Free Online Lessons

Group Jam/Improvisation Classes Launched!

After a successful run of trial group based classes on jamming and improvisation, I've decided to formally launch bi-monthly sessions!   You can book in online at any time, but please check in with Zaid to ensure you are grouped into the appropriate ability. What Is...

Calling all Lefties; Should You Consider Playing Right Handed?

Deciding To Play As A Left, Or Right Hander I've had quite a few left handed students over the years, and as long as they've never played before I make sure to have a chat with them about considering going right handed.  Playing guitar requires a great deal of...

Guitar Barre Chords – The Myth About ‘Finger Strength’

This is a repost of an answer I left to a question on Quora that's close to my heart: How do you gain finger strength to use barre chords on the guitar? Original post here. I've decided to expand on my answer and provide some illustration - I hope it's helpful to you....

How to Write a Love Song On Guitar

So you've mastered some guitar chords, been practising like a pro and have mastered a few songs written by other people.  Awesome! My guess is you are hear because you've decided it's time to start writing some of your own music.  The aim of this article...

Easy Songs To Play On Guitar With 4 Simple Open Chords

There are tons of articles on easy songs to play on guitar for beginners.  But what about those of us that need quick/easy materiel in other environments? I've been a supporting musician in several bands of the years, mostly commonly used as last minute dep for...

How to Play Wild Thing

New guitarists are always looking for great simple material they can play once they have a few chords under their belt. This was actually one of the first songs I ever learned and performed live! I found this great tutorial by Gary E Kerkow that walk you through "Wild...

The Complete Beginner Practice Regime

One of the hardest things to do for guitarists of any standard, is deciding what (or how) to practice.  There's a plethora of books, DVD's, apps and gadgets designed to inspire you along the way.  I feature some the better of these here on my blog. As a beginner it's...

5 Don’ts While Learning the Guitar

I came across this blog by Sanjay Nair (link to the original article is in the footer) and thought I'd share the wisdom here.  These are some wise words! Number 1: Trying to self learn: Are you bitten by the do it yourself bug? I love the do-it-yourself bit too. But...

Are You Really Playing Guitar?

Learning to play an instrument can be a gruelling experience, filled with ups and downs that can leave you disheartened and wondering why you even began. I shared a snippet of this video on my instagram account a while ago but wanted to feature it here in full.  I...

[toc heading_levels=”5″]

Google Rating
4.9
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