elite Guitar Teachers Inner Circle, a worldwide community of guitar teachers, who discuss new and innovative ways to help their students become incredible guitar players (and have a lot of fun in the process!). Since then I have gone from strength to strength, improving my knowledge and teaching skills immeasurably and, more importantly, applying passing all this good stuff onto my students.

In 2015, I didn’t take a summer holiday. Instead, I spent six days and nights in a hotel conference room with many of these guitar teachers at a very special Guitar Teachers’ Super Summit International, where I learnt EVEN MORE cool stuff about how to help my students become the guitar players they want to be!

Around the same time, I expanded to include our other teachers, Mike and Zak, who are bringing their own amazing skills and experience to our tuition packages. Between us, we have decades of experience as both musicians and teachers, and we love using this to help students just like you achieve their guitar playing aspirations.

We keep detailed notes on the progress of every single student so that together we can help you to track your development as a musician and achieve your playing goals, and we meet every single week to discuss and plan the best way to teach you.

Find out more about us here: [link to About Us page]

“Vicki’s lessons are like no music lessons I’ve had before. Within a single year of me having lessons with Vicki, I was up on stage playing ‘Highway to Hell’ by AC/DC and ‘Wonderful Tonight’ by Eric Clapton!”

Khusro

The lessons are completely customised to each student and his/her learning style and this makes the student feel confident in his/her abilities to learn something completely new to them. Hari enjoys the group lessons now and loves practising at home. I can most definitely see how he has grown from knowing nothing about a guitar to being confident to play in front of people and enjoy it!

Hari

When you take guitar lessons with Croydon Guitar Tuition, you will…

  • Learn the right things, in the right order, at the right time, so that you can measure your progress and not get overwhelmed trying to do too much, too soon
  • Enjoy the process of learning and practicing, so that you make fast, continuous progress
  • Learn how to practice the guitar effectively, so that you can gain maximum results
  • Regularly play with others, so that you can contextualise your playing in real-life
    musical situations
  • Improve motivation, relieve stress and enjoy the many benefits of sociable music-
    making!
  • Play the songs you love, which will help keep you excited and inspired
  • Improve your rhythm, timing, technique, aural skills and general musicianship
  • Experience the unbeatable thrill of live performance
  • Get opportunities to record yourself playing guitar, so that you can hear how far
    you’ve come!
  • Access countless additional extras such as jam sessions, showcases, special
    workshops and much, much more…

Still Have Questions?

Choosing the right guitar teacher for you is a big decision, so naturally you’ll have questions…

I would like to learn to play the guitar but have no musical experience and can’t read music. Does this matter?
Many people believe that they are “not musical” but I believe that if you love listening to music or have any kind of interest in learning to play the guitar at all, then that’s all you need! Everybody has to start somewhere, after all. Before you start lessons with me, I’ll find out a bit about your musical background and make sure that you’re learning things that are relevant to where you’re at and what you know. I place a high emphasis on getting you to PLAY the guitar as soon as possible, and this can be achieved regardless of whether or not you can read music.
Do I have to supply my own guitar?
I am able to provide a guitar for you if you want to attend your Free Assessment Lesson before buying an instrument. However, you will need one in order to practice and progress in between your lessons, as this is when you’ll do the majority of your learning! My teachers and I will show you the best ways to practice the material you learn and will be on hand in between lessons to help you out if you get stuck.
Should I learn on an acoustic or electric guitar?
This really depends on what you want to do with it! Think about the kinds of music you enjoy and would like to be able to play. If you’re into laid back singer-songwriter stuff and would like to learn to play some songs and maybe have a go at singing along, an acoustic guitar would probably be a good bet for you. If you listen to loud rock music and want to learn to play some crunchy riffs and screaming solos, then an electric guitar is more likely to be the way to go. There is no law that says you need to learn to play on one kind of guitar before “progressing” onto another. You should find an instrument that is going to get you excited to pick it up and play it 😀
When are you available to teach me?
When you request your Free Assessment Lesson, I will offer you a choice of time-slots. After this, due to our flexible lesson schedule, you’ll be able to choose when you attend each week. Lessons take place most afternoons/evenings and on Saturdays.
How much do you charge?
I have various different options available and which one is right for you depends on a number of factors. All serious prospective students will receive a Free Assessment Lesson with me before getting started. This is a chance for you to meet me in person and decide if I am the right teacher for you and for me to find out what results you are looking to get from your guitar lessons. From here, we can decide which guitar tuition format will suit you the best.
I’m looking for the cheapest guitar lessons around. Are yours expensive?
If your only concern is cost, then yes, you will definitely find cheaper guitar lessons elsewhere. There are many people teaching on the side, or perhaps a friend of a friend who’ll fall into this category.
But, if you’re looking for great value, cost-effective tuition, then you won’t find our lessons expensive at all.

