paul costello

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Music Theory.


Paul started working as a musician in the late 70’s when he was still in his teens, playing jazz on double bass. He started playing guitar in and around Liverpool, becoming resident artist at an established acoustic venue giving him the chance to meet, and share a stage with many outstanding musicians. After gaining a diploma in jazz and classical guitar at Mabel Fletcher College in the mid-eighties, he became a professional musician and guitar tutor, starting out playing bars and clubs, then later arts centres, festivals, and radio broadcasts. His compositions bring together elements from jazz, classical, folk, and world music. This has led to several collaborative projects, working with colleagues from the UK, USA, Europe, the Middle East, and India. Paul’s three earlier albums (Snaizeholme, Living Music, and Mosaic) document some of these collaborations whilst his book (‘Improvisation for Classical, Fingerstyle and Jazz guitar’.) explores more the more technical and theoretical issues, arising from his lecturing and tutoring work. The release of his new album: ‘Solo Acoustic Guitar’ marks a new stage in his musical journey. Drawing inspiration from players like Ralph Towner, George Van Eps, and Egberto Gismonti who use the guitar in an almost orchestral way, performance can offer, the opportunity to evoke a unique musical landscape. Paul is an established guitar tutor and educator, with over thirty years professional experience. He has taught many hundreds of private students, given workshops, and taught and lectured in schools and colleges.


  • Dip L.M. Mable Fletcher College. Liverpool

Additional Information

For students who live in Merseyside, Wirral, and surrounding areas, one to one guitar tuition, and music theory lessons, are available in my home studio. If you live further away lessons can be also be pre-booked on skype.


Fees Duration
1/2 hour11.00
1 hour£21.00


  • Ron Carruthers Sep 26, 2017
    ''Paul is an excellent teacher, and also a first class musician, writing, performing, and recording his own material. I would definitely recommend him to any beginners wanting to learn, and also to those more advanced wanting to improve their musical knowledge and playing skills.''

    Ron Carruthers

  • Tony Roberts Sep 26, 2017
    I have taken weekly guitar lessons with Paul for almost 20 years in the styles of Jazz Improvisation and Classical guitar. Over that time, techniques have included plectrum and fingerstyle using both electric and acoustic instruments. Under Paul's guidance I worked up through the Classical guitar grade examinations to grade 8, and am now studying with him towards a diploma. Paul is a very sensitive teacher who tailors his approach very much with the particular student's needs in mind. Highly recommended.

    Tony Roberts

  • Hilary Engwall Jul 23, 2018
    I really look forward to my weekly lesson with Paul Costello. He teaches many styles of guitar music, including classical, rock, folk and jazz. His lessons are stimulating and encouraging and yes, at times a good way! Some people are talented musicians and some are talented teachers. Luckily for his pupils, Paul Costello is both. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone who is looking for a music teacher, whether you are a complete novice or a proficient player seeking to enhance your skills and develop your repertoire.

  • Ian Elder Jul 20, 2018
    I have been taking guitar lessons with Paul for seventeen years and during this time have gone from a very basic level to a performing musician. Paul is an excellent musician and an excellent teacher of classical, steel string acoustic and electric guitar. Paul not only makes the lessons interesting but also teaches the correct techniques that are transferable to all aspects of guitar playing. Paul is a very encouraging teacher and has great ability at finding techniques that can accommodate all levels of ability in terms of practical performance and music theory that allow students to make maximum progress.