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Thank you for visiting the Glenelg Guitar Studio, based in Glenelg a western suburb of Adelaide South Australia. The studio is owned by Leigh Fopp, a guitar teacher with over 30 years experience. Leigh has students in both modern and classic guitar with ages from 8 to 80 and would like to help you on your journey with the guitar.

Whether it’s a rewarding hobby, a creative outlet or to prepare for a career in music, lessons will be tailored to meet your individual needs. Leigh takes into account your interests and age in setting up a program to ensure that you meet your guitar goals in an easy step by step and fun way.

You learn with regular lessons, using tried and tested teaching methods with practice set to suit your learning pace. All styles of guitar playing are catered for including  Classical, Modern, Electric, Acoustic, Bass, Finger picking and Blues, or you can even have a more structured learning by undertaking graded music theory and practical exams.

The choice is yours; Contact Leigh to discuss how he can help you achieve your learning goals.

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  1. Hi Sarah,

    A short note to thankyou again for the support you gave to George regarding the recent school recital.

    I was thrilled with how well George spoke, and how well the other boys and George performed, particularly as we did not rehearse as a group!

    Thanks again for encouraging him to practice the recital piece Sarah.

    Cheers.

    Leigh

    • Hi Leigh,

      You are a true inspiration for George – he is loving learning the guitar. He doesn’t need any encouraging when it comes to practicing!

      Attached video of recital – hope it works!

      Sarah

  2. Great night tonight Leigh! Thank you for all the work you do with Hayden and Harrison. Well played this evening!👏🏻
    Kind regards,
    Heather

    • Dear Heather,
      Thankyou for your email and positive feedback.
      Haydens playing was the best I have ever seen. Same goes with Harrison and the group he played in-particularly as we never rehearsed as a group!
      Thanks again for your support Heather.
      cheers.
      Leigh

      • Thank you for that feedback Leigh. I will pass it on to the boys.
        Heather

  3. Hi,

    I Just moved in from Belgium for 2 years. I am a treacher and This would be a good time to learn to play the acoustic gitar.

    Maybe i can join other people in groups lessons or is it private ?

    Do i have to buy a gitar of can i hire O e ?

    I can start from the end of march.

    Katrien

    • Hi Katrien,
      Thankyou for your email.
      I teach privately at Glenelg but ran group classes on Sunday mornings with the WEA. To access the WEA timetable click on the link below and then type in ‘Basic Guitar’
      https://www.wea-sa.com.au/content/schedule.pdf
      Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions.
      Cheers.
      Leigh

  4. Hi Leigh,
    Many thanks for a beautifully written reference for Williams upcoming scholarship audition.
    Thank you for the time and effort you put into it.
    See you on Friday at 5pm.
    Cheers,
    Ros.

  5. Hi team,
    I am a complete newbie, do you train from scratch?

    • Hi Enaj,

      Thankyou for your enquiry regarding Guitar lessons.

      Firstly, no problems teaching beginners.

      Secondly, if you wish to take it further step one is to have an introductory lesson which will be half price ($34.00 cash) and is due on that day. However if after having the introductory lesson you wish to continue with lessons then the $34.00 is deducted from the cost of further lessons, resulting in the introductory lesson being free. Any lessons after that are fortnightly for 60 minutes and are paid for in a 6 week block ($204.00 cash/ $216.00 eft), which is 3 lessons.

      Please let me know if you wish to proceed or have any other questions.

      Cheers.

      Leigh

  6. Hi Leigh,

    I’m thinking about taking lessons again this year. I’m wondering what times are available. I work two days a week and have uni on other days but hopefully it can work around this.

    If you could let me know a few times that could be free that will help. Currently I work Mondays and Tuesdays and when uni starts I will be working Mondays and Thursdays.

