About the author : Geordie Riffs

Graeme is the creator of Geordie Riffs, a new way of learning guitar. He has played guitar for over a decade in bands which toured the UK supporting major artists. He began giving lessons to friends and family around 10 years ago which soon become his passion. He is now requested as a session guitarist to collaborate with other artists supplying guitar tracks for their recordings. He was recognized by the Registry of Guitar Tutors of the London College of Music as an outstanding guitarist and was awarded membership in 2019 based on his playing and teaching ability.

Why we don’t do grades

Firstly, it’s off putting especially for children. Go to school all day getting graded on everything they do, then come to a lesson for more grading and learning? I think they have enough on their plate as it is. I want this to be FUN. Same for adults really, its extra work, stress and pressure on top of your daily life.

I myself was not graded and still became a full-time professional musician. Did Jimi Hendrix get graded? Nope, that’s good enough for me. I don’t even agree with music critics! Its an ART, not a competition, music is whatever you chose it to be! Its a way to express yourself not what a curriculum demands. The curriculum ends up learning everyone the same thing  with old songs that you or your child won’t even know!

Unless you want to be a classical musician then its a complete waste of time and the likelihood is you or your child will pack it all in after wasting a load of money. There’s plenty of teachers for this sort of thing, I want you to become your own style of guitar player, playing what you want to play and ENJOY yourself.

GB

Why we don’t do grades

Firstly, it’s off putting especially for children. Go to school all day getting graded on everything they do, then come to a lesson for more grading and learning? I think they have enough on their plate as it is. I want this to be FUN. Same for adults really, its extra work, stress and pressure on top of your daily life.

I myself was not graded and still became a full-time professional musician. Did Jimi Hendrix get graded? Nope, that’s good enough for me. I don’t even agree with music critics! Its an ART, not a competition, music is whatever you chose it to be! Its a way to express yourself not what a curriculum demands. The curriculum ends up learning everyone the same thing  with old songs that you or your child won’t even know!

Unless you want to be a classical musician then its a complete waste of time and the likelihood is you or your child will pack it all in after wasting a load of money. There’s plenty of teachers for this sort of thing, I want you to become your own style of guitar player, playing what you want to play and ENJOY yourself.

GB

About the author : Geordie Riffs

Graeme is the creator of Geordie Riffs, a new way of learning guitar. He has played guitar for over a decade in bands which toured the UK supporting major artists. He began giving lessons to friends and family around 10 years ago which soon become his passion. He is now requested as a session guitarist to collaborate with other artists supplying guitar tracks for their recordings. He was recognized by the Registry of Guitar Tutors of the London College of Music as an outstanding guitarist and was awarded membership in 2019 based on his playing and teaching ability.

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