Bath Guitar School is proud to present you with personal testimonials from parents of students and mature learners of Bath Guitar School’s guitar tutor, Richard Perkins.
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Marc and Kirti Ambasna-Jones
We can’t thank Richard enough; it’s been a brilliant year for our son. Richard has three super qualities as a guitar teacher:
• His enthusiasm and knowledge of the bigger things – Richard is involved in so many music ventures, giving the opportunity for students to play as a group and perform publicly.
• Richard has a good connection with young people and understands what makes them tick.
• My son’s guitar ability and interest has been fired up and he practices before and after lessons – because he wants to, not because he has to.
Finally, Richard is a brilliant communicator; he has links on all social media and this helps parents to link in with him and feel more involved in their children’s musical world.
My son is 9 years old and has been learning to play the electric guitar with Richard at the Bath Guitar School for nearly 9 months. It was certainly the best decision for him to switch from his school lessons on the acoustic, as he was fast losing interest. Learning to play the intro to Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ at his first lesson was such a thrill and his excitement has never waned. Playing along with the other children at Richard’s Monsters of Rock workshop and then watching the performance on YouTube has been a definite highlight!
My son Olly (age 14) has been having lessons with Richard for 6 months now and, although he had several guitar teachers before, the improvement in his playing and his general interest in guitar music has been dramatic.
We discovered Richard via his Blues Jam Workshop for the Mid-Somerset Festival and his active involvement with the musical community in Bath meant he was able to give Olly the opportunity to play with the Bath Guitar School Band at the opening night of the Bath International Music Festival (Party in the City) and the Bath Christmas Lights Switch On which Olly absolutely loved.
Richard is so much more than just a great guitar teacher. He interacts with Olly at every musical level discussing bands, suggesting books, CD’s, pedals and even helping with his choice of guitar. As a parent I find him friendly, flexible and professional and I highly recommend him.
I had been talking about learning the electric guitar for years despite comments from family about a mid life crisis and I found my way to Bath Guitar School nearly three years ago.
The experience has been one of encouragement and (much needed) patience from Richard who is a skilled musician and innovative teacher. What has been helpful is that the lessons have been adapted to my needs and interests backed up by resources and support online which has been really supportive.
But Bath Guitar School is about much more than just guitar lessons. It has been a chance to learn about music and play with others on courses and even to have the chance to play with the Bath Guitar School Blues Band!
My son is aged 9 and heard about the Bath Guitar School via one of his school friends. From the moment he had his first lesson, he has just LOVED learning the electric guitar with Richard. Prior to that he had acoustic guitar lessons at school, but these were quite formal, and it didn’t feel as if he made much progress.
Unlike the school lessons, my son can’t wait to attend lessons with Richard Perkins at Bath Guitar School, and he is eager to practice at home. Richard finds a way of capturing the enthusiasm of a 9 year old boy, and mixes this with contemporary music, so that everything being learnt feels very current. Richard is also able to talk to children at their own level, and they don’t feel talked down to in any way.
Most recently, my son attended one of the Monsters of Rock band workshops. He adored the whole thing and was thrilled to see his performance on YouTube. The parents were invited to hear them play at the end of the afternoon and they were (amazingly!) tuneful!
Richard also follows up the guitar lessons with good communication online, so that all the pupils feel involved as part of a club. I believe half of his class at school has now enrolled for lessons!
Fraser has been having lessons for 4 years and I never fail to be impressed with the fantastic job Richard does. As well as giving him a thorough grounding in guitar skills, Richard has given Fraser so many opportunities to perform (including for Party in the City 08-10 and Royalty – Xmas lights in Bath 2010) resulting in many memorable evenings. I have no doubt that Richard’s organisational and interpersonal skills will ensure that The Bath Guitar School will continue to go from strength to strength.
I’ve been taking lessons from Richard at Bath Guitar School for two years and my playing and understanding of guitar have both improved by a huge amount. It’s good to be taught by someone who is patient and has a knack for explaining things so that they can be understood when you’re struggling a bit. It’s also a pleasure to be taught by a teacher who likes and has a lot of enthusiasm for all sorts of music.
I brought my son, Rory, along for guitar lessons about 5 years ago and I enjoyed the way Richard teaches so I joined in and we had joint lessons. Richard tailors the lessons individually to the ability and tastes of his pupils and provides ample opportunities for them to join in workshops and play with other pupils.
