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Auckland Guitar School

Auckland Guitar School

Auckland

Guitar Lessons


  • Styles: Rock, pop, funk, jazz, blues, acoustic, slide guitar etc
  • Suitability: All ages and levels

Bio

Auckland Guitar School is Auckland’s only specialist school of modern guitar playing.

The School teaches students from all over Auckland at its two locations in Howick (East Auckland) andTakapuna (North Shore).

The School was set up and is run by Dylan Kay, who has over 20 years professional guitar teaching experience, including many years at the Guitar Institute in London. His experience includes teaching many hundreds of students, teaching guitar at a number of high profile schools and writing for Guitarist and NZ Musician magazines.

Educated at Berklee College of Music, the Guitar Institute and Oxford University, Dylan studied with some of the world’s finest guitar educators. He has performed extensively in the US and throughout the UK leading his own bands and performing with others, everywhere from small cafes and bars through to theatres, clubs, festivals and the 02 Arena in London.


Teaching Info

If you’re frustrated with your guitar playing, fed up with trying to teach yourself from the internet, or making slow progress with your current teacher, we can help! Our structured, proven approach means that you get faster results, build strong foundations and develop the skills to play the music you love. Whether you’re a beginner, or have been playing for some time, you’ll save time, money and frustration.

What sets us apart? It’s very simple – we care. This underlies everything we do at the School. We care about you as a student. We care about your progress, and we have the skills, experience and desire to help you get to where you want to be as a guitarist, whether that be simply strumming some chords at home, or playing on the big stages.

We take our responsibility to you very seriously. A huge amount of care and thought goes into refining and improving everything we do for you as a student, to make your experience here as enjoyable and effective as possible. And the work continues behind-the-scenes when you leave the classroom, so that we can offer you unmatched opportunities, experiences and value, above and beyond your regular lesson/s.

We pride ourselves on the care and attention that goes into preparing and teaching every lesson. (We don’t just ask when you walk in the door, “What song do you want to learn today?”, and then print out TAB from the internet – sadly, this is very common amongst guitar “teachers”!)

Our focus on guitar makes us Auckland’s only specialist guitar school. This allows us to direct our energy and expertise into being the best at what we do. (Visit the reviews page for proof of this).

All teachers at the School are extensively trained in-house, to ensure that the highest quality and consistency of teaching is maintained and that you get the results you want from your lessons. We work together from a unique core curriculum, so that you build strong foundations and develop the skills to play the music you love.

This is what some students recently said about lessons at Auckland Guitar School:
I joined Auckland Guitar School last year after my 12 yr old son inspired me. He had joined Auckland Guitar School a few weeks prior, and I had this vision that we could play together! And now we do!! Even better my 8 year old son has now joined and has the bug too. Dylan has proven to be a fantastic teacher who clearly has an extremely knowledgeable background and skill in this wonderful instrument. The classes are so much fun, you learn an incredible amount in these lessons, and Dylan and Thomas’s style of teaching is suited to all walks of life! You play the latest songs on the charts, along with the good old time classics we all know. It’s addictive, all three of us never want to miss a class. One thing I notice is my boys and I leave our classes with the biggest smiles on our faces! Love it!” (Kira Chilcott)

As an adult student, I’d found my previous teachers always assumed that because you’re an adult, you don’t want to be bothered by theory, and you just want to get on and play. In Dylan’s classes, they’re a really good mix of theory, technique and practical, and there’s no doubt that learning theory really does help your playing and gives you the ability to be able to improvise and play your own solos on the fly over chord progressions. Previously, I wouldn’t have had a clue about how to play a solo over a chord progression or even how to start. Dylan is by far the best guitar teacher I’ve come across, and a hell of a nice guy. He’s a fantastic player himself, is very well qualified in everything guitar/music, and is very personable. I would highly recommend Dylan to anyone wanting to learn or further their guitar skills. He’s certainly done wonders for my playing.” (Mark Mallinger)

Visit http://www.aucklandguitarschool.co.nz – book your FREE Evaluation session and find out how fast you could be learning.