    Thanks,
    Jenny

  7. Went yesterday had strings replaced at James Music. The bloke was as awesome as you said. Thanks and have a fantastic break. Cameron 😎

    • Hi Cameron,
      Thanks for your email.
      Glad you enjoyed your experience at James Music!
      Cheers.
      Leigh

  8. Hi Leigh,
    98/100!
    Wow! That’s fantastic news! Hayden is ecstatic.
    Thanks for your great guidance and support.
    Cheers,
    Ben

  9. Oh wow. Thank you Leigh for Cormacs’ exam result of 93/100. That is great, Cormac will be very relieved and pleased.

    Thank you for your tutelage and encouragement to Cormac.

    Regards, Brendon and Kelly.

  10. Hi Leigh its jo (an ex student of yours), I’m looking to study jazz at the the Adelaide Conservatorium next year. it was recommended that i take some jazz lessons before then to at least get a basic understanding of what is required.
    Do you offer jazz lessons? and do you have any space available?
    regards
    Jo

    • Thanks for your email, and it was great to hear from you.
      Your request should not be a problem as I have prepared many students for the Jazz courses.
      I will email you some days and times I have available over the weekend, and you can even start next week if you want.
      Thanks again for remembering me Jojo.
      Will be in touch.
      Leigh

  11. Awesome job! Thanks for the video of Harrison playing in lesson today Leigh.

    This made my day!

    Thank you for all of your hard work and support of the boys this year!

    Kind regards,

    Heather

  12. Hi can you please forward to me info re guitar lessons for my daughter who is 11 years of age and is interested in learning the guitar.
    starting from scratch no experience
    Please send me cost etc..
    Thank you
    Anna.

  13. Hi there – my husband has always wanted to learn how to play guitar and instead of just talking about it, I finally wanted to book him some lessons for Father’s Day!
    Do you digit vouchers or can I buy a block of lessons? How much are they?
    Also what type of guitar do you recommend to buy initially for a beginners? Thsnks

  14. Hi, I’m David and my daughter and I would like to learn the guitar together if possible. She is 16, I’m 50. We would both be learning from scratch. Is it possible to do joint lessons and can you give me an idea of the cost. We would like to learn acoustic.
    Thanks

  15. Thanks for your “Thinking Out Loud” post Leigh

    Goes to prove the truthful adage, Leigh:

    “Practice makes perfect” or should that be:

    Practice makes performance possible !!

    Congrats all round.

    What’s he going to be like when he’s 31 ?

    Hugh – the Ancient One.

  16. Hi,

    Kindly advise I have a 4 years old son, and I am not too sure whether it is too early for him to start guitar lessons?

    Best regards,
    Maggie

  17. Hi Leigh,
    Thanks for encouraging Hayden to take the practical exam. Please go ahead and register him for this.
    Kind Regards.
    Ben

  18. Thank you for the video Leigh. I found todays session very good for me.
    Tony

    • My pleasure Tony.
      Always happy to make videos of lesson material for you and email them through to you.
      Leigh

  19. Wow what a fabulous message to receive!

    Cheers,

    Tamara.

    On 9 Jun 2016, at 12:23 PM, Leigh wrote:

    The standard of some of your playing was very high today Hudson.
    Well done!
    Leigh

  20. Hi Leigh. I attended one of your Basic Guitar courses a few years ago. I would like to enquire as to whether you can help me. I play Ukulele and in particular a Baritone Ukulele which is tuned DGBE as in top four strings on Guitar. I want to improve my skills particularly melody finger pick and get away from the usual Ukulele strum, strum, strum. Can you devise a short course, say approx. 6 weeks, instruction for me on the 4 string instrument ? For your info my music reading level is minimal but I have a fairly good ear, I think, for a tune. I am a senior, so my fingers are not as supple as they were !! Perhaps you could make a time for me to come and see you to discuss this. Thank you, Tony

    • Hi Tony,

      Thank you for your email and yes I do remember you.

      Although not an expert on the Ukelele I have helped Guitarists with similar requests regarding the uke.

