You play along to real rock and pop tunes while learning to read, write and improvise music. Our guitar teachers specialise in making learning fun and engaging for beginners, but also have a great track record for getting their students into Universities to study music performance.

We encourage all of our students to take regular Graded Exams, as it’s a great way to build confidence and really drive home the skills they learn as well as providing a benchmark of their progress. These are however optional, should you choose it’s not for you. Our grades are fully accredited to be equivalent to GCSEs at the lower end all the way up to A-levels and UCAS points for university entry at the higher grade 6 – 8 end.

All of our guitar teachers also teach Ukulele & Bass.


Stephen is a Birmingham based artist who has been playing and teaching guitar for numerous years.


Education: Self taught from age of eight years old. Stephen can teach all graded exams with ABRSM or Rock School exam boards.


Experience: Stephan has experience of teaching acoustic and electric guitar as well as teaching the ukulele and song writing. He has been a member of Shades Music Family since 2010, tailoring his lessons to suit each student.  

Dave 'Murdock' Swales

Dave is a regular face on the Birmingham and West Midlands live music circuit.


Education: Graduated from the London College of Music.


Experience: Dave has been a freelance music teacher since 2007. He loves teaching any kind of genre as well as grade work up till grade 8.

Anna Hart

Education: Originally self taught she has been playing and studying music for 15 years and gained a BA Hons degree in professional musicanship from the institute of modern music. BIMM Brighton.


Experience: She teaches guitar electric/ acoustic and bass and ukulele. She has guided students through Rockschool and RGT grades. She has played in various bands and projects from rock orchestras Guns N Roses tribute acts to electric drum and bass bands.


Anna was a finalist in the 2015 Queen of the strings competition with a judging panel including Jennifer Batton Orianthi and Nik West (bass player for Prince) Anna has a passion for teaching and focuses on providing her students with lessons tailored to their individual needs and interests helping them develop their knowledge and own sense of style whilst learning songs they love.



One to One Lessons


30 Minutes

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