New testimonials in!

Here is a testimonial from a valued long-term student. Chris, thanks again.
I’ve been having bass lessons with James on and off for approximately 7 years. If you want to learn to play bass just so that you can busk your way through some standard cover songs so that it sounds OK, “ I’ve missed out a few notes but no-one will notice” sort of thing, then don’t have lessons with James. If you want to be introduced to the real world of bass playing, learning to play songs you never thought you’d be able to play, think James Jamerson, Rocco Prestia, Jaco Pastorious, Geddy Lee and many more, then read on. I’ve been taught the fundamentals of bass to give me the solid foundation in bass theory from which everything else flows. Then I’ve been taught how to practice properly by breaking a song down and playing each part over and over again until its right, that the timing of the second 16th note in the second bar actually matters. The result is that I’ve gone from basic “root / fifth” to playing some stuff which wouldn’t be out of place in a Grade 7 or 8 bass exam and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. If that sounds good to you then James is your man.
Chris Amos

Rock guitar on-the-go

“There’s an app for that”

guitar on-the-goGuitar on-the-go. You hear it every day, “there’s an app for that you know”. What, an app for playing rock guitar, even when I don’t have my guitar or amp with me? Well, the answer is yes… though I’m not sure your Bristol guitar teacher will chalk this up to a proper practice regime.

Not only can you play guitar, you can write music on the go with this app.

Guitar on-the-go

If, after working hard in your guitar lessons, you want a way to be able to rock a power chord or write down an acoustic riff you’ve been humming all day, then this could be it.

Check out this post from the guys over at Wired about the new FretPen:

You can even hear the app in action here

Best new gear for 2017

NAMM 20172017 looks like it’s going to be a great year for new guitar gear. Dawsons have recently written a great article on the gear shown at the NAMM show. The show is huge and takes place every year at the Disney Convention Centre in Anaheim, California.

Ask your Bristol guitar teacher about new guitar gear

After all of your hard practice during your guitar lessons Bristol, it’s time to treat yourself? Speak to your Bristol guitar teacher about what gear might be suitable for you. They will be able to give professional advice on the guitar you’ve always dreamed of, or the amp that will take you out gigging.

Best new gear – NAMM 2017

Guitar home recording – Tips and tricks

Guitar recordingSo, you’ve been working hard with your Bristol guitar teacher and your guitar lessons have been going great. Maybe you fancy having a go at some home guitar recording? Here is a great post from Dawsons Music on exactly that.

Guitar recording at home

You don’t need a huge recording studio with lots of expensive kit to do some guitar recording at home. With a little help from your Bristol guitar teacher and a browser through the Dawsons Music article below you’ll be up and running in no time.


You may not hit the sweet spot right away… Keep trying different things, twiddle a few knobs and play around until you get the sound you’re looking for.

Your 7 tips and tricks:

All I want for Christmas is a Fender guitar

Fender guitar logoSo, your guitar lessons have been going well and your Bristol guitar teacher has been heaping on the praise. What’s next? Maybe the Fender guitar you’ve always wanted is now within your reach? After all, with all the effort and practice you’ve put into your guitar lessons, surely you deserve a little something?

A Fender guitar?

Maybe Fender can help? Check out these great blog posts from Dawson’s music, that will no doubt excite those purists amongst you.

Not one, but 2 new Fender guitar series have been launched:

The New Fender 2017 American Professional Series

The New Fender 2017 American Professional Series Has Arrived

Fender Made In Japan – The FSR Japan Range Returns

Fender Made In Japan – The FSR Japan Range Returns

How To Maintain Your Guitar And Amplifier

How to maintain your guitar and ampYou’ve practised hard in your guitar lessons, and now you have your guitar and amp set up and ready to go. Next stop, how to maintain your guitar and amp…

Like a car, your guitar and amp need to be looked after and maintained. Regular maintenance will keep them sounding great for much longer than gear that is just left to itself after a gig or rehearsal.

New strings and a good dust off are all well and good, but what if you want to do a little more to keep your gear in tip-top condition?

What can I do?

  1. Firstly, you can speak to your Bristol guitar teacher and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction.
  2. Secondly, take a look at this great post from Dawson’s Music on some of the finer points of maintaining your gear.

There is a lot you can do which doesn’t entail you taking your guitar or amp to pieces. Most of what you can do at home is pretty straight forward, BUT! If you are unsure, speak to your Bristol guitar teacher or a professional guitar technician before loosening those screws…

Read the Dawson’s article here:

How To Maintain Your Guitar And Amplifier

The electric guitar: 10 things you (probably) didn’t know

10 things you (probably) didn't know about the guitarAn entertaining article from the Guardian, detailing 10 things you (probably) didn’t know about our favourite instrument.

A few of the questions that are answered:

  • Did Pete Townsend turn his guitar into a machine gun?
  • What was the first electric guitar made of?
  • Could Leo Fender play the instrument he became famous for?
  • Could aliens be listening to the guitar?
  • Who was George Delmetia Beauchamp?
  • Which country was key in the development of the guitar?
  • Was the Les Paul Trio an instant hit?
  • What comic was Eric Clapton reading on the Blue Breakers photoshoot?

Read of the article (link below) and also ask your Bristol guitar teacher for any additional “fascinating facts” they may be able to give you. Since students can learn a lot from an article like this, especially if they are a Trivial Pursuit fan… we suggest you get reading.

So, here you can read the article

New Flyers

New 2017 Guitar Lesson Postcards

These are the snazzy new Bristol Music Lessons flyers for 2017. And so the best guitar lessons in Bristol may be arriving through your postbox! preview

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any guitar lesson enquiries, especially in the Bristol area.

Budget guitars and upgrades

What’s available?

Guitar lessons Bristol - Best budget guitarsWell, to be honest, there’s whole lot out there for you to try. You might have a certain style of instrument you are looking for. Maybe you fancy a hollow body or Flying V type axe. There is almost always a budget version of your favourite guitar. You don’t need to spend an arm and a leg to get the look your are after for when strutting your stuff at the local open mic night. Especially after all the hard work you’ve put in to your guitar lessons Bristol.

As you will see, there are some amazing guitars at some really attractive prices. Ask your Bristol guitar teacher for a recommendation or their thoughts on a certain guitar you like the look of.


There’s nothing quite like a new guitar, especially if it’s an upgrade to the instrument you are playing currently. Just because a guitar is a budget model, doesn’t mean it’s not a great upgrade,with a great look and sound. Shop around and speak to your Bristol guitar teacher for help when it comes to the big upgrade, they’ll be more than happy to help.

Click the link below to read the full Dawsons article.

Best Budget Guitars And The Ultimate Upgrades

What are the best rock guitars?

Let’s get to it…

Gibson - Bristol rock guitarIf you’re looking for THE classic rock guitar, one that has been seen in the hands of the very best guitarists, then this post will point you in the right direction. Your Bristol guitar teacher will also have some great recommendations for your Bristol rock guitar.

Maybe Slash and his Gibson is your man, or Eric Clapton and his Stratocaster, Dave Grohl, maybe Jimi Hendrix or Kurt Cobain? The list goes on and on. This listing from Dawsons will show you the guitars that are, and will forever be, the “best rock guitars”.

If you need more details, just drop your Bristol guitar teacher a line and see what they have to say. They probably already own one of these amazing instruments themselves.

Click the link below to read the full Dawsons article.

The Best Guitars For Rock: 6 Great Options