Married with children of my own, I am a patient teacher who tries to make each lesson an enjoyable experience and will always endeavour to incorporate pupils' ideas and music choices into the music course.
I include music theory as I believe that learning to read music really isn't that hard and will benefit all your playing.
If your aim is to play in public, with my vast gigging experience I can advise on stage presentation, microphone technique and how to overcome those "pre-performance nerves!"
I offer a free no obligation half-hour lesson so that we can discuss your requirements and get you started.
My fee for an hour lesson is £25 but longer or shorter lessons are available. I am available for lessons during the day as well as in the evening.
I am a gigging musician/entertainer (performing under the name of Tony Marchell) with over 40 years experience of entertaining in all types of music and venues, as well as over 20 years teaching experience.
I first walked onto a stage at the tender age of nine playing the harmonica in a school production. At age 11, I started accordion and guitar lessons. At age 13, I won the under 14's Northern Area Accordion competition and then achieved eighth place in the All Britain later that year.
By the age of 16, I was playing the guitar and accordion in various bands entertaining in pubs and clubs (my Dad was our manager and roady/driver.) I went "solo" by the time I was 18 and turned professional aged 20.
During my career I have worked many summer seasons in Blackpool, seasons at Butlins and other holiday camps, and have travelled all over the UK (including Shetland!). I have also entertained the troops over in Germany and our very own Royalty here in the Hotel Piccadilly, Manchester. Even more impressively I once appeared with Richard and Judy on Granada's "This Morning" programme!
I started teaching over 20 years ago and achieved teaching qualifications through the N.O.C.N. This then qualified me to teach around schools but I soon discovered I preferred the "one-to-one" approach. Over the years I have had many successful students pass through my doors. Every one had arrived as a student and left as a friend. I take great pride in my students' achievements and have had the pleasure of going to see some of them perform and develop into fine musicians.