I've been teaching guitar professionally since 2004 both privately, through public masterclasses, online and within education establishments.
I love it! Teaching students how to play the guitar is my favorite way to spend my time, fortunately I get to make a living out of it too.
I started teaching privately at Mansfield School of Music in 2004.
From 2005 to 2010 I was a senior guitar instructor for Midlothian council in Scotland.
In 2013 I decided to expand and started East Lothian Guitar Lessons to be able to offer students more options for learning, including Skype and video courses. The success rate has been amazing!
- Chris Dixon
My students have ranged from complete beginners, all the way to professional recording artists, and everything in between.
Whether you are a seasoned player or a complete beginner, retired or just a kid, I can help you.
I've taught over 12,000 lessons in my career and that's not counting masterclasses and tuition in schools, Over the last 15 years I've developed lessons, programmes and teaching strategies for every type of player and every style designed to improve your playing quickly and efficiently.
Are you looking to get started on the guitar? Or perhaps improve your existing skills?
East Lothian Guitar Lessons was started in 2013 by guitar instructor Chris Dixon.
Chris is a member of the Registry of Guitar Tutors, a Rockschool approved teacher and has 15 years experience teaching guitar professionally.
At East Lothian Guitar Lessons we work in partnership with Mansfield School of Music to provide you with the highest standard of music lessons available in East Lothian.
Whether you are looking for guitar lessons or would like to learn piano, singing or perhaps music theory, contact Mansfield School of Music to book your lessons now.
I started playing guitar at the age of nine, taking lessons at school and trying to play along with Beatles songs on one string at home.
At the age of 12 my family to Santa Cruz, California. I heard rock guitar and thought "I want do that!". My mum bought me an Ibanez Roadstar guitar and a Gorilla amp for my 13th birthday and some lessons at Offshore Music with Pat McCormack.
In high school I continued to study privately and also joined the school jazz band and choir. That jazz band won the high school division of the 1989 Santa Cruz Jazz Festival. That 1989 SCJF Command Performance became my first professional recording at the age of 17.
After high school I studied music theory and Bach harmony at Cabrillo College. I was very fortunate to grow up in an environment where I got the opportunity to see and play with a huge variation of musicians.
In 1990 I moved over to Scotland to get back in touch with my roots. So began the next chapter of my musical journey.
I moved to Glasgow where I spent a year studying Electronic Music & Recording at Clydebank College.
Transfering a year later to Jewel & Esk Valley College in Edinburgh to study Modern Musicianship and Film & Television Composition and Technology.
After that I spent a year at Barnsley College studying Popular Music Studies before returning to Edinburgh to continue my professional music career and private studies.
I carried on studying guitar with various Edinburgh guitar teachers including Ged Brockie from the Scottish Guitar Quartet and started playing in local function bands Angel and Corra.
In 2004 I took a guitar teaching position at Mansfield School of Music under the mentorship of Roy McGillivray, this led on to a teaching position as a guitar instructor for Midlothian Council from 2005 to 2010.
In 2013, whilst still working with Roy at Mansfield, I decided to start East Lothian Guitar Lessons to offer more variety and learning options for students.
These days I work on my new project "How To Teach Guitar" and do guitar session work for various projects such as touring with the Sandy Brechin Band, stage productions of Anything Goes, and solo guitar for weddings and functions, whist still passionately running East Lothian Guitar Lessons.
Soquel High School - Soquel, California: Guitar Techniques, Jazz Band.
Cabrillo College - Aptos, California: Classical/Jazz Theory, Bach Harmony.
Clydebank College - Glasgow, UK: Electronic Music & Production
Jewel and Esk Valley College - Edinburgh, UK: Modern Musicianship, Composition and Production for TV & Film.
Barnsley College - Barnsley, UK: Popular Music Studies
Private Study with: Pat McCormac, Shaun Baxter, George Earth, Ged Brockie.
"When I first picked up a guitar I was a bag of nerves and thought I would never be as good as my friends who were already advanced guitarists.
Chris taught me my first few chords and helped me build my confidence up!
He's a great guy and helped me with my first few steps into the guitar world.
Thanks Chris, always remembered and appreciated mate."
Callum Beattie - 3Beat Productions recording artist
East Lothian Guitar Lessons
2 Eskside East
Tel: 07890 531780
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