New Testimonial

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

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

Buying a Guitar for your Child – Guitar Lessons Bristol.

An important decision

This short article is intended for the parents of primary school children who are looking to start guitar lessons. At this stage, the main priority is often price, and fortunately there are plenty of decent quality instruments on the market.

Generally, children will begin on a nylon string classical style guitar. I want to make it clear that this is not mandatory, but most children will find the softer nylon strings easier to play, and will suffer far less sore fingers. If your child is determined to play a steel string guitar, make sure the guitar is playable and seek the advice of an experienced guitar teacher.

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The first thing you will need to establish is the size guitar your child requires. Trying to make a saving here by buying a ‘size up’ is not recommended, as a guitar that is too big may put your child off learning altogether! Generally speaking, if you have a child of average height and build, you can go by the following sizes, but it is best to seek the opinion of a professional guitar teacher who is used to working with children.


3/4 size        6-10 years old

Full size       11 years and older


You may also wish to consider the following – does the guitar come with a decent, protective bag or case? If the child is taking their guitar to school, this is absolutely vital to protect the instrument from the general chaos of a school!

There is a massive range of nylon string guitars on the market, and there isn’t the space and time to cover them all here, so here is a short list of guitars I have experience with.

Your options

Valencia Guitars

80% of my students in schools turn up with these. They are amazing value for money and often come bundled with a basic case as well.

Fender/Squier Guitars

Squier are the budget arm of legendary guitat manufacturer Fender. The acoustic guitars they are making at the moment are really nice for the price, and their electric guitars and basses are outstanding value for money.

Yamaha Guitars

Well-known for their acoustic guitars, they are always well-made and I haven’t played a bad one. Also manufacture electric instruments.

Lag  Guitars

This is a personal favourite. The budget line of guitars they make are brilliant, and amazing value for money.


Bristol Music Lessons welcomes Drum teacher Joe Kelly


Joe Kelly is an accomplished Drummer and Drum Teacher based in Bristol. At present, he is gigging with 3 bands around the UK, including the southwest’s most busy wedding/function band with James Burgess performing as a drum busker in busy town centres, and teaching over 30 private drum lessons a week at Bristols only independent drum school.

Joe is best known for specialising in Rock and Metal music, but also plays and teaches a variety of other styles. If you want to see Joe play, you can catch him at the Bristol Drum Clinic on the 18th of February.

Joe has full CRB/DBS clearance.