      I therefore propose a 60 minute introductory lesson at half price ($33.00) to discuss this further.

      I teach Monday to Friday afternoons and evenings.

      Could you please advise some suitable days and times.

      Thanks Tony.

      Leigh

  21. Hi Leigh,

    My name is Zoe and I am looking into lessons for my 10 year old daughter Gypsy. I am not sure if this is a good age to start Guitar lessons? Also how long are the lessons and how much per lesson? If you could email more info that would be great.
    Zoe

    • Hi Zoe,

      Thank you for your email.

      No problems teaching children this age as I have been doing so for many years. I encourage parental involvement so you would be most welcome to sit in on each lesson.

      I hope the following information answers any questions you have.

      1. Introductory lesson for 60 minutes is at half price ($33.00 cash) and due on the day

      2. After the introductory lesson, if you wish to go ahead, lessons are paid upfront in blocks of 3 fortnights

      3. If you continue, a block of 3 x 60 minute lessons is $198.00 and the initial $33.00 is then deducted from this fee (in effect, making the introductory lesson free.)

      4. At the moment I have a few vacancies throughout the week – I teach Mon to Fri afternoons and evenings – and have vacancies most days 5. Lessons are fortnightly for 60 minutes

      Please let me know if you have any questions Zoe or if you wish to book an introductory lesson.

      Thanks Zoe.

      Leigh

  22. Hi Leigh,
    In response to your post:
    1. On a scale of 1-10 how much did you enjoy learning the Guitar in 2015?. 10
    2. What comments did you notice your teacher (probably me) regularly make about your playing? Playing tooo fast.
    3. What 1 area of your playing do you want to improve in 2016? .
    Performing
    4. How many pieces or songs would you like to learn in 2016? 15
    5. Performing is very satisfying for performer and audience, so a good question is “How can I commence performing to my family and friends with (some) confidence or increase the number of performances I give”?
    I’m happy to perform a solo or duet with me for this website
    6. Would undertaking a Guitar exam help me develop as a musician?. I’d like to do an exam at the end of 2016.
    Wishing you and your family a happy new year!
    .
    Cheers,
    An

    • Hi An,
      Thank you for your email. I am very impressed and inspired by your goals and aspirations for 2016. I look forward to working with you to achieve them. Will be in touch soon about making a video of us playing a duet.
      Thanks An.
      Leigh

  23. Thanks for letting me know, will pass on the awesome news to Kyle, thanks for your fantastic teaching.

    Kind regards,

    Kym Alksne
    General Manager

    Hi Kym,

    I have some good news!

    Could you please pass on my congratulations to Kyle on obtaining 96/100. This is an outstanding result for a first exam and I would like to thank you for your behind the scenes support.

    Kyle will receive the exam report sheet initially but there will also be an official certificate in due course.

    Once again, congratulations!

    Leigh

  24. That’s great news Leigh.

    Thank you for all your work and encouragement throughout the year.

    Joseph is very happy with that result.

    Cheers,

    Rachel, David and Joe

    On 21 Nov 2015, at 10:20 am, Leigh Fopp wrote:

    Hi Rachel,

    I have some good news!

    Could you please pass on my congratulations to Joseph on obtaining 93/100. This is an outstanding result and I would like to thank you for your behind the scenes support.

    Joseph will receive the exam report sheet initially but there will also be an official certificate in due course. His results will go in the school newsletter.

    Once again, congratulations!

    Leigh

  25. Woohoo! Thanks so much for teaching him so well. It is quite funny he got 90% as when he got in the car after the exam his guess was that he got 90%!

    Thanks
    Bronwyn for us both

  26. Thanks Leigh!
    I fully expected I’d get around 75 so that result is really pleasing. Wow, I’m really thrilled!
    See you in a couple of weeks.
    Lou.
    On 21 Nov 2015 5:05 pm, “Leigh Fopp” wrote:
    Hi Louise,

    I have some good news!