Here’s why: every tutor on my team teaches guitar professionally and as their main job. That means we are all completely focussed on your guitar playing progress; this isn’t just pocket money for us! I am completely dedicated (some might even say obsessed!) with providing you the very best possible value for money, and I do this by providing an amazing array of extras, such as workshops, performance opportunities, social events, additional resources, online communities and much, much more, as well as our UNIQUE flexible and personalised teaching format.

All of these things mean that you are immeasurably more likely to make great progress, stick at it and reap the rewards of becoming a fantastic guitarist, something you will not get from inexperienced guitar teachers, who charge very little for their services.

Where do you teach?
I have a dedicated studio in south Croydon. It is bright, centrally located and very easily accessible by car, bus and train from Croydon and the following surrounding areas: Selsdon, Waddon, Sanderstead, Purley, Addiscombe, Shirley, Coulsdon, Carshalton, Wallington and Caterham
Will you come to my home and teach me or my child?
I was a travelling guitar teacher when I first started out and, for many people, the convenience of having a tutor come to their home may outweigh any arguments I could make to the contrary. However, I reached a point where I was spending several hours each day driving between locations and I was having to turn away enthusiastic budding guitarists who I just couldn’t fit into my schedule. Now I am able to put more time into preparing better teaching materials and can help more students become better guitar players, so it’s a win-win situation for everybody!
There are too many practical benefits for you to list here but a major one is that coming to my dedicated teaching studio limits interruptions from children, flatmates, pets, the phone ringing, the doorbell going etc. that in my experience often disrupt at-home lessons.
Students who come to my studio are typically focussed and motivated to learn, make much faster progress and can access all my teaching materials in one place. At-home lessons also work out more expensive for the student, as I would have to factor in petrol costs and travel time to my rate.
Will you teach my 5 year old?
Generally speaking, I only take children aged 7 or over. This is for many reasons, which I highlight in this article about young children learning guitar [link to article here]. To read more about how we teach kids, check out this page [link to kids’ guitar lessons page]
Will you teach me/my child how to read music?
Unlike many traditional guitar and music teachers, I WILL NOT start by teaching you to read traditional music notation. Remember, my primary aim is to help you to PLAY guitar as soon as possible. In my view, there is already a lot you will have to get your head and hands around in order to simply play the thing and adding reading music into the mix will be, at this point, an unnecessary additional pressure.
Think of the process a child goes through when he or she learns a language; first they learn to speak, THEN they learn to read. I look upon learning to play music in the same way: teaching a student music reading and music theory before teaching them how to play anything is the opposite way it should be done! Incidentally, I do have a few students who are learning to read music but these students are beyond beginner level and have learnt the music theory concepts they need to be able to understand how it works far better than a
beginner with no playing experience.
Many teachers do teach their students to learn music reading first but just because “this is the way it’s always been done” does NOT mean it’s the best way to learn.
Will you teach me how to play my favourite songs/riffs?
Sure! I’ve spent years developing a teaching strategy which gets results for my students and I’m confident that I can help you play guitar the way you want to.
However, there are certain things that every beginning guitar player needs to know and it’s my job to make sure you learn the correct skills and techniques so that you’ll be set up to play your guitar in the right way. I have a wealth of songs and riffs which I use where appropriate to help students learn different ways to play and am always open to song ideas from students. If it is appropriate to teach a particular song or riff at a certain point in your development, then I will.

What I will not do is try to teach you anything that I think will be too hard for your playing level. Many beginner students request songs that are simply too difficult for them to learn immediately. This can lead to frustration and can even lead to the student giving up altogether. I would rather wait until I know you are ready to tackle something, so please be patient! Once you’ve got the fundamentals down, there are lots of things you’ll be able to do on your guitar and playing your favourite songs will be only a small fraction of this.
Learning guitar can be tough, especially at the beginning, but once you have mastered the basics, there is so much more you will be able to do.

