Acoustic Guitar  and Mandolin Teacher in Buckinghamshire

Ian Entwistle

Ian at Togfest

I have been playing guitar since I was 15 and am still learning in my fifties! I originally started as a classical player on Spanish nylon strung guitar and quickly moved into steel strung acoustic.  I play in numerous groups where acoustic guitar and vocals are needed. Folk, country and some blues are the genres I am most familiar with. I suppose my biggest claim to fame was playing for Alistair Darling the Chancellor of the Exchequer at 11 Downing Street during a private occasion when he needed a Ceilidh Band but that's a long story. It's just as well I knew some Leonard Cohen songs though! I teach picking and strumming styles. Mostly it is for singing accompaniment where voice and guitar coordination skills are important. But if you just want to learn the guitar on its own - fine - it's probably a whole lot easier anyway! My skills are largely developed through experience which I can pass on through visual instruction and feel. I can also teach how to play from tab and guitar notation alongside some theory if you wish. At the end of the day it all depends how each student best takes in the learning process. My knowledge of guitar styles starts with the great acoustic blues players of early America. I am very familiar with the styles of the sixties and seventies singer songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and James Taylor. Moving on I have learned guitar accompaniment for much more modern songs including those by Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift. The teaching area is a converted office/music room and is private from the rest of the house to enable undisturbed tutoring.