Danny Webber is a guitar teacher based in Bristol, providing a mobile service enabling students to learn from the comfort of their own homes in and around the Bristol area.

 This article has been written for Rockschool on behalf of MGR Music by Leigh Fuge, a professional guitarist, tutor and journalist. Here he interviews Danny Webber, a Guitar tutor based in Bristol.

Dan runs Guitar Lessons Bristol and has been working professionally as a full time private guitar teacher for the past 4 years. With over 10 years teaching experience, Danny utilises the Rockschool Graded Curriculum with his students over the lessons he offers. Aside from the benefits of sitting a recognised qualification, Dan uses the RSL range of graded exams to provide his students with a thorough path from beginner to advanced player and expose them to a variety of genres and techniques.

Danny is a proficient player who plays in a range of bands, covering everything from functions and private gigs to pubs and original music, as both a guitar and bass player and has also completed his Rockschool Grading during his years studying at Bridgewater College, Truro College and Plymouth University, Danny holds a BA (Hons) in Music and a Grade 8 Certificate from RSL.

“I really like that the emphasis is not just on the playing, but also on the technical side such as scales and aural testing. It is very well rounded.”

All of Danny’s students feel the Rockschool grades are great for pushing them into new techniques and genres and he feels they are great for helping students plan ahead towards having a career in music, using the Rockschool curriculum to obtain the full range of skills needed.

“The exam experience was great, my students book their slots for exams themselves and often get their desired dates.”

Being based in Bristol, the local exam centre for RSL is based in a Bristol College, this provides students with a comfortable and professional environment to undertake their examination. Any students on Danny’s books that have ever needed to contact Rockschool to discuss moving exam slots, dates of exams or any general queries have always provided good feedback about their experience.

As a teacher, Danny has also felt the benefit of using these resources with his students saying that "as you move towards the higher grades it pushes you to use and recall your own technical and theoretical knowledge at a higher level than you might do on a day to day basis."

Danny feels the way the books are laid out are intuitive to every age group and contain enough varied material to please everyone. The books variety is also great for influencing younger students to find their musical interests.

“It’s a good way to discover what sort of music you might like. It’s a great entry to guitar based music in different styles. There is usually a metal track, a rock track, a blues track, a jazz track, a funk track and more. In my own learning I would sometimes pick the jazz based tune to push myself into playing something I would not have otherwise done in my day to day playing, it could be a real eye opener for me.”

The option to choose some well known songs that have been arranged for particular grades is a great way to encourage people to push themselves by playing songs they known but while also giving them the option to play songs by artists/genres they might not be familiar with.

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About the Author:

Leigh Fuge is a professional guitarist, tutor and journalist from Wales in the UK. He has been working in the music industry for over 10 years as a touring and studio musician with various artists, guitar tutor and writer for many high profile guitar publications. He also teachers via the MGR Music platform and helps pair hundreds of high-quality tutors with students around the country.