The guitar school also puts a band together for the opening of the Bath International Music Festival as well as a Christmas lights event, which is a great way for the pupils to get used to playing with others in front of a crowd. Needless to say I no longer have lessons with Rory as he is now much better than me, instead I have a lesson on my own where Richard encourages and helps me to play the riffs and songs I am interested in.
My daughter, Florence, aged 10, has regular guitar lessons with Richard Perkins when she returns to the UK from Abu Dhabi during school holidays. Richard’s many years of experience both teaching and playing guitar, has given Florence the opportunity and confidence to learn more demanding songs, and Richard is quick to point out and address any areas of weakness. It helps that Florence also finds him a great deal of fun to learn with!
Richard has really fired our son’s enthusiasm for music and guitar playing. After the second lesson, he proudly played a ‘riff’ from a well-known rock song, amazing us all with his performance! His confidence has really grown and he has felt a sense of achievement and progression after each and every session, wanting to share what he has learnt. A real strength of Richard’s approach is to use well-known songs, which are recognisable when played by a guitar beginner! Listening to the original and then hearing himself produce the same sounds has really motivated and empowered our son. Thank you, Richard, for helping to create a genuine ‘Guitar Hero’!!!
Richard has been fantastic, a true professional, providing inspiration and creative pathways to challenge and develop our son’s guitar skills. The level of teaching is excellent.
I came to Richard as a songwriter hoping to expand my knowledge of chord shapes and sequences, improve my guitar-playing technique, and increase my knowledge of music theory. Richard was fabulous in catering each lesson to my goals. I found that not only was he a highly experienced guitarist with a vast knowledge of music theory and expertise in every genre, but he was able to provided excellent creative input in my own songwriting. He is a fun and engaging instructor and I would recommend him to anyone, whether they are a beginner or an experienced guitarist.
It was my 40th birthday recently and my “other half” had organised a special weekend away with an extra surprise thrown in; a day of ‘one to one’ guitar tuition with Richard at his Bath Guitar School.
The day was approximately 6 hours, including a 1-hour lunch break. I am only a beginner at electric guitar so we first discussed a range of guitar topics such as equipment, technique, tone, theory etc. This included verbal discussion, practical demonstration by Richard himself and visual/aural learning by viewing some clips of famous musicians at work and analysing and describing how they achieve some of their tonal “magic”.
Then the playing began. Richard taught me a number of things such as warm-up routines, practice exercises to help improve technique, new chord shapes for “fun” strumming and some riffs to popular rock songs. All in all, great fun for a budding “Axeman”!
Richard himself is a very relaxed tutor with an easygoing manner and I found him easy to get along with. Very patient too! He is knowledgeable with regard to his subject and can discuss and demonstrate a variety of different guitar techniques and styles.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Richard at Bath Guitar School. He tailored the day around my interests and ability level. There were no rigid structures/schedules or complex teachings to follow, just loads of advice and free flowing guitar stuff based on my ability and musical likes & dislikes. All of which made for a very enjoyable experience. I left Richard at the end of the day feeling even more enthused than I already was and champing at the bit for more guitar!
As a beginner I would have no hesitation in recommending Richard and his guitar courses in Bath to someone just starting out like me. And I’m sure that a more experienced player could benefit too.
I’m probably one of Richard Perkin’s older students since learning to play the guitar was something on my list of things I wanted to do in retirement. I started learning 3 years ago when I enrolled at the IGF week-long summer school in Bath. Richard happened to be the tutor for the absolute beginner’s class and this proved very fortunate for me. When he plays it’s immediately obvious that he has great musicality, combined with incredible skill and yet he is able to simplify the complex and make music easy for the less able. He demonstrates huge levels of patience and has a variety of “work around” techniques to ensure that the beginner can still produce a good sound without needing to replicate the more difficult moves that an expert might use. He is also good at making sure his students understand the need for regular practise since playing well is not an easy thing for most people unless they develop the “muscle memories” in their hands.
I really enjoy playing now and the satisfaction is wonderful knowing that I have access to a good local teacher who can make sure that my progress continues. I have managed to play in company with others and made some good sounds as well as writing and performing some of my own songs. Three years ago I would never have dreamed of doing this and Richard can take most of the credit for keeping me on a path that improves steadily.