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Guitar Lessons in Croydon

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“Before I started taking lessons I imagined I’d be in a room with a teacher and a metronome, being interrupted every time I made a mistake and being told to always stay in time. Being told to do each lesson and perfect it before moving on to the next one. In a nutshell, I thought it would be a very linear process – one lesson from a book after the next. How wrong I was! Vicki’s lessons are like no music lessons I’ve had before (I learned to play the keyboards too). Every time I go to a lesson we are learning something new and interesting. We explore new techniques such as picking, note naming exercises and learning licks. We also explore different musical styles, such as the blues. We have monthly jam classes (when possible) where the students get together and jam along to (usually) completely new material which is always a lot of fun. I can now name notes along the fretboard, play power chords and am working on lead techniques such as hammer ons and pull offs, as well as many other things!

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!” Khusro Jaleel

“Vicki’s lessons are like no music lessons I’ve had before."

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. 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! Karl De Claro

“The lessons are refreshing, enjoyable and moreover allow you to learn at your own pace."

“Before I started lessons with Vicki, my perception was that they would be quite formal, with the emphasis on reading music and playing a certain style. Vicki’s lessons have an informal approach and teach various types of music. I can now play numerous songs, both by using chord progressions and by picking individual notes. I understand how the notes and chords fit in on the fretboard and the benefits of using the correct fingers to formulate chords or pick individual notes.

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!” Dave Plumb

“Vicki’s lessons have an informal approach and teach various types of music."

“Charlie thought that it would be a long process learning the guitar – something that would take a long time to grasp. Now he says that he has the knowledge to go away, read a piece of music and be able to play it. It wasn’t too long before he could play set pieces, which has encouraged him to practise more and therefore improve considerably. Charlie can now read tab and play fluently and has knowledge of musical terminology he didn’t have before. Weekly practice emails help reinforce what Charlie has covered in the lesson and as a parent the emails also update me on Charlie’s progress. I can obviously hear him play and notice the improvement but it’s nice to get teacher feedback as children do not always say what they have been learning or what stage they are at.

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!” Justine Curtis, mum of Charlie and Dennis

"It wasn’t too long before he could play set pieces, which has encouraged him to practise more and therefore improve considerably."

“When I first enquired about taking lessons, I was looking for a teacher that was dedicated to teaching full time. My biggest worry was about being ripped off and not getting the experience I wanted. I wanted to learn as many songs as possible and become a rock/country star within a couple of months! My perception has changed because there is so much to learn about the guitar, and learning the basics is a must, building up speed between chord changes and playing to the beat is a fundamental part of the lesson. Vicki is a great teacher and lets you learn at your own pace while pushing you to learn new ways of playing. Also Vicki makes sure you learn chords and tab so there is always something to keep you occupied while practicing at home. We are always learning new chords or different variations of chords, developing our timing and learning string notes and notes on the fret board.

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!” Lisa O’Rourke

“Vicki is a great teacher and lets you learn at your own pace while pushing you to learn new ways of playing”

“I like learning how to play new tunes every week, or getting better at playing them. The online backing tracks are really good, I find them very helpful when I practise. Vicki is a really good teacher, she helps you with where to place your fingers, she encourages you when you’re stuck on any tunes and she tells you to never give up and keep on practising. She also lets you learn songs / riffs that you want to play, and will give you the music to do this. Vicki doesn’t make you do grades so you don’t get stressed and it stays fun. She’s also pretty cool and has her own band, she’s not strict and the guitar lessons are fun and not at all like school. I can now play the riff from Nirvana’s “Come as You Are”, I understand and can play a lot of full chords and I can read tab really well. I can also now play along to Ed Sheeran’s ‘Lego House’”

(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.” Tommy and Anna Jaye

"She’s also pretty cool and has her own band, she’s not strict and the guitar lessons are fun and not at all like school."

