I enjoy the fact that every lesson is unique and fun. Vicki takes the time to reconnect with everyone and gives us plenty of opportunities to ask any questions we may have (something I do too often). She is also quite happy to take a few moments and discuss songs I may be attempting to play outside of the lessons, offering tips and advice. The fact that I can pick a day of the week to come is great, and if I miss a lesson it’s not a problem. Vicki sends weekly emails of what we need to practise and there are several links to online lessons in the student’s area of the website so I can learn many things in my own time. The jam sessions and the twice yearly showcases that we do on stage for a bigger audience are quite fun and valuable to us as musicians.
If you are like so many other people I know who wish they hadn’t given up music lessons when they were younger, this is your chance! Don’t look behind you and feel sorry you never did it, look ahead of you and imagine what you could achieve! 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, so if you are dedicated and passionate about learning guitar, that could be you! Stop watching endless videos on YouTube of people playing and wishing you could do that, get down here and do it!”
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. She has an excellent accompanying correspondence on her website which adds to the learning experience! From a somewhat general perspective, Vicki is an excellent guitar teacher. She understands the ambitions of a 9 year old child in the pursuit of becoming the next Hendrix incarnate but also has plenty of time and support for those in retirement just looking to play recreationally. Her lessons are varied and the students themselves are able to learn at their own pace. I would highly recommend to anyone that has been putting off that New Year’s resolution to consider learning with Vicki!
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. Vicki is never far away to answer a query plus the on-line back-up is extremely useful. The monthly Jam sessions are fun and present an opportunity to mix and play with other guitarists at all levels, without feeling under pressure. As a 60+ year old, I honestly believe you are never too old to learn. I have had my guitar for many years and due to business and family life I always had trouble finding the time to take lessons and practice. Since retiring from work I have been able to fulfil my longing to play and haven’t looked back since. I really enjoy the whole experience. Do it!”
Charlie says that Vicki is a nice person who’s patient and always explains things well. He likes the fact that she shows an interest in his musical interests so he is learning to play what he likes. Charlie is beginning to feel a great deal more confident in his playing and now wants to attend jam sessions, which I have previously tried to encourage him to go to but he didn’t feel comfortable with. As a range of ages attend these sessions he felt a bit out of his depth but now with Vicki’s help and encouragement he is keen to go along more often. In fact his confidence has grown so immensely that he is considering getting together with other kids at school to form a band!”
My favourite thing is playing with other people and seeing how they are progressing. The on-line content is great, especially when starting out. Vicki has all the songs we are learning on-line and you can play along with the recording at home. This is a great feature and one I use a lot. I tell my friends that it’s a fun, enjoyable and relaxing experience as Vicki makes you learn the basics and builds you up to become a confident player. When looking at new songs at home, I can now look at the tab and chords and play them comfortably. Also Vicki is very easy to talk to and if you have any questions in or out of lessons, you can always contact her. Vicki also invites students to jam sessions. This gives us the opportunity to play with other guitarists at different skill levels, a drummer and sometimes a bass player and anyone is welcome to sing. I love the jamming sessions and try to attend each one. I find this builds up my speed between chord changes and gives a ‘band like’ experience. Anyone can join so if your mates want to come along then he/she is more than welcome too!”
(Mum, Anna): “I thought that the lessons would be quite prescriptive and formal. I like that Vicki is very informal and is led by what Tommy wants to learn. Also, the fact that she talks to Tommy as she would do an adult (rather than a teacher/child) – I think he really responds well because of that.”
This is Hari’s first time learning a musical instrument and I think he has made a solid start. He now knows his notes and when he hears a popular tune, he tries to decode it to see if he can play it on his own. Hari says he loves it when different students play different parts of one song together – to the drum beats. Hari now enjoys the opportunity to attend lessons with other students who have been learning for some time as well as the opportunity to play at events like the Christmas party, which are perfect for a newbie to showcase what he has learnt.
I tell my friends about the personal attention that the students get, the opportunity to attend different classes, Vicki’s method of teaching and the interest she creates in students. Hari says Vicki makes learning/playing easier by sitting down with him and pointing out the tabs and allowing him to learn at his own speed. Vicki has given him an excellent start and now he is really interested in going ahead and maybe learning more instruments and continuing guitar to become an expert (like the ‘others’).”
I really look forward to lessons. I know that I will learn new things, and that I will have the time and support to help me improve. When I have made quick progress at times Vicki has noticed that too, and pushed me on to the next challenge, and that has meant I haven’t felt stuck in a place where I wasn’t learning something, or improving. I now know what the notes are on the guitar and where to find them on each string, numerous chord shapes, how to play them and how to change quickly between them and how to play some basic pieces from books and move around the top end of the guitar fretboard comfortably.
At first I felt a bit shy about playing in front of other people, especially people who were more advanced than I was. But actually group lessons provide a good setting to learn in. Everyone respects where each other is with their learning, and it promotes a relaxed atmosphere. It also helps to know what others find easy, or that they are struggling with something you are also progressing slowly with. The other students are all good people, so you never feel silly asking questions, or asking for help, and even in a group setting there is still enough time to address any individual issues you are having one to one with Vicki. The resources online are great and really help and Vicki is always approachable and willing to help in and outside of lesson time. She provides students with a lot of good materials to help explain new ideas.
The only thing Vicki doesn’t do is practice for us, but that would defeat the object! As long as someone is prepared to do the work at home they will definitely make progress if they learn with Vicki. I am personally very happy with what she has done for me so far. I began as a total beginner, and although I still have so much to learn I am confident I can now do a lot of the basics. The key is being committed to working in between lessons. My best periods of progression have happened when I have had the time to work at home. Vicki provides us with the tools to do what we need to, and extra support as and when it is needed, after that it is up to us to make the most of it and practice. I am glad that Vicki is my teacher, and hope that I will continue to progress as a guitar player.”
The lessons are easy to grasp, well explained and fun. It is good that the classes are flexible, for example if you can’t make one lesson time a particular week you can make it up on a different day. Vicki is very patient, tries to include songs that hold my own interest and explains tasks very well and understandably.”
“The lessons are varied, which makes them fun and I particularly enjoy learning different songs and playing them together as a group. Video lessons and backing tracks are also useful. Practise emails are good as they tell me what I should be concentrating on during that week. I would recommend Vicki because without her support I would not have been able to progress so successfully.”
The lessons with Vicki are always enjoyable, but the biggest support is the amount of backup you receive from the tutorials on her website. This teaching method leaves the onus on the student, which means you can get as much out of learning the guitar as you are prepared to put in. Vicki is always available to answer questions without the need to wait until the following lesson for a response.
I wasn’t sure if I would really enjoy learning a musical instrument at my age, but Vicki’s support and encouragement has made this new challenge rewarding and a pleasure.”
Vicki is professional, diligent, well organised and always available. Her classes are relaxed but structured; her lessons are interesting and she always tries (and succeeds) to introduce new themes and techniques by incorporating them into well known songs in order to make them interesting and to put them into context.
I have learned that learning to play the guitar properly is not easy but if you are intent on doing so and are willing to put in the work, Vicki’s classes are the place to do so. I would recommend Vicki as a guitar teacher because she has the interests of her students at heart.”
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