Frequently Asked Questions

 I've tried to answer most common queries here, but if you have a more specific query please do get in touch and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Where are you located, and is there parking?

Location

Im located at Longleat Avenue, Birmingham B15 2EX. You can get directions here.

Parking

Parking is completely free at all times except 11am-12pm (noon) during the week.  If you struggle to find a space on Longleat Avenue, I would advise trying Alfred Night Way, or Mason Way, which both put you within 2-3 minutes walking distance.

Failing that, economical paid parking is available on Bath Row, just after the Tesco Express, again 2-3 minutes walking distance from me.

What Payment Methods Do You Accept?

All payments are made in advance of lessons, and I accept all major credit cards.

You don't need a PayPal account to make payment, just a credit or debit card.  Find out more about this here.

When do you teach?
Monday -
Tuesday -
Wednesday -
Thursday -
Friday -
Saturday -
Sunday -
You can book online at your discretion and pick a time slot that works for you.

 

 

 

 

Do you teach children?

Yes, children may enrol from the age of 4 and up.  CRB/DBS information is available on request.

Much of teaching a child this young is down to what can be done at home with regard to practise and motivation. It's obviously incredibly important to keep kids stimulated, and will require as much commitment from parents as the student.

With regard to ergonomics; children under 10 will almost certainly need a child appropriate guitar, or perhaps even a Ukelele to get them started. I'd advise coming for a free first lesson where we can asses your child's needs.

How long will I need to take lessons to become competent / achieve my goals?

This question really needs to be assessed on an individual basis, as all students learn at different rates, have different goals, etc. However, here are some loose estimates based on starting as a complete beginner:

  • Hobbyist level (achieve competence at rhythm techniques and learn a repertoire of 10 chord or riff based songs): 2-3 years
  • Semi-professional (performance) level: 4 to 5 years

It should also be noted that children tend to learn faster than mature students. Middle-aged and older students should expect to learn more slowly.

Can I buy lessons as a gift for my spouse / family member?

Yes, but I must speak to the prospective student personally in order to assess his/her particular requirements and determine which program would be most suitable.

Do you teach acoustic and/or bass guitar and Ukele?

In Short: Yes!

The difference between acoustic and electric is less than you might imagine. Most playing techniques are common to both instruments, and the choice to pursue one rather than the other is largely a matter of taste. If you are a complete beginner wondering which one to take up and you don’t have any particular preference, consider getting a cheap electric guitar. (At this stage, you don’t even really need an amplifier unless you’re looking to produce a distorted rock/metal sound.) The strings will be lighter and closer to the fretboard, making it easier to fret notes and chords while you build up the strength in your hands.

 

Bass guitar has some unique attributes and techniques such as slapping, and a slight difference to guitars; generally speaking chords are not played on bass, and it overlaps between a rhythm and melody instrument.  I can cover finger style, or plectrum style bass depending on your preferences.

 

Ukele is essentially a 4 string guitar with a different tuning that requires an approach more akin the acoustic guitar.

Can I borrow a guitar/amp for my lesson?

Yes. Absolutely!  Let me know what you need during your booking process and load equipment for the duration of the lesson can be arranged.

Can I Cancel/Rearrange My Lesson?

Absolutely!

Right after booking a lesson you'll receive a confirmation email.  In this is a link that will let you reschedule your lesson up to 48 hours before hand.

Canceled or missed lessons within the 48 hour period will not be refunded, but I may reschedule your booking.  This is completely discretionary and I reserve the right to change my decision at any time.

