Teaching, Masterclasses, Sessions


Starting out on the guitar? Seeking more musical direction? Looking to ‘break through’ to the next levels of playing?


 

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I’m a guitarist and music writer, new in London and looking for students locally. Teaching is a long-term passion – I believe it should be:

  • Empowering: Attitude vastly outweighs talent – I aim to ‘teach you to teach yourself’ in a relaxed, fun environment
  • Personal: We’ll focus on the music you like, and on how to take charge of your learning process and broader musical path
  • Efficient: Every guitarist can become exhilarated by their pace of learning – I’ll help you unlock the methods that work best

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I’ve taught students of all ages and abilities for over a decade, including rhythm masterclasses and school workshops, and write regular lesson articles for Guitar World magazine (playing CV here, and you can listen here). I teach on electric and acoustic, time generously, and can walk/cycle/bus to you from Lewisham (within reason). Valid DBS check, extensive experience with younger students.

 

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£40/hour – or start off with 4 taster lessons for £120. Contact:

George Howlett | george@ragajunglism.org

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Masterclasses etc: I also give workshops and tailored short courses, suitable for non-guitarists and groups as well. Subjects include:

 

● Improvisation: starting out, removing psychological blocks, using ‘games’ to foster a playful approach. Doesn’t have to have anything to do with jazz, but I can teach the basics of jazz harmony, melody, rhythm, and ear skills too. Suitable for any instrument.

 

● Global music: I studied Hindustani classical raga and rhythm in India under master sitarist Pandit Shivnath Mishra, and teach global ideas for Guitar World, including Carnatic konnakol, Malian kora music, West African polyrhythm, and microtonality.

 

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Session work: You can hire me to play guitar, tabla drums, or santoor (100-stringed Himalayan dulcimer) for your album/event/whatever – recent gigs have included a jazz club, a Hindu Temple, and a wedding proposal. Or come collaborate! Listen to some of my sounds here.

 

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Writing: I write articles loosely related to jazz, rhythm, and global improvised music, including for Jazzwise, JazzFM, and The Wire, and recently completed an in-depth collection for Darbar – Living Traditions: 21 articles for 21st-century Indian classical music.

 

I seek to bring the sounds in question to life, and also to illuminate the human contexts behind them. Hit me up with any interesting musical topics you might want written about – articles, interviews, reviews, programme notes, theoretical breakdowns, etc. Read samples here, and see my writing CV here.

 

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—George Howlett | george@ragajunglism.org

 

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