Mobile & Online Guitar, Saxophone, Ukulele, Bass Guitar & Mandolin Lessons with Campbell Murray.  

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Musical Teaching services offered include :-

Saxophone Alto or Tenor Lessons
Guitar Lessons
Ukulele Lessons
Bass Guitar Lessons
Mandolin Lessons
Music Theory

Music Lessons in your Lanarkshire home or worldwide online. Teaching Europe, Americas and Asia.

Tele +44(0)775 468 4911
E-Mail campbell@guitarsax.com

About
Mobile and online guitar, ukulele, and saxophone teacher available. Sax, Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin and Bass guitar lessons for adults, all ages, beginners and advanced players. North, South Lanarkshire and the Greater Glasgow Area.

I have played in many bands over the years playing many styles of music and taught hundreds of music students.

All ages and abilities are welcome. All styles of music are covered. I will teach what you want to learn and make it a fun experience! Preparation for instrumental grades and SQA & GCSE/BTEC Music is also covered. Trinity College, Rockschool, Mel Bay, RGT, SQA & ABRSM are all taught.

I teach all grades, ages and ability levels. Full Disclosure Scotland Enhanced CRB available for inspection.

After a few lessons you'll notice a huge improvement...guaranteed.

For guitar beginners i can bring to the lessons a spare instrument to let you try.

I teach students all over the world online and can teach locally by providing home visits.

Saxophone can be taught for both alto and tenor. Baritone and Soprano saxophones are the same fingering. All saxophones are transpositional so are in two main keys either Eb or Bb.

Most people have a goal in mind when they start playing, which may be to learn a specific song, get good at a technique, or start writing their own songs. Lessons are structured to achieve these goals, while also developing a wider guitar technique, so learning one musical phrase or solo will clear the way to playing others with little extra work.












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Guitar, Saxophone, ukulele, mandolin or bass guitar lessons At Home

Mobile Lessons or Online worldwide in the comfort of your own home. I use Skype, Zoom, MS Teams, Facetime and Messenger for music lessons online. ABRSM, Rockschool, SQA and Trinity music exams to support students in achieving their musical goals. I teach 24/7 so I can be flexible with your availability. If weekends or early morning are better for your lessons that's no problem. We can sort something out. Although I recommend weekly lessons this can also be reviewed. It’s essential for me to find out what it is that you want to achieve, or simply what triggers your interest towards learning the guitar, saxophone, ukulele, bass guitar or mandolin. Finger picking and plectrum styles taught. I'll also throw in effects such as pinch and natural harmonics, finger tapping, etc. We will also make barre chords, double stops, hammer on's and pull off's easier. I'll teach you lots of tricks. I can also help you with guitar maintenance and demonstrate sting changing polish and care of the instruments and instrument setup. I'll also show you altered tunings such as the popular dropped D. I can alto teach slide guitar sometimes known as bottleneck guitar technique.

Beginners or Advanced

All styles, ages and ability levels. Beginners to Advanced in Sax, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar & Mandolin. One to One or Class Musical Tuition. Scales, Chords, Arpeggios and Playing Techniques are all studied progressively. Songs and pieces used in the guitar lessons are selected in consultation with the student – no learning music that you don’t enjoy! Advanced guitar lessons also cover improvisation and musicianship. Music theory, tablature and sight reading can also be covered if the student wishes. We can look at blues, pop, rock, funk r&b, soul and all other musical genres. Beginners are my speciality. The first step to learning is always the biggest. Take that step and give me a call or text.

How I Teach

I teach using Rockschool, Trinity College, RGT, ABRSM and Mel Bay Methods. All grades initial to 8 and supplements taught. I can also teach you any favourite songs you may request. If you wish to learn Hotel California on guitar or In The Mood on alto or tenor saxophone that's also no problem. Because I teach all styles and ability levels we will always manage to find many interesting and challenging songs to improve our current ability. I can also offer good advice on instrument choice and value for money. For guitar players i can also help with effects selection. For lessons I'll provide and included in the lesson cost sheet music and audio tracks of demo audio and backing tracks. We can prepare you for playing for your own enjoyment or getting performing with others in bands, ensembles or orchestras'. Improvisation and lead guitar are a particularly important skill and I'll pass on my experiences and advice. Lessons are thorough but fun. For exams ill get help you good passes. I can also help with audio tracks and tabs/sheet music. Bass guitar lessons are mainly utilising the Rockschool & Trinity College Pop & Rock Books Initial Grade to Grade 8

Want To Improve Your Existing Musical Skills?
Please feel free to call me re. any questions or help with buying or renting instruments. I have excellent contacts for buying or hiring saxophones, guitars, ukuleles, mandolins and bass guitars. Guaranteed results. ABRSM, SQA, Rockschool & Trinity examinations preparation is my speciality. References available upon request. Many hire companies also offer the option to buy saxophone during the hire period.
I can help advise you on hire or buy options. Over the past few years saxophone prices for a reasonable quality instrument have fallen but still a substantial purchase. Often I can also get you discounts.
Audrey Tweedie,
Airdrie
     

Campbell is pleasant, patient and takes time with his students, nothing is ever a bother, my nine year old shouts Campbell's here the minute she sees his car, he is also teaching my 50 year old husband, and we have nothing but praise for him.