I have known Zaid for just shy of 20 years now. In that time he has helped me grow as both a guitarist and a musician. He is friendly, approachable and knowledgable, with a passion for helping others understand how to use theory practically.read more
Paul Williamson
09:35 27 Jun 17
Would highly recommend Zaid as a teacher. Finally started getting back into playing my acoustic after a very long break, I was really worried at first, but decided to try a few lessons with Zaid over Skype. What can I say….I’m so glad I found him. A fantastic tutor, really friendly, adaptable and patient. Lessons are always fun and my confidence in playing has come back. In the past I always got frustrated whenever I found myself hitting a plateau….but thanks to Zaid I feel like I’ve made real steady progress this time. Thanks again. Look forward to our next lesson.read more
Man Yee Lee
21:16 27 Jun 17
Zaid Crowe has spent countless hours passing on his love of music to my two little girls. Very patient and creative, Zaid always comes up with interesting ways to learn new things. Would definitely recommend to friends. Thanks Zaid!read more
Alex Buckland
19:42 27 Jun 17
As someone totally new to any musical instrument, Zaid has been absolutely great; patient, warm, friendly, flexible and most importantly, absolutely fantastically talented on the guitar! I've learnt a huge amount (both practical and theory) as well as the types of music and styles I wanted to! Hugely recommended to anyone of any talent!read more
Snoope Fiasco
19:31 04 Jul 17
Zaid is an extremely patient and passionate guitar teacher, and his mastery of the guitar has inspired me to become a better player. As an intermediate guitarist I would definitely recommend him as a teacher for learners of any level.read more
Stuart Nomimizu
20:27 09 Aug 17
I’ve had a few lessons with Zaid and I’m astounded by how differently I now approach the fretboard. Zaid breaks down complex ideas into easy to digest chunks of information, and teaches them to you in a way that you can actually apply to your playing. Zaid is friendly, knowledgeable and patient, and I would highly recommend his tuition. If you have hit a plateau in your playing (as I had) you will be amazed at how quickly taking lessons with a good teacher will change the way that you approach your instrument.read more
James Kershaw
14:41 01 Feb 18
I was a little sceptical about having guitar lessons via Skype, I had always had face to face lessons previously and worried that Skype lessons wouldn't give me the same level of interaction, and that if I was doing something incorrectly then the teacher wouldn't be able to see and correct on the fly! I needn't have worried! Zaid's lessons are brilliant! It's like having a one to one lesson with the exception that you don't need to leave your house, and the time you would have spent travelling to and from a lesson can be used for the other things in life we never seem to have time for! I use my extra time to practice for an hour after the lesson. All of the concerns I had disapeared straight away and Zaid was able to spot any issues without problem. From the first contact with Zaid, he was massively enthusiastic, even just his response when I emailed to find out availability. I emailed many Skype teachers and most of the responses I got were along the lines of 'Yes I'm available, this is how much it costs' whereas Zaid's response was comprehensive and he gave lots of background information about his teaching philosophy, and even gave me an introductory 30 minute session for free to see how we got on. The introductory lesson was brilliant, I had emailed Zaid previously to give him a backgorund of my guitar playing journey and where I wanted to get to in terms of guitar playing (something I would recommend anyone who is interested in having lessons with Zaid to do) and from the start he just knew what we should be working on, no messing around, just straight into it. We cover a lot during the lessons but it is always at a pace that seems to fit my ability to learn, and if I don’t quite understand a concept that we are working on then we stop and focus on on it before moving on.After the lesson Zaid emails a summary of the lesson, and gives a comprehinsive set of notes of things that were covered in the lesson, i.e scale patterns, chord shapes etc and what things to focus on when practising. I spent a year after finishing one to one lessons just noodling about on my own and really wished that I had tried Skype lessons sooner, it would of saved a lot of time trying to do things on my own.Skype lessons have re-engaged me with my guitar and I’m looking forward to where the lessons will take me.If you’re sitting on the fence, and not sure if Skype lessons are for you, I recommend booking yourself in for an introductory lesson. All you need is a laptop with a webcam and you’re good to go!read more
Adam Matthews
10:45 11 Feb 18
I've always dabbled with my guitar but thought it was time to start improving my playing and getting past playing just chords. Zaid is a great teacher with a lot of patience and a huge passion for music. He listens to what direction you want to go in and always has good suggestions of how to learn the more tricky parts. Playing guitar is something I've never found easy because I like to sing at the same time, Zaid has given me tips and advice on how to get my head around playing more complicated parts which has made it way easier to play and sing. He is also a gear nut which is great for conversations about what kit to try out!read more
dean0707
20:09 01 Jul 17

Ready to Begin?

Lessons start from as little as £15 (your first lesson is even free!), and can be conducted in person at my Birmingham studio, or over Skype.

I can even lend you an instrument for the duration of the lesson to get you going.

Ready to Begin?

Lessons start from as little as £15 (your first lesson is even free!), and can be conducted in person at my Birmingham studio, or over Skype.

I can even lend you an instrument for the duration of the lesson to get you going.

