Learn to

Play Guitar or Ukulele

Always wanted to play Guitar or Ukulele?
Or have kids interested?

Lessons Room Location: 83C Hardy St, Nelson, New Zealand

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If you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced on the guitar or ukulele, Phil can teach you from any level to improve your playing.

Available Classes

Learn to play in a relaxed, fun and friendly environment. Learn basic chords, picking and strumming patterns, popular songs & techniques to get you sounding great.

Ukulele Lessons

Learn to play the Ukulele. Learn to play in a relaxed, fun & friendly environment with an experienced tutor.

10 Weeks

$30 per lesson

Adult Group Lessons

Join the Adult Group Guitar Classes. Learn to play in a relaxed, fun & friendly environment with an experienced tutor.

10 Weeks

$20 per lesson

Kids Group Lessons

Are you or your kids interested in learning ukulele and want an easy and fun way to learn with Group Ukulele Lessons?

10 Weeks

$20 per lesson

Private Guitar Lessons

If you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced on the guitar, Phil can teach you from any level to improve your guitar playing skills.

10 Weeks

$30 per lesson

What Students will learn

Students are given lesson sheets & taught all about:

  • Tuning Methods

    Learn essential tuning methods to keep your guitar sounding great. We'll cover standard tuning, alternate tunings, and how to use electronic tuners efficiently.
  • Chords

    Master foundational open chords used in countless songs, and progress to advanced barre chords that open up a world of musical possibilities on the fretboard.
  • Strumming Patterns

    Explore various strumming patterns to enhance your rhythm and groove. From basic strumming to more complex rhythmic patterns, we'll help you develop a solid strumming technique.
  • Fingerpicking

    Dive into fingerstyle guitar with fingerpicking patterns and techniques. Learn how to create beautiful melodies and accompaniments using your fingers.
  • Music Theory

    Gain a practical understanding of music theory relevant to guitarists. Topics include scales, chord construction, keys, intervals, and harmonization to deepen your musical knowledge.
  • Tablature

    Decode guitar tablature (tabs) and standard notation to play your favorite songs accurately. We'll teach you how to interpret both tablature and traditional sheet music.
  • Scales

    Explore essential scales used for improvisation and soloing. Discover how scales are used in different musical contexts and practice exercises to improve your fretboard fluency.
  • Songwriting

    Unlock your creativity by learning songwriting techniques. We'll guide you through the process of crafting melodies, writing lyrics, and structuring songs.
  • Favorite Songs

    Learn to play the songs you love! Our instructors will help you break down and play your favorite tunes, incorporating techniques and concepts covered in your lessons.

Frequently Asked Questions

Our guitar lessons take place upstairs at 83C Hardy Street, Nelson. You can find a map and directions for Guitar Lessons, Nelson

Private lessons are priced at $30 per half-hour session, while group lessons are $20 per half-hour session. Fees for the full term must be settled before lessons commence. Payment confirms your booking and secures your spot in the class.

Typically, there are 10 lessons per school term, though some classes may vary from 8 to 9 weeks. Enrolment is for the full term. Please note that there are no lessons during school holidays.

I welcome anyone interested in learning guitar, regardless of age, for private lessons. For group lessons: kids (6-12 years), teens (13-18 years), and adults (19+).

Yes, you will need your own guitar for lessons and practice at home.

I suggest visiting a local music shop to find a guitar that suits your preferences and budget. Kids might need a 3/4 size guitar, and I recommend a steel-string guitar for all. Investing in a quality guitar initially can save you from upgrading later. Refer to our Guitar Buying Tips or consider our recommended guitar packages.

Lessons are prepaid for the full term and are non-refundable. Vacant lesson spots would need to be advertised for replacement. Private lesson students may credit one missed lesson per term toward the next term.

No, lessons are scheduled during school terms only, not during school holidays.

Tutor Bio

Phil has been playing the guitar for over 30 years. He started teaching guitar in 2000 and has been the guitar tutor at Broadgreen Intermediate and Nayland College 2015-2019, and tutoring at the Nelson School of Music 2018-2019.

Phil started learning the guitar when he was 13. He had a keen interest in music during his high school years, performing in bands and writing songs. He then attended NSOM’s Contemporary Music Performance Course for 2 years. Since then he has been performing on a regular basis as a solo artist in bars, at private functions and weddings around Nelson.

33

years playing

25

years teaching

500

students taught

15

years in Nelson

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    End Date: Week of Friday 5th July
    Class Length: 3 weeks
    Lesson Length: 30 mins

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      Start Dates: Week of Monday 13th May
      End Date: Week of Friday 5th July
      Class Length: 8 weeks
      Lesson Length: 30 mins

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      Per School Term: $160 for 8 lessons ($20 per lesson)

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        Age Limit: 19+ year olds
        Group Size: 2-3 students max

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        Start Dates: Week of Monday 13th May
        End Date: Week of Friday 5th July
        Class Length: 8 weeks
        Lesson Length: 30 mins

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        Per School Term: $160 for 8 lessons ($20 per lesson)

        Payment Terms:
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        Guitar Lessons Room (upstairs) – 83C Hardy Street, Nelson

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          Start Dates: Week of Monday 17th June
          End Date: Week of Friday 5th July
          Class Length: 3 weeks
          Lesson Length: 30 mins

          Lesson Pricing:
          Per School Term: $60 for 3 lessons ($20 per lesson)

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          Guitar Lessons Room (upstairs) – 83C Hardy Street, Nelson

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