“This is the first class that Hari has taken outside of his school and so we really did not know what to expect. Hari says he was expecting to learn to read notes right away but says that learning with tabs is a lot easier and so does not want Vicki to change anything. I was expecting something very generic and a one-many situation. Hari started with private lessons and I was immediately impressed by the level of attention Vicki pays to the student. 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!

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’).” Anu Menon, mother of Hari Nair

"This is Hari’s first time learning a musical instrument and I think he has made a solid start."

“I had had one attempt to learn the guitar when I first started secondary school. I was keen to learn but my teacher refused to let me learn left handed. The teacher wasn’t very welcoming or supportive and learning never felt comfortable. In the end I viewed the lessons as a chore and didn’t want to go, so I soon gave up. For a lot of years I was interested in trying again, but that bad experience put me off. When I finally decided, I really regretted not trying properly the first time. I knew I wanted two things from my tutor. Firstly I had to be able to play left handed, and secondly I wanted my teacher to be relaxed, approachable and have the patience so I could learn at the right pace for me. I didn’t have any idea if I would be any good, or how long it would take me to take any ideas on. Vicki has always been very good and has a great nature to her teaching. She knows that certain students will stall at different points, but has patience and support for us as and when we need it.

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.” Matthew Cock

"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."

“I was introduced to guitar by my music teacher at school and decided I would like to take it up. After self-teaching myself from You Tube and enjoying it, I took the decision to take up proper lessons. My brother took guitar lessons through his secondary school but the quality of them was questionable. Having had lessons from Vicki for a year now, I feel I have learned a great deal. I enjoy the fact I can use either an electric guitar or acoustic depending on how I feel. I have mastered the basics of playing a guitar, learnt string notes and names and can learn songs without having to read music notes. I think that puts a lot of people off taking up a musical instrument.

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.” Jordan Ellis

"Having had lessons from Vicki for a year now, I feel I have learned a great deal."

“I didn’t know a thing about playing the guitar before I took lessons with Vicki. I had thought about teaching myself but I’m glad I took the lessons instead. Without Vicki’s teaching I wouldn’t have been able to learn as much if I had taught myself. I can now play a selection of chords, use strumming/picking patterns and use the chords that I’ve learnt to play lots of songs.

“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.” Naomi Smith

"Without Vicki’s teaching I wouldn’t have been able to learn as much if I had taught myself."

“I was a complete beginner on guitar, (although I’ve played a clarinet for nearly 20 years), and I wanted the challenge of learning a new, and completely different, instrument. At first I contemplated teaching myself, but didn’t really know where to start, and I am so pleased I decided to take lessons with Vicki. I had barely strummed a guitar before my first lesson and within a week I was playing a basic tune and some chords. Within a few weeks I could strum along to a song or two and now 8 months on I am astonished at just how well I have progressed. Lessons are fun and informal, Vicki is very friendly, knowledgeable, and encouraging. She knows whether I’m ready (or not!) to tackle something new. As well as my weekly lessons, Vicki’s website has a wealth of additional material, including backing tracks to assist with practice, and video lessons if I can’t attend face to face. I would highly recommend lessons with Vicki – her passion for music and the guitar is obvious and infectious – I can’t wait to pick up my guitar and play! Thank you Vicki!” Sarah Witherington

"8 months on I am astonished at just how well I have progressed."

“I have been taking guitar lessons for two years. Before I started playing guitar with Vicki I was learning with another teacher. I was ok and found reading music a little bit hard but Vicki’s music playing was easier. I think that Vicki’s lessons are much better than my school lessons, because she explains things clearly and my playing has improved very much since starting with her. I learnt Ed Sheeran songs, Aura Lee, Ode to Joy and The Black Eyed Peas. I also find Vicki’s tuition videos extremely helpful. The thing I like best about the lessons with Vicki is the friendship within the group. I would recommend Vicki as a guitar teacher as she includes everybody in the lessons.” Francis Hill, 7

"I think that Vicki’s lessons are much better than my school lessons, because she explains things clearly and my playing has improved very much since starting with her. "