I have known Zaid for just shy of 20 years now. In that time he has helped me grow as both a guitarist and a musician. He is friendly, approachable and knowledgable, with a passion for helping others understand how to use theory practically.read more
Paul Williamson
09:35 27 Jun 17
Would highly recommend Zaid as a teacher. Finally started getting back into playing my acoustic after a very long break, I was really worried at first, but decided to try a few lessons with Zaid over Skype. What can I say….I’m so glad I found him. A fantastic tutor, really friendly, adaptable and patient. Lessons are always fun and my confidence in playing has come back. In the past I always got frustrated whenever I found myself hitting a plateau….but thanks to Zaid I feel like I’ve made real steady progress this time. Thanks again. Look forward to our next lesson.read more
Man Yee Lee
21:16 27 Jun 17
Zaid Crowe has spent countless hours passing on his love of music to my two little girls. Very patient and creative, Zaid always comes up with interesting ways to learn new things. Would definitely recommend to friends. Thanks Zaid!read more
Alex Buckland
19:42 27 Jun 17
As someone totally new to any musical instrument, Zaid has been absolutely great; patient, warm, friendly, flexible and most importantly, absolutely fantastically talented on the guitar! I've learnt a huge amount (both practical and theory) as well as the types of music and styles I wanted to! Hugely recommended to anyone of any talent!read more
Snoope Fiasco
19:31 04 Jul 17
Zaid is an extremely patient and passionate guitar teacher, and his mastery of the guitar has inspired me to become a better player. As an intermediate guitarist I would definitely recommend him as a teacher for learners of any level.read more
Stuart Nomimizu
20:27 09 Aug 17
I’ve had a few lessons with Zaid and I’m astounded by how differently I now approach the fretboard. Zaid breaks down complex ideas into easy to digest chunks of information, and teaches them to you in a way that you can actually apply to your playing. Zaid is friendly, knowledgeable and patient, and I would highly recommend his tuition. If you have hit a plateau in your playing (as I had) you will be amazed at how quickly taking lessons with a good teacher will change the way that you approach your instrument.read more
James Kershaw
14:41 01 Feb 18
I was a little sceptical about having guitar lessons via Skype, I had always had face to face lessons previously and worried that Skype lessons wouldn't give me the same level of interaction, and that if I was doing something incorrectly then the teacher wouldn't be able to see and correct on the fly! I needn't have worried! Zaid's lessons are brilliant! It's like having a one to one lesson with the exception that you don't need to leave your house, and the time you would have spent travelling to and from a lesson can be used for the other things in life we never seem to have time for! I use my extra time to practice for an hour after the lesson. All of the concerns I had disapeared straight away and Zaid was able to spot any issues without problem. From the first contact with Zaid, he was massively enthusiastic, even just his response when I emailed to find out availability. I emailed many Skype teachers and most of the responses I got were along the lines of 'Yes I'm available, this is how much it costs' whereas Zaid's response was comprehensive and he gave lots of background information about his teaching philosophy, and even gave me an introductory 30 minute session for free to see how we got on. The introductory lesson was brilliant, I had emailed Zaid previously to give him a backgorund of my guitar playing journey and where I wanted to get to in terms of guitar playing (something I would recommend anyone who is interested in having lessons with Zaid to do) and from the start he just knew what we should be working on, no messing around, just straight into it. We cover a lot during the lessons but it is always at a pace that seems to fit my ability to learn, and if I don’t quite understand a concept that we are working on then we stop and focus on on it before moving on.After the lesson Zaid emails a summary of the lesson, and gives a comprehinsive set of notes of things that were covered in the lesson, i.e scale patterns, chord shapes etc and what things to focus on when practising. I spent a year after finishing one to one lessons just noodling about on my own and really wished that I had tried Skype lessons sooner, it would of saved a lot of time trying to do things on my own.Skype lessons have re-engaged me with my guitar and I’m looking forward to where the lessons will take me.If you’re sitting on the fence, and not sure if Skype lessons are for you, I recommend booking yourself in for an introductory lesson. All you need is a laptop with a webcam and you’re good to go!read more
Adam Matthews
10:45 11 Feb 18
I've always dabbled with my guitar but thought it was time to start improving my playing and getting past playing just chords. Zaid is a great teacher with a lot of patience and a huge passion for music. He listens to what direction you want to go in and always has good suggestions of how to learn the more tricky parts. Playing guitar is something I've never found easy because I like to sing at the same time, Zaid has given me tips and advice on how to get my head around playing more complicated parts which has made it way easier to play and sing. He is also a gear nut which is great for conversations about what kit to try out!read more
dean0707
20:09 01 Jul 17