Can’t I just teach myself? There are loads of online videos I can use to help me
Well sure, you can start trying to teach yourself. You will find, however, that sooner or later you’ll need someone to answer your questions, someone to correct your playing technique, someone to direct you towards lessons which are at the right playing level for you – in short, someone to help and motivate you to continue learning and playing.
Everyone who tries to teach themselves reaches a point where they get frustrated with what they are doing, lack direction and ultimately feel like they’ve hit a wall with their playing. This is where a good teacher comes in. Not only will my teachers and I teach you the correct things in the correct order, we’ll also make sure you’re having fun with your playing and are motivated to practice what you’re learning and keep making progress. You just won’t get that level of help and support if you’re trying to teach yourself.
How long does it take to learn guitar / How many lessons are necessary to get to a level where I no longer need a teacher?
How long is the proverbial piece of string? This is actually a pretty impossible question to answer and here’s why:
The possibilities of what you can do on the guitar are pretty much endless. Check out some
virtuoso players in a variety of different genres: classical, jazz, blues, metal etc. These guys have spent many years getting their playing to the level it’s at now and would probably be the first to admit that they still have a lot to learn.
How much progress you make with your playing depends not only on what is taught in the lessons, but also on how long you spend in between practicing these concepts in the right way. Everyone has different learning capabilities, levels of enthusiasm and time to dedicate to learning guitar. Some students will get beyond beginner level in a matter of months, others can take much longer. Learning guitar can be tough, especially at the beginning, but once you have mastered the basics, there is so much more you will be able to do.
The best way to progress steadily is to dedicate some time each and every day to practice the things you are taught in your lessons.
Ask yourself the following questions: What would I like to be able to play on the guitar (there will probably be several answers to this question)? What would have to happen for me to be able to play guitar the way I would like to (there will probably be several different processes that will need to be worked through)? Once I know what it is that you would like to achieve, I’ll be able to give you a much clearer idea of how you can move forward.
Learning guitar can be a cool hobby, but it can also be a life-long pursuit.
What if I don’t have time to practice?
All I ask from you is 15-20 minutes each day. Research shows that budding musicians who take a little-and-often approach to their practice schedule make faster and more consistent progress than those who try to take on too much too soon, become overwhelmed, and burn themselves out. Just 15 MINUTES each day will guarantee you quick, rewarding progress (providing you are practicing the right things in the right way, of course).
I have so much on at the moment, won’t another commitment be too stressful?
No, absolutely not. Studies have shown that adults who learn a musical instrument are much more relaxed and able to deal with the stresses of their day to day lives. They enjoy the rewards, the increased confidence and the extra social time that learning an instrument brings. My students tell me that they really value the creative outlet offered by their lessons, and enjoy having achievable goals to work towards.
My child has many commitments at school, with homework and exams. Surely he or she should be focussing on that?
Of course! We completely understand and support the importance of the academic commitments your child may have. Research has shown, however, that learning a musical instrument actually supports and boosts academic progress. Learning guitar can help your child with reading, verbal and mathematical skills, short and long-term memory, creativity, confidence and much more! Check out this interesting article on the subject: http://mic.com/articles/110628/13-scientific-studies-prove-music-lessons-were-the-best- thing-your-parents-did-for-you#.M3hkjk1YU

What Our Students Say

Don’t just take my word for it! I am very proud to have successfully helped hundreds of guitarists go from absolute beginners to very accomplished musicians.

Head over to our testimonials page where you can see dozens more students talking about their experiences at Croydon Guitar Tuition.

Many of our students feel ready sooner than they’d ever have imagined to take part in one of our twice-yearly Showcase events! These are an amazing way to experience the unbeatable thrill of live performance with a full band, build your playing confidence and socialise with other like-minded musicians.

Check out some of our students in action below, or click here to see some of the successful Showcase events we’ve been running since 2010.

“I undertook piano lessons as a child and was admittedly quite apprehensive that the lessons would be immersed in theory. The lessons are refreshing, enjoyable and moreover allow you to learn at your own pace. As with anything, you are able to reap the benefits of progress through both practice and dedication however this (for me) works better in a relaxed learning environment. I can now competently play riffs and single string pieces, easily pick up and read guitar tabs and play various songs and chord progressions along to backing tracks.

“The thing I enjoy most about the lessons is, strangely enough, playing alongside other students with similar abilities. It is good to know how good (or bad) you currently are doing, however you never feel that learning is a struggle as there are others in exactly the same situation! As I work in Central London, time is very important to me. Vicki offers allocated time slots in the flexibility that if you cannot make your usual appointment you can always make an alternative slot that week. Vicki is a great teacher who puts a lot of thought into her lesson content.

Karl

Much More Than Just Guitar Lessons

Remember, at Croydon Guitar Tuition the fun doesn’t stop with your regular tuition schedule. You’ll have the chance to take part in countless additional extras, like specialist workshops, jam sessions, performance opportunities, social events, online resources and a student community [link here to News & Events page].

Many of my students have become great friends and even gone on to form bands and jam together socially! Fully engaging in the raft of bonus activities on offer gives you or your child the opportunity to improve your playing even faster

Get Started Today!

 

To start your guitar playing journey with Croydon Guitar Tuition today, here’s what you need to do:

1. Scroll down and click on the orange button to request your Free Assessment Lesson.
2. You’ll be taken to a form where I’d like you to tell me how I can help you with your specific guitar-playing goals.

Once I’ve received your request, I’ll call you so that we can discuss your playing goals in more detail and book in your lesson!
During this one-to-one lesson with me or one of my other professional guitar tutors, you WILL become a better guitar player, 100% guaranteed!
Spaces are limited, so request yours today to avoid disappointment.

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P.S If you live in Croydon, Selsdon, Waddon, Sanderstead, Purley, Addiscombe, Shirley, Coulsdon, Carshalton, Wallington or Caterham we are conveniently located and are here to help YOU finally make the progress you want to with your guitar playing. Get started now!