“My son Tymen has been learning guitar for one year. Before this, he kept playing his childminder’s guitar so we bought a smaller one and decided to try lessons. We contacted Vicki, as she was very close to us. A few friends of ours have lessons with another chap but the feedback was that he did not stimulate the kids enough and they found the lessons boring. I had no expectations, I just hoped she would be an inspiring teacher. Tymen didn’t have a clue what he was doing before Vicki; it was all action and lots of noise. Now he can play numerous recognisable tunes and play pieces in a group. Vicki is extremely encouraging and very patient with Tymen; you can tell that she genuinely cares about the progress of her students. There is a great structure and the kids learn really quickly and enjoy the lessons! Vicki provides instant feedback via email on each lesson and suggests what pieces need practicing during the week. The online resources are also great! Having backing tracks to play along with helps to keep Tymen in time and to learn the pieces correctly. Tymen has learnt do much more than I had hoped for in only a year! The results were almost instantaneous, as he was playing tunes by the second or third lesson. Amazing! I also really like the live sessions, which are great for Tymen’s confidence as well as being great fun. I would definitely recommend Vicki as a teacher because she is a brilliant teacher who does everything possible to progress her students. I am so happy that we found her. If you want your children to play the guitar long term then you need Vicki. They won’t get bored and ask to swap to another activity as I have seen many other kids do. She is great!” Lyndall Fernie, mother of Tymen, 7

"Vicki is extremely encouraging and very patient with Tymen; you can tell that she genuinely cares about the progress of her students."

“I’ve been playing guitar on and off for about 20 years and taking lessons with Vicki for just over a year. Before lessons with Vicki, playing was fairly limited and with no real structure or direction. I decided to take lessons with Vicki because she was interested in finding out what I wanted to achieve from taking lessons. I just wanted to improve and be able to play to a reasonable standard and enjoy practising. Now my playing is far more structured, with identifiable goals. I think the online resources available to me are very good and have learnt all sorts of little hints and tips. The lessons have helped me to get rid of bad habits I’d picked up in playing without a teacher over the years. I would recommend Vicki as a teacher as her lessons add a structure to learning but don’t take away any of the enjoyment. It’s fun to learn!” Jonny Dyer

"I decided to take lessons with Vicki because she was interested in finding out what I wanted to achieve from taking lessons."

“The lessons I am receiving with Vicki have far exceeded my expectations. My progress has been amazing; as a complete beginner to be able to play a recognisable tune on my guitar after such a short time is astounding.
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.” Kate Roden

"My progress has been amazing; as a complete beginner to be able to play a recognisable tune on my guitar after such a short time is astounding."

“Vicki’s programme is steadily enabling me to learn to play the guitar in the most efficient manner and to learn all the techniques necessary to make me a competent guitar player. In the last 6 months I have come a long way, from knowing virtually nothing, to now learning and practising solid techniques that will stand me in good stead in the future. It has given me the belief that if I persevere with Vicki and put in the necessary practice I can learn to play the guitar to a respectable level; something that I have always wanted to do.

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.” Ernest Bado

"I would recommend Vicki as a guitar teacher because she has the interests of her students at heart."

Mrs Fisher, mum of Joanne & James

"Vicki is always there if you’ve got any questions, and the lessons are relaxed and up-to-date"

Heather Brown, mum of Eloise

“My daughter always looks forward to her lessons with Vicki. She finds Vicki to be a fun teacher and always listens to her pupil’s request to play something different. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Vicki to our friends.”

“Jamal and Rafick are really enjoying their music lessons with Vicki. Jamal has improved his ukulele playing significantly under Vicki’s tutelage and has become confident in his skills and abilities to read music. Rafick has learnt an enormous amount through Vicki’s patient approach to his guitar playing and she has encouraged him at every opportunity. Both boys have benefited from her lessons and, as parents, we would recommend Vicki to any child wishing to learn or expand on his or hers music experience.” Nasser & Abigail Elaheebocus, parents of Jamal and Rafick

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