Cheltenham Guitar Teacher

Christopher Rayner Ba Hons Music
Acoustic & Electric Guitar Tuition
One To One Private Lessons & Peripatetic Tuition in Schools
Email: – Call: 07903 465137
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About Me

Christopher Rayner Ba Hons Music

I am a full time Cheltenham guitar teacher offering private Electric and Acoustic Guitar Lessons out of my home (5 mins from Cheltenham town Center).  I also offer peripatetic teaching in primary and secondary schools.

I have been playing the guitar for over 17 years. As an active musician, I regularly perform for 4 different bands, playing a range of styles from rock to folk music and doing both original material and covers of the classics. I also play solo guitar to set the mood in art galleries, functions and weddings ceremonies, and then play electric guitar in the wedding band as the guests and couple celebrate. I have a great deal of experience playing in different studios and for various musicals. This diversity is what makes me not only an accomplished guitarist, but also a good teacher.

I have my BA hons in Music specialising in Studio Composition which I put to good use for years as the Musical Director for a local Cheltenham Ballet School. This also offered me a great deal of experience in the way of professional studio and live performance. The shows had to be exact and lively as the rock band is on stage with the dancers! I learnt guitar throughout my school years and sixth from getting 100% in my graded performances in finger style jazz.

My composition background and small home studio offer a great chance to record your progress and performances. Students can learn about music technology, recording for the guitar and realising their compositions.

All my experience has given me a very practical and real world view of music theory and its application. Theory and understanding of scales and chords is not only essential to all working guitarists, but also to people who just want to play a few tunes or join a band. It separates real guitarists from people who just pick up a guitar and play, giving great opportunities but also making the art form of playing guitar much more exciting. I understand how music is put together and can explain it in real, practical, useable ways.

All of the opportunities I have had in my career have come from a solid musical instrument education teaching me the fundamentals of music. Whether your goal is playing a pub, festivals, in the studio, playing for an orchestra, playing backing guitar for other guitarists or just playing in time with your favorite tracks, I have the perfect experience to help guitarists, whatever their goals.

For more information or to book your Free Introductory Lesson please complete the form below or call 01285 861304.


Young Students

Guitar Lessons for children from 7 years and up. in Cheltenham.  By learning songs they like, using chords they are working on, and soloing / improvising using the scales, the fun part of playing the guitar is introduced to kids right from the start and makes practice a thing of pleasure rather than a chore.

Information and techniques are broken down in a clear and easy to understand way, enabling kids to grasp even the more complicated elements of musical practice and theory.  Unlocking the fun of playing the guitar!

Both modern and traditional training methods and aids are used. By introducing kids to learning and practice resources on the internet, such as backing tracks to jam with or songs to learn, they remain motivated and stimulated every time they pick up the guitar.

We have thousands of hours experience teaching children from 7 years and up.  We can also prepare children for examination from preliminary grade through grade 8 in either electric or acoustic guitar.  These qualifications are internationally recognised and affiliated to the London college of music with UCAS points being awarded from grade 6.

Adult Students

We offer guitar lessons to adults of all ages from absolute beginner to advanced covering many different styles of music on both the acoustic and electric guitar. We believe that learning the guitar should be fun and centred around the music that YOU would like to be playing. You will learn all your chords and soloing skills whilst playing your favourite songs, solo’s and improvising. All the fun parts of playing the guitar!

If you already play guitar, are self taught & want to take the next step, or used to play guitar & would like to start again, we can quickly assess your playing level, fill in any gaps and accelerate your playing skills. We can put together the perfect programme FOR YOU and get you where you want to be, at your pace.

The first step is the free introductory lesson where we will discuss your goals and what you want to get out of playing the guitar. Importantly this gives you the opportunity to try a lesson without any commitment and see if you like our style of teaching and if its something you would enjoy.

Lessons are in our home recording studios with lots of effects to stimulate the imagination and music recording equipment to aid the lessons, capture progress and even record and produce your compositions.Taking guitar exams is not at all compulsory, you can of course play just for fun, but for those who do want to go through their grades we can prepare you for electric or acoustic guitar grades through the RGT (Registry of Guitar Tutors). More about the RGT here.

Guitar Grades

RGT Clear Logo SmallRGT exams start at beginner level and progress to professional Diplomas.  The exams are organised in partnership with London College of Music Exams (one of the world’s most respected music examination boards, established since 1887) and certificated b the University of West London.  From Grade One onwards RGT grade exams are regulated by the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator (Ofqual) and UCAS points are awarded for Grade 6 and above.
Benefits of Taking an RGT Exam:

  • Gain a useful and internationally recognised qualification.
  • Find out, via a reliable and independent assessment, what standard your playing is.
  • Achieve your playing potential by setting yourself a clear target to aspire to.
  • Preparing for the exam will help you develop all aspects of your playing in a structured way, increase your knowledge of guitar techniques and music theory.

Electric Guitar Exams:

Nine exam grades are available, ranging from Preliminary Grade (for beginners) up to Grade 8 (for aspiring professional musicians).
A range of Electric Guitar Teaching Diplomas and Electric Guitar Performance Diplomas are also available.

Acoustic Guitar Exams:

10 exam grades are available, ranging from Initial Stage (for beginners) up to Grade 8 (for aspiring professional musicians & teachers).
A range of professional Acoustic Guitar Teaching Diplomas are available.

Performance Awards

Candidates who prefer not to take a full grade exam can instead opt for an Acoustic / Electric Guitar Performance Award, which focuses entirely on the performance of rhythm and lead guitar. Performance Awards can be performed at an exam centre, or alternatively candidates can submit a video or audio recording of themselves playing the pieces.

Full-Time Professional Guitar Teacher

  • First Lesson Free!
  • Adults of all ages welcome
  • Children from 7 years and up
  • Absolute beginner to advanced
  • Grades 1 to 8 available
  • Online resources

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