"Hot Ukulele!" CD

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"UK Ukulele Envoy" CD

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CDs available at gigs/workshops or by mail - please email for details (see Contact page)
Tuition: 1-to-1 / Schools / Workshops
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind . . ."  - Plato

" Many thanks Clive for a cracking day of learning and fun . . . your patience and encouragement are much appreciated." - Philippe Arent, workshop student

Prior to becoming a fully pro musician in 1981 I was a full-time art teacher as well as a busy semi-pro musician. Kept my hand in with a few part-time teaching and lecturing jobs amongst the gigs in the 80s and 90s.

Been teaching guitar for a l-o-o-o-n-g time (over 40 years) and ukulele since the mid-90s. I believe I was the first specialist ukulele teacher in Surrey. I'm an approved teacher of guitar and ukulele by Surrey County Council and a member of their Surrey Arts Teaching Panel. I have been CRB checked and hold an MU Child Protection Awareness cert.

"Clive is a truly inspiring teacher, he has brought out the very best in Archie's musical ability."  - Laura Hignett, mother of Archie (12), private pupil

. . .  and from Archie himself: "Clive is an awesome and badass teacher."

"Since starting lessons with you Harry's confidence has grown almost beyond recognition and he is now in danger of being cool! He loves playing guitar and we are very appreciative of your patience and excellent teaching skills." - Tony & Georgie Cooke, parents of private pupil

1-TO-1 PRIVATE LESSONS
  • ukulele
  • acoustic guitar (not classical)
  • electric guitar
  • bass guitar 

Lesson length: 1 hour (45-min. option for beginners) 

All private lessons are at my home in Weybridge, Surrey. Sorry, I no longer travel out to teach people in their own homes and I don't generally teach children younger than 7.

Practical, hands-on approach, some theory as necessary but not too heavy, and no exams (if you want to go through the Grade system you'll need to find another teacher). Emphasis on
  •  developing listening skills, memory, good playing techniques
  • eliminating bad habits, encouraging good habits
  • having fun making music!

Industry-standard recording equipment and software available. Some of my pupils record their own CDs!

SPECIALLY FOR SCHOOLS

With its small size, cheapness and relative ease of play the ukulele is becoming very popular in schools. It has two big advantages over that other school favourite, the recorder: 
  • The uke naturally sounds sweet and harmonious. As long as it’s in tune it's really quite difficult to make an unpleasant noise with a ukulele ��" more than can be said for many other instruments in the hands of beginners!
  • It's possible to sing and play uke at the same time

WORKSHOPS

I am no longer offering regular weekly tuition in schools or regular monthly workshops in other venues but  I am happy to discuss running one-off or occasional workshops for adults, children or mixed.

Stressbusting . . .

As comedian Frank Skinner says:
"How do I relax? This may sound slightly ridiculous but I play the ukulele for at least an hour a day and I find something really blissful about it."

Playing the uke is a great stressbuster. It's small, light, portable and easy to play. It brings a smile to the face of player and listener alike. It's fun . . . 

and a lot cheaper than therapy!

~ ~ ~  "I THINK, THEREFORE I STRUM"  ~ ~ ~

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To enquire about workshops or private tuition, and rates, please get in touch with me via the Contact page
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