Entries by Ross Helmot

Continuous Growth as a Guitar Player

I have many people come to me for lessons with the goal of improving their guitar playing. They already play at some level and would like to get better. It's a noble thought, great idea, a good thing to do but not always so easy. The problem is that it means change and that can […]

Kim Butler

Before meeting Ross I had been attempting to teach myself guitar for around 15 years and had learnt a few songs with two bands, had rudimentary knowledge of basic scales and chords but not a lot of it made sense. As a result I was not improving my physical skill or understanding theory all that well. At […]

A Cautionary Tale

I recently watched a video documentary about the band 'Badfinger'(see link at bottom of page), one of the more tragic stories in rock'n'roll's chequered history. 'Badfinger' were the first band signed to Apple Records, the 'Beatles' own label and looked set for a long and successful career, but it wasn't to be. A mix of appalling […]

Mike Henwood

After taking early retirement l decided to fulfil a long held ambition to properly learn the guitar. I had very little knowledge or experience, virtually a complete beginner. Starting so late l knew I couldn't afford to waste precious time with the wrong teacher. So finding the right teacher was essential. I wanted a teacher […]

Michelle Smith

Ross is an amazing teacher, on top of being an excellent guitarist. I came to him after a long break from guitar playing, having reached a point of stagnation relying on chord books and tabs. To make me an even more challenging student, I was also quite nervous about playing in front of people. Like […]