Tuition: in-person & online

 


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


 

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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 for over a decade, including groups, workshops, and masterclasses, spanning electric & acoustic guitars, hand percussion, and basic DAW/MIDI production. My approach is informed by my own experiences studying improvised music in England and India, and through my extended article series for Guitar World (‘Beyond the Repertiore‘) – exploring diverse musical learning techniques from around the globe.

 

Valid DBS check, and extensive experience with younger students: I currently work with a Special Educational Needs & Disabilities group, and run the ‘guitar club’ at a local primary school alongside private instruction. I can walk/cycle/bus from Lewisham (within reason). Full playing CV here, and you can listen to my music here.

 

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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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