Sydney: The home of many, many iconic rock guitar and singing geniuses of our generation!
Just think of the list: Jimmy Barnes, AC/DC, DMA’s, Gang of Youths, Ocean Alley, and the list goes on and on and on…
There must be something in the water up there!
Luckily for you, you if you’ve come to this page you are likely drinking that same water! So then, it’s time to pick up the guitar and begin your climb to the top (it’s a long way if you wanna rock'n'roll!) Where to begin?
Well, that, of course, depends on your level of experience prior to this newfound motivation to become a rock guitar god.
Find a Guitar Teacher in Sydney
Many students in NSW and Australia begin learning an instrument through private classes offered by their secondary school.
Unfortunately, the instruments that kids really want to play, like guitar, piano and singing, are often overlooked in favour of instruments which mould well into a classical concert band. This includes instruments such as trumpet, clarinet and violin.
Although many students end up giving musical tuition the flick because they don’t enjoy the styles they are made to play, these lessons can be a valuable springboard to further musical learning. That's because at school music students learn about musical theory through first-hand experience, as well as learning how to control volume and tempo in order to play in bands with other students.
All of this experience bodes well when picking up a guitar for the first time, as any student learning the guitar will inevitably face the daunting task of deciphering musical theory at one stage or another.
But let me tell you that this process can be great fun at all ages!
So, when you read the following options for taking guitar lessons in Sydney, bear in mind your skills and experience prior to taking these classes. This will help you choose the best option for you.
Our skills are all different! Yet we are united in our desire to rock. Maybe your version of rocking involves the blues, acoustic guitar or even classical guitar! It really doesn’t matter because there’s a teacher out there who fits the bill!
So, without further due let's explore the great guitar schools available in Sydney, NSW.
Learning Guitar at an Institution
The tried and the trusted institutions. This is where many of the very best teachers will be found. Although these classes are often more group based than private tutoring, meaning you get less one-on-one instruction from your tutor, these teachers are proper professionals who will accelerate your guitar learning, along with all your fellow students.
Sydney Guitar School
Sydney Guitar School is a massive guitar teaching school where people of all ages and levels of experience can go and get the exact genre and standard of guitar lessons that they are looking for.
According to its website: "Sydney Guitar School provides one-on-one lessons, music theory/musicianship and ensemble classes, concert performances and exquisite music for your next event. The school also offers the finest quality guitars from entry-level to advanced and selected guitar accessories like guitar strings and music books.”
With three teaching locations, one in Five Dock just West of the CBD, one in the Sydney CBD and another in Kirribilli, North Sydney, SGS has your guitar learning needs covered across the whole city. They also offer a mixture of private one-to-one tuition as well as great ensemble classes where multiple students learn from the same teacher.
Sydney Community College
For a beginner, there is a wonderful course on offer at Sydney Community College where students are provided with a “fun and relaxed atmosphere” to “get to grips with basic chords and rhythm.”
They will teach you basic musical theory, as well as how to play rhythm guitar on your favourite rock songs. This could lay the foundation for years and years of future guitar learning. It will also allow you to get a feel for the different styles of guitar playing there are out there, and allow you to ask your teacher questions and choose lessons after this course that lead you in the right direction.
The Sydney Community College is located in Rozelle, just west of the CBD. 12-hours of class time with them will cost you $279. What a great way for a beginner to get started learning the fundamentals of playing the guitar.
Forte School of Music
For those who live in Sydney’s North, why not go get some lessons from Forte’s School of Music? Located in Dee Why, on Sydney’s pristine North Coast.
They are professional teachers when it comes to tutoring young students. This might sound ridiculous, but they are willing to teach students as young as 6 months old! They also offer piano lessons, as well as basic theory and percussion classes.
Online Guitar Lessons
Let’s face it, 2020 has been a difficult year! We’ve all been made to stay at home a lot more than we would have liked, kids have often been taking class from home through zoom! It would have been very hard to imagine this scenario back in 2019!
If, for this reason, you feel more comfortable taking classes from home, where you can limit the amount of transport, mingling and also risk of future disruption for your music lessons, then there are multiple ways in which you can invite a private tutor into your home completely online! Let’s investigate…
Superprof is a tutoring website which allows would-be students of any skill to search a catalogue of private tutors and contact the one who they think will be great for them. You can do this with piano lessons, bass guitar lessons or acoustic guitar lessons. Just search your query into Superprof’s Australian website and you will find many results from your local area.
To contact your tutor and book a lesson, you will have to pay Superprof’s $39 monthly subscription fee. This gives you access to the contact details of as many teachers as you wish to get in touch with for one full month. Not just for guitar, but for anything you want to learn.
If you don’t find a teacher who is teaching the skills you want to learn, you will not be charged for anything.
Many tutors offer their first lesson for free. This allows you to get to the know them, invite them into your home (online or face-to-face) and see if they are the right tutor to teach you going forward.
Superprof is a fun, secure and cost-effective way to take a class in just about anything! Just read the profiles of our great guitar teachers and see if one fits the bill!
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music offers both advanced improvisation classes as well as more rudimentary beginner classes to cover the full range of musicianship in their student body.
Their ‘Blues Guitar Level 1’ course is offered online in real-time, meaning that you can get live feedback from a real teacher. The course lasts for 16 hours in total and costs $365.20, to be exact.
The website states that ‘electric or acoustic’ guitar is welcome, and all you need is a guitar and a computer!
What’s more, if you love it that much, then there is a ‘Blues Guitar Level 2’ course which you can go right on with! That means more lesson material and more live feedback on your guitar playing.
For advanced guitar players, you will have to audition for a spot in one of their improvisation courses. This will cost $435 for an 8-week term of jazz and improvisation classes.
Guitar Lessons in Sydney's Surrounding Areas
For those who live just outside of Sydney, there are still ample options for you to find the right guitar teacher for your musical goals!
Penrith School of Guitar
If you want a guitar school in Penrith with some of the best tuition in Australia, go to Penrith School of Guitar. Jazz, classical or even bass guitar are just some of the options you have when you work with them.
Cambelltown Academy of Guitar
Their website best sums up what you might expect from this renowned Cambelltown guitar school: "If you live anywhere in Western Sydney and you wanna riff like Richards, funk like Flea, cantata like Carulli or shred like Satriani, you've come to the right place!"
Paramatta Guitar Lessons
If you want to find a professional electric guitar teacher in the Paramatta area, this is your place! Luke has many, many positive testimonials on his web page, and if you want to be free to rock like he and his former students do, inquire about when he is available to impart some of his years of guitar wisdom on to you.
What's the takeaway?
Whatever avenue you take to finding great guitar tuition in Sydney or surrounding areas, just remember this: the best time to start was 10 years ago. The second best time to start is right now!! So what are you waiting for?
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