Frequently asked questions

I have compiled the most common questions people ask when they get in touch with me about my music lessons. Hope this is helpful!

If you can’t find an answer to your questions, click here to contact me and I will be happy to help you.

What instruments do you teach?

I teach guitar (classical, acoustic and electric), bass, banjo, ukulele, and also DJing and music production.

What music styles do you teach?

I can teach a variety of styles (classical, pop, rock, indie, funky, reggae) and electronica (house, techno, downtempo, drum and bass), but it really depends on the students’ music taste. I would adapt the music accordingly.

I don’t have any musical background at all. Will I be able to learn an instrument/DJing?

Yes, you will! I have many beginner students who had never played an instrument before, and they are making big progress.

Do you offer free consultation?

Yes, I do. In fact, I highly recommend it, so new potential students can set clear expectations and get answers to the questions they might have before enrolling in a single lesson or a block. 

Can I learn more than one instrument at the same time?

Of course! It is really up to you.

Do I need to have my own instrument?

Although it is not essential as I have spare instruments at the studio, it is highly recommended to have your own instrument, so you will be able to practice from home.

For DJing lessons, do I need to have my own controller/ decks?

This is the same as with instruments, it’d be good to have them at home, so you can continue practising what you have learnt in the lessons. However, I can give you guidance on what software you can get to DJ with you computer without using a controller (I actually started this way in my early years).

What equipment do you use for your DJ lessons?

I use 2x Pioneer CDJ900 Nexus, a Xone 92 Mixer and 2x KRK Rokit 5 along with a subwoofer.

How much time should I practice every day?

There is not really a recommended time for it. However, a minimum of 15 minutes per day would be nice to see a steady progress.

Do you send homework to students?

Yes, I normally do, so they can practice what they learnt on the lesson.

Where do the lessons take place?

They take place at my private studio located inside the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Centre (25 Palmerston Place, EH12 5AP Edinburgh)

Do you offer online lessons?

Yes, I do for each instrument and Music production, but not for DJing.

Can you give me lessons in my own home?

Depending on the students’ needs, this can be occasionally arranged, but it’s not always possible due to my schedule, which can be tight at some times. An extra charge for transport will apply. Get in touch with me for consultation.

I will be coming to the lesson by car. Is it free to park in the area?

No, it is not. It is free to park from 6:30pm from Monday to Saturday, though. There is also a street nearby (Belford Street) where you can park from 5:30pm throughout the day on Saturdays with no parking restrictions.

Do you teach at the weekend?

Yes, I do. I’m open on Fridays from 10am to 10pm and Saturdays from 10am to 3pm. I close on Sundays.

Do you teach children?

Yes, I do, from all ages. Parents can come with them to the lesson and wait  inside the studio, if they wish.

Can I take a trial lesson before I book a block of hours?

Yes, you can. In fact, that is what I initially suggest to new students, so they can see how they get on with the lesson, the instrument and me, too. 

How long does a lesson last?

A lesson normally last for one hour. DJing lessons can be longer (an hour and a half or 2 hours), and ukulele lesson for kids are usually 30 minutes long.

Do you offer student discount?

Yes, I do. a 10% discount applies to all prices shown on the website.

What happens if I can’t attend a lesson?

If you let me know in advance, I can rearrange the lesson for another day/time.

Do the blocks of lessons expire?

No, they don’t. The remaining lessons will be kept until you come back from an absence (sickness, holiday, etc)

What payment methods do you accept?

I accept cash, bank transfer and PayPal.

Are there any additional costs apart from the lesson charge?

No, there aren’t. Prices shown on the website are fixed to the final price.