    Congratulations on obtaining 86/100. This is an outstanding result and I would like to thank you for your hard work.

    You will receive the exam report sheet at your next lesson but there will also be an official certificate in due course.

    Once again, congratulations!

    Leigh

  27. Wow Leigh that’s great news I am sure Jonathon will be very pleased when I tell him the result.
    Thank you for your support!
    Regards
    Connie

    From: Leigh Fopp [mailto:lfopp@bigpond.com]
    Sent: Saturday, 21 November 2015 7:46 AM
    To: ‘Stantons’
    Subject: Guitar exam result

    Hi Connie,

    I have some good news!

    Could you please pass on my congratulations to Jonathon on obtaining 90/100. This is an outstanding result and I would like to thank you for your behind the scenes support.

    Jonathon will receive the exam report sheet initially but there will also be an official certificate in due course. His results will go in the school newsletter.

    Once again, congratulations!

    Leigh

  28. That’s fantastic news. Thanks for all the guidance Leigh! See you on the 2nd.

    Cheers,

    Roisin
    On 21 Nov 2015, at 5:03 pm, Leigh Fopp wrote:

    Hi Roisin,

    I have some good news!

    Congratulations on obtaining 97/100. This is an outstanding result and I would like to thank you for your hard work.

    You will receive the exam report sheet at your next lesson but there will also be an official certificate in due course.

    Once again, congratulations!

    Leigh

  29. Good morning Leigh, Indeed a very pleasing result, but a lot of the applause also goes to you. The result reflects a great teaching methodology and I could not have achieve the pass without your dedicated help.

    Warm regards Phil

    Sent from my iPhone

    On 21 Nov 2015, at 5:04 PM, Leigh Fopp wrote:
    Hi Phil,

    I have some good news!

    Congratulations on obtaining 93/100. This is an outstanding result and I would like to thank you for your hard work.

    You will receive the exam report sheet at your next lesson but there will also be an official certificate in due course.

    Once again, congratulations!

    Leigh

  30. Thanks for getting back to me Leigh.
    I’ll have to take the Tuesday 5pm time please – Karen’s working the other nights and we have another commitment Sunday.
    See you then.

    Phil

    Hi Phil,
    Received your sms.
    Do any of the following suit to catch up Thursdays lesson?
    1pm Sunday 6th Dec
    5pm Tuesday 8th Dec
    6pm Wed 9th Dec
    7pm Fri 11th Dec
    Cheers.
    Leigh
    Sent from my iPad

  31. Hi Leigh,
    That would be fantastic! Thank you so much for getting him in tomorrow! Much appreciated

    Sonia

    Sent from my iPhone

    On 2 Dec 2015, at 7:44 AM, Leigh Fopp wrote:
    Hi Sonia,
    When you get this email could you please indicate if Marcus will be at school tomorrow, as I am able to adjust the commitments I have before school and come in early to teach him at 9am.
    Look forward to hearing from you.
    Thanks Sonia.
    Leigh

  32. Hello Leigh,

    Thank you for giving Kris an opportunity to have a few lessons before that Summer School.

    He could do both date; on Monday at 2pm and Tuesday at 4pm.

    Thank you

    Regards,
    Kasia

    • Confirming both those days and times Kasia.
      Thanks for the support you are giving him.
      Leigh

  33. Hi Leigh,

    Term 1 starts on Monday 1st February and Jack will be at camp for the first week so we can we make his first lesson on Tuesday February 9th? (which will be our normal week)

    Jodie

    • Confirming Feb 9th at 7pm.
      Thanks again for the “Pepperjack Shiraz” Jodie.
      Definitely one of my favourites!
      Leigh

  34. Hi Leigh,
    I’ve picked 2 songs to buy before our next lesson. Could you let me know suitable links for the music?
    “Titanium” by Sia and “Thinking out loud ” by Ed Sheeran.
    Thanks,
    Jenny

  35. Hi Leigh

    Thanks again for a wonderful year teaching Toby Guitar. Just wondering your suggestions on which electric guitar/ range would be suitable for Toby. Planning for his Christmas present and we know how important your helpful advice was last time.

