Testimonials

If you are thinking about taking guitar lessons from Rich Hamer and want to know more it might be useful to read a bit of feedback from students…

“In my second year of university I developed a passion for Gypsy Jazz music. Now in my third year, Rich has been able to teach me everything I wanted to know from a very basic level to an advanced level of theory and practical understanding. I recently had an experience where I was able to put everything I had learn’t from Rich into practice and have a musically advanced and professional experience with it. Were it not for the lessons with Rich theres no way I would of been able to do that. Rich has a limitless and fantastic understanding of the guitar and he brews a mean cup of coffee, I’ve never enjoyed being in a lesson more than I have with Rich, Thanks for everything thus far and I look forward to continuing the musical journey with you, Cheers Rich!” (Elliot Kelly, Music BA, Plymouth University)

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“My husband and I have been going to Rich for a few months now – having a joint lesson as something we can do together. We have “played” guitar before, but we were kidding ourselves! We were basically beginners with bad habits and we have learned so much from Rich already. He is a great teacher, of course knowing what he is talking about but it is so clear that he loves what he does and it really comes across in his teaching. He is super patient, friendly and relaxed and manages both of us during the lesson really well, giving attention individually but also as a pair. From contemporary music to ragtime blues and throwing in some music theory, I feel we have come quite a long way in a fairly short time. I look forward to my lesson every time. Thank Rich!!!” (Reema Bhatt, Plymouth)

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“Having beenn stuck in a rut with my guitar playing for a number of years I searched for a guitar teacher who could help me improve my playing. As an experienced (albeit sloppy) guitar player I was unsure if professional lessons would be right for me, but having found Rich I can say that I always look forward to my weekly lessons. Rich is an excellent teacher and a fantastic musician and in the short time that I’ve been going to him I can see my playing improving week on week. I highly recommend him to any guitarist – from novice to advanced – who are wanting to learn an extra trick or two.” (Steve Reynolds, Plymouth)

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“Before starting lessons with Rich I had been playing for about 15 years and had reached a reasonably good standard, but felt I hadn’t improved for a long time. This led me to Rich, who seemed like the best suited teacher for me after scouting around the local area. Since my first lesson he has really opened up my playing and pointed out areas for me to improve on, whilst introducing me to new styles and genres. For any levels I recommend Rich, as he’s a very affable and knowledgeable guy and will immediately put you at ease.” (Jon Gigg, Plymouth)

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“I was an intermediate / advanced guitarist stuck in a bit of a rut before Rich started teaching me. My fingers are now doing things that I was pretty sure they couldn’t do and my musical horizons have expanded dramatically. Rich is a great teacher, honing in on where I’m at and stretching me to the next level in an enjoyable and seemingly effortless way. I always look forward to my next lesson.” (Jon Dunn, Tavistock)

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“Rich is a great instructor who teaches a broad range of guitar styles with enthusiasm and humour. I began as a beginner who had picked up a number of bad habits learning alone. Rich gave me access to new skills and techniques that dramatically improved my playing. I am still playing the tunes from the notes he gave me. These are from styles as varied as Irish Jigs to the Jeeves and Wooster theme tune (Jazz). I would thoroughly recommend taking lessons with Rich Hamer; you won’t regret it!” (Richard Farrow, Plymouth)

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“I have had lessons with Rich for just under 2 and a half years now and my playing has improved massively. I love that I am now able to pick up a guitar and play a song that can be recognised and it is all down to Rich’s teaching. Thank you.” (JJ, Cornwall)

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“I have been taking lessons from Rich for 4 years, returning to guitar playing after many years. I was very fortunate to find him via a neighbour’s recommendation, because he is a great musician, a great teacher and a great guy. My playing and confidence have progressed hugely. I am in a band that gets together weekly and gigs occasionally. Rich really takes the trouble to understand where you are coming from and to help you develop how you want. He is comfortable with a wide variety of music and takes the trouble to extend his repertoire in your direction where needed. We have covered a number of styles, acoustic and electric and enough theory to support what I want to do. We are currently working on embellishing melody. I intend to continue with him for a long time as it is productive and enjoyable.” (John Allway, Yelverton)

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“Rich is a great guitar teacher who will introduce you to many genres of music, a very patient teacher who does not become infuriated when you mess up a jazz chord progression for the 30th time!” (David Collier, Bristol)

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“I started having lessons with Rich as a total adult beginner, the lessons were tailored to match my ability and as such helped me to progress rapidly. The one to one tuition meant the lessons could be developed to meet my progress. I was with Rich for two years and covered all styles of playing guitar. Rich as a teacher was reliable, friendly and very pleasant, he was able to adapt his style of teaching to ensure I understood what was being taught. Since finishing lessons with Rich I have now formed a band that get together each week for jam sessions and help develop my abilities further. I would recommend Rich and his unique teaching ability to anyone who would like to learn any style of guitar.” (Tony Tapper, Plymouth)

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“I was a beginner when I started learning and I quickly progressed into a semi-professional guitarist. I always enjoyed lessons as we learned something new each week and Rich would always keep things interesting to say the least. I have been learning the guitar from Rich for roughly 4-5 years now and I still continue lessons today. We learned quite a few Jazz songs, some Irish Jigs, which I really enjoyed, and we also learned some Rock songs and a large range of different genres. I study A level music in my school in year 13 and because I had to learn quite a few songs in a short space of time on several occasions, he was always more than happy to help me learn the songs as well as show me how to play variations of difficult chords. It was always a pleasure to learn with Rich and I would definitely recommend him to anyone interested in learning guitar” (Dylan McAdam, Plymouth)

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“I come to you for lessons to learn a particular style of music based on Django Reinhardt. I don’t play the guitar but play ‘piano accordian’ but your knowledge and expertise to improvise over chords and the way you teach this is inspiring and at last, I’m getting the hang of it!” (Joy Rendell, South Brent)

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“I started learning guitar 4 years ago with Rich; starting from the ground up. I have now worked my way up to level 8 standards of playing, with the ability to play a range of music styles from rock to gypsy swing and from many generations of guitar playing. Not only has he taught me how to play guitar but I have learnt much theory behind it, giving me a true understanding of the art. I am now 19 years old and a professional chef, despite the long unsociable hours I make room for my guitar lesson every week. As it is the one thing I enjoy most as a hobby, I recommend Rich to anyone looking to start learning or continue learning guitar 5 stars!” (Jake Westlake, Tavistock)

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“When I started I was a complete beginner. The next lesson could never come quick enough haha, really enjoyed them. I learned for 5 years I think, not sure exactly. I learned all sorts, started off with classic rocks, delved into folk and irish jigs, progressed on to spanish/classical more then finally plenty of gypsy jazz!! Very glad I chose Rich – couldn’t ask for a better teacher, even got my Dad to a reasonably good level!! I’m playing regularly for several different groups and bands, in fact this summer on days off I busked a lot in Italy and earned more than my actual job.” (Tom Collier, Exeter)

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