K. Hart,
Newarthill
     

Campbell has taught my son from the day he had his first Guitar. My son is not only able to play with confidence but at a level where if wanted has the ability to take on his own students at only 17years old.

A. Dunn, Carluke,
Wishaw
     

Campbell has been teaching my son for almost two years. Campbell is very professional and enthusiastic. My son enjoys his lesson very much. Campbell is good at motivating and encouraging my son to practice. I highly recommend Campbell as a guitar tutor.

David Pollard,
Airdire
     

When my son (11) wanted to learn to play the guitar we looked around for a tutor to teach him and are very happy to have found Campbell. I could write this review myself explaining how his playing has developed and progressed over the last 9 months and how good Campbell is at encouraging him etc. However since it is my son who is getting the lessons I asked him instead and he said: "playing guitar is cool, but playing with Campbell is much more fun." We would definitely recommend Campbell.

A. Campbell,
Airdrie
     

We have had Campbell as our daughter's tutor for over six months and he has helped her a great deal. He seems very thorough in his approach and more importantly he shares his love of the guitar and music and has increased her confidence no end.

Mrs. Ann Ferries,
Coatbridge
     

My daughter Jordanne is the only person in her class to have scored 66 out of 66 in her music exam.

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Acoustic or Electric Guitar ?
Should I learn on an electric or acoustic guitar?
Some websites claim you should learn on a nylon string acoustic guitar because it’s easier on your fingers. Other websites might claim you should start on an electric guitar for a similar reason. The real answer is that you should learn on the type of guitar that suits the music you want to play.
There’s nothing worse than trying to play some heavy rock or metal on a classical acoustic guitar. Or if you want to learn classical music, you’re going to hate trying to learn on a steel string acoustic guitar.
The guitar you get as a beginner should match the style of music you want to learn.
If you want to learn metal, get an electric guitar suitable for metal. If you want to learn blues, get an electric guitar suitable for blues. If you want to learn classical music, get a classical acoustic guitar.
Pretty simple, right?
But what if you don’t know what music you want to play yet? I recommend taking some time to research music you listen to. Think about whether the music you listen to is played on acoustic or electric guitars. If it’s almost all acoustic, get an acoustic. If it’s a mix of the two, get an electric.

How long to learn the Guitar?
How long does it take to learn how to play the guitar?
If you listen to advertisements for guitar courses, it takes “30 days to become a guitar god!”. Of course, that’s a lie. Also reminds me of an old excellent book by Bert Weedon titled "Play in a Day". Although generally you did play in a day it took considerably longer to sound proficient. At least a year.
What about the 10,000 hours rule stating that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert at something?
Well, that’s not true either.
There’s no simple answer to this question. The answer for you won’t be 30 days and it certainly won’t be 10,000 hours.
The time it takes for you to learn the guitar depends on how often you practice and what music you want to learn.
For example, let’s say you only want to strum basic chords so you can accompany your singing and you practice every day. In that case, you can learn everything you need within a couple of months. You’ll keep improving over time, learn new chords and different strumming patterns, but it won’t take you long to learn what you need.
As a different example, let’s say you want to learn how to play songs by one of my guitar heroes: Steve Vai. He plays incredibly complicated music. It will likely take years of hard work to get to the point where you can learn one of his songs at a basic level. Then it can take decades to push your skills to the point where you can play his music perfectly (or close to perfect).
Does that mean you should give up on your goal if the music you want to play will take you learns to master? Of course not. You’ll learn a lot of great music and enjoy yourself along the way.
There’s no end goal when learning guitar. That’s why you shouldn’t worry about this question. If you practice regularly, you’ll learn faster. If you don’t practice regularly, it will take longer.

Age Barrier ?
Am I too old to learn guitar?
No.
The oldest student I’ve taught so far started his first lesson when he was in his 80s. He had never played before and decided to learn guitar as a way to keep his mind active as he started retirement.
He was able to become a very well rounded guitarist because he practiced consistently and never used his age as an excuse. I never once heard him say “I’m too old to learn that” and that’s why he succeeded.
If you currently feel you’re too old to learn guitar, I highly recommend reading the book Mindset by Carol Dweck. If it doesn’t change your mind, then don’t even bother trying to learn guitar because you’ll only give up and blame it on your age.

Which Saxophone is best for learning ?
Which size saxophone should I start with?
The Alto is generally the best size saxophone to start on for the beginner player. Even though the Soprano saxophone is a smaller instrument, it requires a lot more control and is tricky to make quick progress on for the beginner saxophone player.  
The tenor sax is much heavier than the Alto, so it is more suitable for an adult or tall teenager to start on.  The great thing about saxophones, though, is that the fingering (or way you play the notes) is the same on all of them, so once you get the hang of an Alto, for example, it’s relatively easy to then switch to a tenor, soprano or baritone saxophone.

Small hands ?
I have small hands – can I still play the saxophone?
I have met fantastic players who have small hands – it really just comes down to getting used to the instrument. However, you may be better off starting on the Alto first as the keys are closer together than on a Tenor.

