• Testimonials
    What my students have to say

Testimonials

"I went to Richard to learn how to play guitar 4 years ago. His incredible music knowledge along with his teaching style have pushed me well beyond what I expected I was able to do. I am now writing my own music, I have recorded with Richard, have been in 2 previous bands and am now in Stockholm Sweden starting my own originals band. I cant recommend Richard highly enough. He will put you at ease and will help you play and appreciate the finer points of music in such a way that when you go to see professional bands play, you will pick up everything that they do and be able to adjust and apply it to your own playing style. A consummate professional who will always go that extra mile for you and a truly amazing guy. Proud to call him my guitar teacher and friend"

Stephen Boyle

"Richard Mackman is a brilliant player and teacher. He takes your favorite songs and artists and chooses songs that are realistic for you to learn. You learn a mixture of tabs and chords that are fun which motivate you to learn. I'd recommend him to any guitar player willing to learn more and beginners alike"

Carlie Hare - BA honours media and photography student Birmingham City University

"I have been working with Richard as a student for nearly two years. He teaches me bass guitar and prior to starting with him I had never even picked up a musical instrument let alone a guitar. I can now play along to songs, read tablature and generally enjoy music on a different level to before. All of this has been accomplished despite having limited use of the fingers on my left hand. As a 'professional' academic I have found Richard's approach methodical, innovative and inspirational. He is capable of 'tuning in' to the needs of his students and identifying the pace at which they can learn. This is not to say he will allow me to 'bump along' - he suggests songs that will stretch my abilities and challenge my own musical tastes. He is patient yet persistent and capable of using a range of different teaching techniques to help me make sense of my instrument - for example using voice, clapping, CD recording and highlighting the mathematical underpinning of music as tools. He has also advised me on the choice of instrument, introduced me to new musical genres and is always ready to listen to my thoughts and ideas. As a musician Richard has a strong pedigree and can speak from an experienced professional perspective and yet he never appears to be intimidating or condescending with his comments. I have recommended him to my friends and would have no hesitation in commending his studio to prospective students regardless of their own musical ability"

Dr Kevin Roe (lecturer at Cambridge University)

"I first came into contact with Richard when he taught my son from scratch to play the Bass guitar and was amazed after a very short time that he had recommended him to play with a band and he was soon playing regularly.The thing I was most impressed with then was the discipline Richard instilled in my son to be diligent, conscientious in his practicing, turn up on time and not to waste his Dad's money!"

David Longstaff (Parent)

"Richard provides a great service in offering interesting, fun lessons to suit all music tastes and playing abilities"

George Morris (current student)

"Awesome teacher and an awesome dude. Has really helped me as an individual and helped my band as we have progressed. Highly recommended!!"

Joel Bowyer

"Inspiring teacher, great guitarist, and wonderful guy. Has really helped develop my guitar playing and taught me masses of techniques. Plus, he's introduced me to fabulous new music, and shown me how to play it. Comes highly recommended as the best guitar teacher in the area"

Adam Pasco

"Amazing teacher! very talented and a great guy !! (:"

Giovanni Fraser

"Patient and very knowledgeable, full of ideas and enthusiasm, nothing appears to phase Richard and is an excellant guitar and bass tutor. If you wish to learn guitar or bass, go nowhere else"

Habib Khan

"A great guitar teacher who teaches you any styles of music you like. A friendly relaxed session, would highly recommend this guy"

Glen Thompson

"Really knows what he's up to as both a tutor and a player"

Abi Aldridge

"For a complete novice student Richard is an incredibly patient and supportive tutor. I was never the most skilled guitarist but the simple pleasure derived from finally being able to play songs you really love, when a lot of teachers wouldn't give you the time of day, really means a lot. He has a down to earth and friendly nature which puts any nerves aside right from lesson one.As well as letting me progress at the level and with the songs I felt comfortable with Richard also made lots of suggestions for songs I'd like and really expanded my musical tastes which before that had been quite limited. I definitely recommend him - whatever your skill level"

Caroline Marshall

"Richard is a fantastic guitar teacher and top quality guy. He knows his music inside out and teaches a whole range of styles. The catalogue of music he has to offer in a professional home recording studio will certainly cater for all styles of music. It is clear that he is passionate about music and wants nothing but the best for his students, whether they are taking up guitar as a hobby or want to persue a career in music. Not all guitar teachers are able to listen to a song or watch a video and immediately replicate what is being played. This was something that I always found fascinating and inspiring in his lessons. His lessons were very professional but the atmosphere was always relaxing and felt like a chilled out jamming session. He also has a broad knowledge of all equipment types including guitars, amps, live recording etc, and helped me make many decisions when it came to purchasing gear in the past. I was taught by Richard for 4 and a half years and I was extremely sad that my tuition had come to an end. I had a lot of fun writing my own music, recording my own takes on songs and learning all genres of music. One of Peterborough's finest"

Natalie Webster

"I am currently having guitar lessons with Richard since August 2012; the lessons have been thoroughly enjoyable, educational and fun!Richard lessons are structured to the student's ability which shows he has the correct teaching skills needed to successfully teach as much as he can within the time. Richards's guidance and knowledge of his subject is immediately clear when having lesson with him, he is enthusiastic, patient and passionate for the music he teaches.I am currently in a Band, which Richard has encouraged and mentored us. Enabling us as a group, to improve and promote ourselves, without Richards support and direction we would not be where we are today.I would highly recommend Richard to anyone who is keen and eager to learn and play the guitar. The Best guitar & bass teacher in Peterborough"

Tom Rice

"I started having lessons with Richard when I was 13. I'd already been playing bass for a couple of years, but after my old teacher ran out of things to teach me, a friend recommended that I should go to Richard for help. He managed to give me more and more things to work on to improve my playing, in all sorts of genres. Not only did he give me the chops to work on, the music, as well as the theory behind it all, he also helped me understand what being a musician was all about and what it involved. He has also helped me with my song writing skills that helped get me through GCSE and A level Music- not to mention the grade 8 which meant I could carry on studying music and bass guitar at university.
Without the admiration and inspiration and confidence I got from Richard's lessons', I know that I wouldn't be where I am today."

Peter Hunt (ex student now studying a degree at The Institute Of Contemporary Music in London)


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