I did this class about 5 years ago as a nervous bedroom guitarist (40th birthday present from my wife). Now playing in a band, regular at my local blues jam and enjoying it so much. Your workshop was one of the best things I ever did!"
John's an amazing guitarist and an excellent, and patient, teacher. I came away from the session with a host of new things to try. John provided a lot of useful printouts (tab etc.) to support what he was teaching and I use them daily as exercises. He also encouraged me to video any parts of the lesson that I wanted - this has been really valuable to me. I can't praise John enough and I'd recommend one of his sessions to anyone - so I give him a big 10/10.
Just wanted to say thank you for yesterdays session. I learnt so much not just from being shown how to play but, from your discussion and encouragement (especially for me regarding barre chords).
I just wanted to say many thanks for Saturdays blues class. The whole sessions was really informative and absolutely flew by! Can’t believe just how much useful information that you managed to put into the session.
I just wanted to thank you for your guitar lesson on Saturday, I think my huge smile throughout said it all.
It was one of the best experiences I have ever had. It wasn’t only the practical stuff that blew my mind but the theory behind what I was doing, with that understanding it has made sense of so many things and tied things in with each other. It has also allowed me to explore the guitar alone as I now know what I am looking for. What I learnt in 4 hours with you has improved my playing by a ridiculous margin. I have been and will be practicing like crazy as per usual.
On another note, your 2 CD’s are amazing John, they need to be out there in music stores.
Also i never knew who the vibrators were, I have been listening daily, what a band My kind of music.
Thank you again John.....Amazing experience.
I was excited to find this experience. I am buying it for my dad. I do not live in London but my parents do, so it can be difficult to find them transportable gifts for Christmas -- plus they already have everything they need, which is why experiences are great! My dad taught himself guitar when he was a teenager. He has loved playing ever since, and I think he will have a blast learning how to play blues guitar.
Really excellent course - lot's of great practical guidance and tips supplemented with some great anecdotes. I particularly liked the opportunity to video John at the end as he ran through the various things we had covered on the course. Would thoroughly recommend it!
This was a superb experience. John is not only a very highly skilled player, he is also a very capable and approachable teacher and very knowledgeable about the blues. You don't need to be a complete guitar wizard to get benefit from this course, just a basic working knowledge of your way round a guitar and some open chords and one simple scale. In one afternoon, I picked up a load of useful tips and tricks of the trade. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. A great day!
Very useful and informative session. John Ellis knows his stuff, both on the guitar and on his musical history. Session was 4 hours of fairly basic but useful blues guitar, along with history and anecdotes! Not suitable for complete beginners, but if you can strum some basic chords you should be fine. The rest of the group (total of 8) ranged from almost beginners to those who had been playing for years but wanted those extra little hints and tips to improve their skills. Very enjoyable, thanks John and Indytute.
an excellent session with a knowledgeable tutor, done in the best possible way (ensemble).
It has encouraged me to pick up my guitar (again) and play the blues.....
I've come across your site Indyute when I was looking for a birthday gift for a good friend. He, his wife and myself have this habit of getting each other experiences as a gift. I figured he hasn't played his guitar for quite a while now and thought this may be a good motivation and experience to take his guitar out again and also have some fun learning, playing and jamming blues on a weekend. Turns out he even knows songs by the person who runs this workshop and he was very happy receiving this gift.
I thoroughly enjoyed my lesson with John. He is an extremely engaging teacher, has a wealth of stories and experience, and is adept at pitching the learnings at the right level, regardless of the experience level of the student. I had a basic understanding of the Blues and it really helped me move on, both in terms of understanding and technique. I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their playing, or as a gift for the guitar player and blues lover in your family.
After years of tinkering about with guitars this lesson really helped me to learn in a structured and enjoyable way with clear tips for continuing to learn and practice after the lesson.
I attended the workshop around April, it was a gift from my wife. It was a great experience, loved the location and John was very personable and patient with those of us who are not so good! I learnt loads in a relaxed atmosphere around like minded people, loved it!
I thought the course was brilliant. It was intense and creative and John was an excellent teacher. I got loads out of it!
As a long time blues fan going back to Hendrix etc in the 60s it has always been an ambition of mine to begin to understand this style of guitar playing. I attended one of John’s beginner Sessions and found the experience truly fulfilling. It also made me realise how much I needed to learn and how good John and his contemporaries really are ! Well done
Small group session with John, all of us at different 'beginner levels' of skill. Really great fun doing the chosen songs as a group with opportunities to show off blues soloing. John was a really good and engaging teacher who got through a lot in the time allocated. Recommended.
Great session, learnt some useful bits and pieces. John was a fantastic and passionate host.
Definitely not for a beginner. John seems a good guy and really knows his stuff. I’m sure other students on the day got a lot out of it, but I was the only beginner in the room. The others had either been playing guitar in a band for years or studied music at university. So, the lesson went at their pace and in their language and, as such, I didn’t get much out of it. The title of the session should not be ‘beginners’, it should be either ‘intermediate’ or ‘advanced’ based on my experience.
It was a very chilled, laid back experience. It’s great to learn some new tricks and play with some like minded people.
Cannot rate this session highly enough!
I had a great time at the blues workshop. John was really friendly and helpful in keeping everyone up to the same speed, would recommend!
I’ve been playing guitar for many years, but still found that one session with John was a top class boost.
This was a gift for our son-in-law's fiftieth which was last Saturday so he has not had the experience yet but he was very pleased with it.
Indytute were great to deal with The gift arrived in the post next day and I also received a very nice email thanking me for my order. Nice touch.