Sax Squeaks
My sax squeaks a lot when I blow – am I doing something wrong?
There could be a number of reasons for this. First, start by checking your reed is on correctly, is wet, and doesn’t have any major chips or cracks in it. Then be sure that when you play, you have your bottom lip over your teeth (your bottom teeth should never touch the reed).
Also, try experimenting with using less mouthpiece in your mouth when you play. Sometimes too much mouthpiece can cause squeaks. It also sounds harsh. And finally, if all these don’t fix the problem, then there is a chance that your sax needs the care of a repairer!

Should be Piano be learned first ?

As long as your child is the appropriate age for a particular instrument, he or she should start with the instrument they want to play.

Summer Lessons OK?
I teach many lessons in the summer. My schedule changes from the after school schedule of the regularly scheduled autumn and winter lessons to 9-4 or 9-5 hours. Summer is also a great time to start lessons, as the student can get a head start on the autumn, and also have seven or eight lessons to decide if they would like to pursue music further.
How do i tune the ukulele?
How should I tune my classroom ukuleles?
The options are (from lowest- to highest-sounding string): G, C, E, A
Is a Mandolin the Same as a Ukulele?
Is a Mandolin the Same as a Ukulele?
No. These are two different instrument from two entirely different instrument families. The ukulele is a member of the lute family that, despite its strong association with Hawaii, actually originates in Portugal. While the mandolin has eight strings, the ukulele has just four. The most popular ukulele is the soprano ukulele, tuned to GCEA or ADF#B

Can you buy right or left handed saxes?

No, both hands play an equal role on saxophone so it makes no difference whether you are left or right handed.

How should I care for my guitar?

  • Don't leave your guitar in a car for several hours in hot or cold weather.
  • When you finish playing your guitar, wipe it off with a lint-free cloth and put it in your case.
  • Use guitar polish (available at the local music store) to clean your guitar. Don't use furniture polish.
  • Your strings will last much longer if you clean them after each use.
  • You may want to put a dab of lemon oil on the neck once a year to avoid cracking from the wood drying.
  • If you are storing a guitar for a long time, you may want to loosen the strings.  
  • Have your guitar serviced by a professional guitar technician periodically.
  • Hide your guitar from little brothers!
How do I know when it's time to change strings?

If the strings have a dull colour, sound dead, muted, or are hard to tune, then it's time to change them. Many beginners don't realize their strings are dead until they hear how good their guitar sounds with new strings.
Should I learn to read music?
There has been many discussions and many musicians treat this as a philosophical subject. One extreme says you aren't a true musician unless you read music. The other extreme is very proud that they learned to play guitar without reading music. Music notation is the language of musicians. If you walk into a library and pick up a book but you can't read the English language then the book is useless to you. It's the same with sight reading. We have a rich heritage of music from centuries past. Music that people spent their lives creating is at our disposal if we are able to read music. If you are a serious musician and you are unable to read music there will probably come a day when you wish you did.. On the other hand, some of my favorite musicians could not read music and yet were considered master musicians. Using tablature is useful especially for players that use altered tunings or play multiple instruments. The down side of using tab is you aren't learning the names of the notes as you learn songs. Also, If you use tab there is a good chance you'll avoid notation because tab is easier. Unlike tabs, with notation you are reading music and learning the names of the notes on the guitar fret board. With tabs you are only learning the fret numbers. I recommend that you make reading music notation your number one priority. It will take dedication but you'll be glad you did when you see and hear the results.
Is ukulele easier than guitar ?
Since the ukulele has fewer strings than many other string instruments, it makes it one of the easier ones to learn. Most of the chord shapes on the ukulele are much simpler than the corresponding chord on the guitar. For example, playing a C major chord on the guitar takes at least 3 fingers held down on 3 different strings. Guess how many fingers you have to hold down to play a C major chord on the ukulele! If you guessed 1, you’re right!

Do you offer gift vouchers?
Yes I can supply you at no extra cost with a gift voucher for Birthdays, Christmas or any other special occasion. Just let me know your chosen text.
How much are saxophones to buy?
Saxophones don’t come cheap. As with all instruments, the better the quality, the better the sound and ease of playing. The plastic Nuvo saxophones are around £100 but these are just above being toys – they will get a young child going and they will learn the basics, but this will be a short-term instrument. Basic student saxophones start at around £250 but it is worth spending a little more to get a better-quality instrument, even for a beginner. Hiring a saxophone is a good option to save the problem of the outlay of buying a decent instrument and not knowing if learning will continue.

Which guitar plectrum's are recommended ?
The .73mm and .88mm are great for players starting out as they are more flexible and softer sounding plectrums. You should buy plectrums in bulk as they are quite easy to lose.
Five Big Saxophone Challenge's
The Five Biggest Challenges When Learning to Play the Saxophone
  1. Finding the right instrument. The saxophone is one of those instruments where you have to have the right kit if you're going to enjoy both learning and playing. ...
  2. Playing the right notes. ...
  3. Learning not to slouch! ...
  4. Embouchure. ...
  5. Sax maintenance.
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