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Tyson Smith

Tyson Smith


Guitar Lessons | Ukulele Lessons | Artist development, Song Writing Workshops, Theory Lessons, Composition Lessons, Jazz Improvisation Lessons, NCEA Music Tutoring, Online Lessons

  • Qualifications: Level 7 Diploma in Jazz Performance
  • Pricing: From $40 per half hour
  • Styles: Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Folk,
  • Suitability: All ages, beginner to advanced


Tyson is an experienced professional musician and music teacher based in central Wellington. He has worked as a guitarist with acts ranging from the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra to vocalist Hollie Smith and has over 20 years teaching experience both privately and at high schools and tertiary institutions.

After graduating from the Christchurch Jazz School, Tyson performed as guitarist in show bands on Cruise ships to hone his skills and fund music-inspired travel. He took lessons in Cuba and Mexico and also spent several months in New York City taking lessons from some of the city’s most highly regarded guitarists including Mike Stern, John Abercrombie and Ben Monder.

Since basing himself in Wellington over 15 year ago, Tyson has been sought after as a session guitarist for various tours, recordings and shows. In the past few of years he has focused more on his own original music, forming psychedelic surf-rock band “The Electrons” as well as performing solo at a range of NZ festivals including Splore and Shipwrecked.
As well as teaching private lessons, Tyson has taught at a variety of high schools and also at Whitireia Polytech where he taught guitar, music theory, improvisation and band classes in the contemporary music degree course.


Teaching Info

Tyson is a firm believer in the importance and power of music, whether someone is aiming to be a professional music or whether it is hobby.
While focusing on guitar, he teaches music in a holistic way that gives students an understanding of practical music theory, empowering them to be able to explore and learn on their own, outside of lessons.
He caters to students’ individual tastes and can teach any songs that they might wish to learn, as well as giving appropriate songs to help develop various techniques of interest.

He can teach students skills to help them with composition, improvisation and even recording and music production.

Tyson also sings and plays bass, banjo, mandolin and some keyboards among other things and some elements of these can be included in lessons if desired.

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