    Thanks and Merry Christmas

    Kind Regards

    Jane

    • Thank you for your email Jane and for the support Peter and yourself give Toby.
      I will be in touch over the next few days with some information on left-handed Guitars.
      Cheers.
      Leigh

  36. Hi Leigh,

    Hope you’re well.

    Here’s a couple of the pink Floyd fingerstyle pieces I mentioned in the lesson – if you have a chance to watch I would love to get an idea of roughly what “grade” I would need to be at to play to this level. I get the feeling it may still be a few lessons away 

    Shine on you Crazy Diamond – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wukNgS4oCYM
    Echoes – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUrBezsQg30

    Cheers,
    Jesse.

    • Hi Jesse,

      Thanks for your email Jesse.
      I will look the songs up and report back to you at your next lesson.
      Cheers.
      Leigh

  37. Hi Leigh,
    Hope that you are going well and enjoying this weather.
    I’ve had a think about the song(s) to play. Jeez – there’s so many to consider and that I want to play. In the end, I thought “what would a good repertoire be?”
    Here’s a list of possible songs that I am thinking of, interested in your thoughts:

    Couple of good steel string acoustic songs:
    * Wish you were here: Pink Floyd. This is one that I have done before, so it’s a good opportunity to polish it up
    * Heart of Gold: Neil Young. Same comment as above
    * Crazy Little thing called love: Queen. Same comment as above, I’ve done this one before. Maybe a good opportunity to learn the solo?

    Some good songs for an electric?
    * Purple Haze: Jimmy Hendrix. I learnt this a couple of years ago but we didn’t do the solo. Potentially bring it out again, with solo?
    * Josie: Steely Dan. I learnt this a couple of years ago but we didn’t do the solo. Potentially bring it out again,
    * Time: Pink Floyd. Haven’t played this before. It has a famous guitar solo that isn’t too fast.
    * Sultans of Swing: Dire Straits. Leigh: too hard?
    * Queen: Tie your Mother Down. has a good and quite strong guitar solo

    Some easy songs for the repertoire
    * Walking on the Moon: The Police
    * When the world is running down, you make the best of what’s still around: The Police.
    Both of these seem to be relatively easy. Slow with a couple of barre type chords from what I can work out.

    As you can see, Leigh. Too much choice is often my problem……

    Cheers,
    Julian

    • Well done on the thought you have put into songs you want to learn Julian!
      I like the idea of revising a previously learnt song as well as learning a new one.
      We can chat about this at your lesson tomorrow.
      Cheers.
      Leigh

  38. Hi Leigh – Congratulations on the results of your students.
    You must be very pleased and happy with this feedback from parents and students.
    Well done to you. It is great having you around Immanuel Primary School, sharing your expertise with our students.
    Your encouragement and teaching is highly valued and respected.

    Kind regards,
    Cath.

    Cathy Travaglione
    R-2 Performing Arts/Strings Coordinator
    Immanuel Primary School

    • Hi Cathy,
      Thans you for your positive comments.
      Much appreciated.
      Leigh

  39. Hi Leigh,
    Xiaoxing was very positive after her lesson and keen to continue. I appreciate the effort you went to make her feel at easy and rebuild her confidence. Your explicit and personalised approach to teaching guitar is very supportive of her learning needs.
    She has asked me to stay during lessons and I really enjoyed listening to her play.
    See you in a fortnight
    Cheers Kerry
    Sent from my iPhone