"My son started at the School first - I’d been playing on my own for years without really getting anywhere and when I saw his progress, I wanted to be a part of it! I had other teachers previously, but I wasn’t making any progress - I never got to a point where I had anything polished enough to perform. At AGS I’ve developed self-discipline and confidence and I now have tunes I can play for friends and family. To be able to pick up a beautiful instrument and play it half-decently is hugely rewarding!"

Lauren Worsley

"I just wanted to go in, have a course set out, know that the exercises would nail what I wanted to learn, and know that each week it would build up and consolidate. It’s amazing the amount of progress I’ve made (in 2 months of lessons) - before this I was kind of afraid to pick up the guitar… but here, you build your confidence really quickly, and it’s just so enjoyable. The thing I enjoy the most is that you’re with actual human beings, not just stuck in front of a computer trying to watch YouTube. The teacher is right there for immediate feedback, for immediate advice, for tips. They’re all trained really well, and they’re friendly and encouraging. A lot of people have had teachers where it just didn’t work out for them - I would say here, it’s just very different."

Aaron Watkinson

“I’m learning so much every week and I find that inspires me to pick the guitar up any chance I get… The constant feedback and encouragement, and tips and advice – I just find it invaluable, and find myself soaking it up, just loving it… I really look forward to the band sessions every month. They’re so much fun, and it makes you feel just a little bit like a musician :-)… My playing has progressed so fast compared to what I could possibly have learnt by surfing YouTube or trying to figure out somebody’s interpretation on Tabs.”

Marty Kemp

"Joining Auckland Guitar School nine months ago is one of the best things I've done. I had tried to learn guitar previously through books/DVDs, online lessons and a few teachers. Although I had gained some basic guitar skills, I lacked confidence, felt stuck in my learning, and frustrated that I still couldn't really play anything well. My weekly lessons at AGS have transformed my guitar learning. I am learning material that feels right for me, at a manageable pace and level of challenge. I am making progress in lots of areas - soloing, improvising, rhythm and theory. Thanks to AGS, the bits and pieces of musical knowledge I learned in the past are now coming together and making sense. I feel inspired, focused, and highly motivated to practice. The lessons are well structured and thoughtfully delivered by outstanding teachers. Each lesson builds upon the last, cleverly reinforcing knowledge and techniques. In the process, I am learning lots of fantastic songs which is a lot of fun!"

Belinda Griffiths

“I’ve learnt more in less than 12 months with Dylan than 7 years of lessons when I was a teenager – it’s fabulous. The pace of learning is excellent – I feel pushed in a positive way – challenged, but not that I can’t cope with it. I didn’t realise how much I could achieve. Having lessons motivates me to practice, and now I’ve got to the point where I’m completely addicted to practising and I can’t stop practising. I’m inspired to play and see a future where I’m a really competent musician. It’s not just the weekly lessons it’s the whole offering – it’s almost like being part of a family of musicians. You’ll feel like you’re part of something… obviously, all teachers are not created equal.”

Carren Richardson

"The good thing about having “real” lessons is that you can have your technique assessed and adjusted and learn to do things correctly, whereas with online lessons you’re just hoping you’ve got it right. Taking lessons at the School… my playing is just completely different from before. I’ve learnt to play properly, you learn the right way to do stuff so you don’t waste time by making mistakes and getting it wrong, and finally finding out what you should have been doing! I like the fact there’s a good structure to the lessons, and lots of variation. It makes it really interesting - it’s never boring learning to play the guitar here!"

Laura Witty

"The good thing about having “real” lessons is that you can have your technique assessed and adjusted and learn to do things correctly, whereas with online lessons you’re just hoping you’ve got it right. Taking lessons at the School… my playing is just completely different from before. I’ve learnt to play properly, you learn the right way to do stuff so you don’t waste time by making mistakes and getting it wrong, and finally finding out what you should have been doing! I like the fact there’s a good structure to the lessons, and lots of variation. It makes it really interesting - it’s never boring learning to play the guitar here!"

Peter Simpson
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