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About Oliver D.
Oliver is an experienced and versatile musician who is keen to pass on his love and passion for music. He graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2017 with a 2:1 degree in Popular Music, focusing on electric guitar and song writing, and he is very active as a gigging musician around Leeds and further afield. Oliver plays in several diverse groups (ranging from heavy rock to acoustic duet) and feels that as a working musician he brings valued practical tips to his teaching, showing pupils how to apply technique to real music making. He is a relaxed and friendly chap, with a great sense of humour, so lessons are guaranteed to be fun!
BA(Hons) in Popular Music
Trinity Rock: Grade 8 electric guitar
Trinity Rock: Grade 8 drums
ABRSM: Grade 7 alto saxophone
ABRSM: Grade 7 theory
ABRSM: Grade 5 piano
London COllege of Music : Grade 8 Pop Theory
Teaching in Guitar
Oliver teaches guitar for all ages and abilities.
Lessons are available on:
- Electric guitar
- Acoustic guitar
- Classical guitar
All genres of pop are catered for, with a specialism in rock/metal and pop/indie.
Areas that can be included in lessons:
Using and understanding amplifiers and pedals
Fret board mastery
Help in how to develop your own band and playing with other musicians.
If desired, preparation for graded examinations
Teaching in Composition
Oliver also teaches Composition, having specialised song writing in Uni. Writing songs is an important part of guitar study learning to improve your own technique and original sound and influences through what you listen to.
Areas that can be included:
- Basic song writing
- Lyric writing
- Harmonic tips
Oliver teaches in most pop genres, specialising in rock/metal music.
The lesson will begin with a chat and simple questions to get to know the student and what they want to gain out of lessons. We will then look at an introduction to the instrument, correct technique and a basic goal to take away to work on. Oliver always makes sure to help inspire and make the student feel comfortable and by having clear set goals to work towards achieving the best possible experience of learning music.
The most important aspect for beginners is to get straight into learning practical music. Students are shown what to practice between each lesson. Correct technique learnt from the start is crucial for future success but, importantly, the lessons are always kept fun and interactive.
We will look at advanced techniques linked to your preferred styles of playing. We might work towards graded exams if these suit you. More advanced theory concepts can be incorporated and we will perform music that challenge and stretch your abilities.
Please feel free to write to me if you have any questions or if you are interested in signing up for lessons. I look forward to hearing from you!