Learn to play the guitar in a way that works for you

I offer guitar lessons to adults and children  in your own home in the Fakenham, Swaffham and Dereham areas

Learn to play the guitar in a way that works for you

I offer guitar lessons to adults and children  in your own home in the Fakenham, Swaffham and Dereham areas

Wendy teaching guitar to a student

What I offer

I offer guitar lessons in your home on a 1-to-1 basis to students from age 8 to adults of any age. The lessons are normally 30 minutes long and take place fortnightly.

The traditional approach to learning to play music doesn’t work for everyone.

Every student is different

Each student has an individual learning plan to make sure they are taught in a way that matches their needs.

Students will progress at their own speed through the various levels of learning, every student is treated as an individual.

Fun, relaxed and enjoyable approach

You don’t need to be able to read music to learn to play the guitar. We will focus on playing different styles and learning different techniques.

There is no pressure to take grades if you don’t want to, some of my students choose to take grades as they like to have a goal to work towards.

Autistic, ADHD and dyslexic students

I have a particular interest and specialise in working 1-to-1 with Autistic, ADHD and dyslexic students. Around 50% of my students are neurodivergent.

Teaching students in their own homes helps them get the most out of their lessons as they are in their own environment.

About me

I’ve been teaching guitar for over 25 years and so far have taught over 150 students. The majority of my students work with me over a number of years.

My passion for teaching comes from being taught in ways that didn’t work for me, and others not being able to adapt their teaching style to accommodate my needs.

I am able to share some of the strategies I have developed over the years that work better for me, to help neurodivergent musicians who may have struggled with traditional teaching methods and materials not suiting their learning style.

As well as loving teaching music I enjoy playing guitar with others, and have done so for over 30 years. I play a large variety of styles of music, including Pop, Folk, Jazz, Blues, Indie, Reggae and Country. I currently play in a duo and I am in Whirligig the local ceilidh band.

I have a teaching qualification, a DBS check, public liability insurance and am a member of the Musicians Union.

Testimonials

“Wendy is a wonderful guitar tutor. She has always been patient and encouraging and has a depth of musical understanding which she clearly conveys on a range of aspects, from chords to rhythms.

Wendy has calmly inspired me to make progress over the years. She has adapted different songs so I can play music I enjoy, at a level I can easily access. I would recommend Wendy without hesitation as she is a highly skilled and professional music tutor.”

Lorraine

Student

“For Ethan, it’s about having a friendship with somebody he can trust, and where he can be himself, and learn at his own speed and not be frowned upon for it.

You understand autism, therefore you understand Ethan, so he could not ask for more.

By the end of the first session, he had stopped stimming, his leg was still and he was comfortable with you, engaging with you. That was a huge mountain to climb in such a small amount of time, and was fantastic to watch”.

Denise

Parent of student

“With her patience and understanding I would recommend her to anyone. Wendy is an amazing musician and guitar tutor.

She started teaching me guitar at ten years old and was always very chilled and understanding. She is accommodating when it comes to learning different musical genres and will teach the songs that you want to learn.”

Ciaran

Student

“Wendy can break things down and help you achieve your goals. Also, it’s important to say that you can tell Wendy what you would like to learn and she will focus on getting you there.

She’s lovely, patient, experienced and can work with you at any level.

She even spent time with me to help me understand all the knobs and buttons on my amplifier so I would get a better sound! I think that’s what makes her a great teacher”.

Julie

Student

Why learn to play guitar

There are lots of different reasons for wanting to learn to play guitar.

While benefits can vary depending on individual preferences and goals, three widely recognised benefits of learning to play the guitar are:

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Self-Expression

A lot of my students don’t want to learn grades, often what they want to learn is a favourite song or piece of music.

I focus on the music they are interested in to develop their playing skills and to help them develop their timing and ear for music (musicality).

Music can help people convey their thoughts and emotions.

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Improved Cognitive Skills

Playing music can help with improving and building students memory, attention and problem solving skills.

It also helps with enhancing hand and eye coordination.

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Stress Relief

Music can be a space that relaxes and connects people. It can be calming and help with emotional regulation.

When learning you are more focused on what you are doing. For some people playing an instrument can be like a meditation that allows them to escape and stop worrying about things.

Get in touch

If you are interested in guitar lessons or have any questions please get in touch with me by completing the form below. I try to respond to all enquiries within 3 days.

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