    Hi Kerry,

    Thanks for your email.
    Children feeling a little anxious in instrumental lessons is quite common. As Xiaoxing will enjoy the lessons more and learn more effectively if she feels relaxed I propose that I (and/or you) mention to her in a casual low-key manner that lessons are not a test or assessment and that I am not there to judge her but help, guide and assist in her musical development.
    Another thing that can be mentioned is that I am looking at hand technique and habits and not if the music is being read. These ideas have worked in the past but as you know Xiaoxing better than I, is that the best way to approach lessons or is there a better way?
    Finally, just a reminder Kerrie you are always welcome to stay in lessons.
    Looking forward to meeting you both tonight.
    Thanks Kerry.
    Leigh

  40. Thanks for the video Leigh. All good! Cheers,
    Dennis.

    • Good to hear Dennis.
      Happy to make a video for you anytime.
      Leigh

  41. Thanks Leigh but credit where it’s due, Tori worked hard and she has a very talented and motivational teacher!
    Thanks again, Sandy

    Hi Sandee,

    I have some good news!

    Could you please pass on my congratulations to Tori on obtaining 92/100. This is an outstanding result and I would like to thank you for your behind the scenes support.

    Tori will receive the exam report sheet initially but there will also be an official certificate in due course.

    Once again, congratulations!

    Leigh

  42. Wahoo! That’s a fantastic result. Jed can’t believe it!

    Thank you Leigh – much of the credit belongs to you.

    Cheers
    Adele

    On 21 Nov 2015, at 07:46, Leigh Fopp wrote:
    Hi Adele,

    I have some good news!

    Could you please pass on my congratulations to Jed on obtaining 96/100. This is an outstanding result and I would like to thank you for your behind the scenes support.

    Jed will receive the exam report sheet initially but there will also be an official certificate in due course. His results will go in the school newsletter.

    Once again, congratulations!

    Leigh

  43. Thank you Leigh for your kind Birthday wishes for Anthony.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful teaching & guidance this year. It has been really appreciated by Lou & myself.

    Anthony is really enjoying his guitar playing this year & we love listening to him.

    Kindest regards,
    Rita & Lou

    • Thanks for your email Rita and for the support you gave given to Anthony.
      I am also very pleased with Anthony’s progress and positive attitude.
      Thanks again Rita.
      Leigh

  44. Hi Leigh,

    Well I ship out next week. Thank you for instilling in me an in depth appreciation for the guitar. I have managed to get some contacts in Perth to follow up and it looks doable re finding an appropriate teacher.

    I am still on target to get to Spain – the land of classical guitar so I will keep you posted re my progress. I plan to return to Adelaide at some point. But, to be sure, I will be highly unlikely I will ever put the guitar down again. It is part of me now.

    Please also forward my thanks to Denny for all this hard work re workshops – with appreciation by me.

    Luke

    • Great to hear from you Luke.
      It was an honour and a privilege to teach you.
      All the best.
      Leigh

  45. Hi Leigh,
    Thanks so much for that great news. It’s made my weekend!
    Thanks very much for your tuition and patience too, I really appreciate it.
    Cheers,
    Julian

    On Sat, 21 Nov 2015 17:05 Leigh Fopp wrote:
    Hi Julian,

    I have some good news!

    Congratulations on obtaining 85/100. This is an outstanding result and I would like to thank you for your hard work.

    You will receive the exam report sheet at your next lesson but there will also be an official certificate in due course.

    Once again, congratulations!

    Leigh

  46. Wow. That is wonderful news. So glad that all his hard work leading up to the exam paid off and thank you so much for once again preparing him so well for his exam and for the wonderful support you always give to your students. You certainly go above and beyond what is expected of a music tutor and we are very grateful for that.
    Regards,
    Ros

    Sent from my iPad

    On 21 Nov 2015, at 7:47 am, Leigh Fopp wrote:
    Hi Ros,

    I have some good news!

    Could you please pass on my congratulations to William on obtaining 97/100. This is an outstanding result and I would like to thank you for your behind the scenes support.

    William will receive the exam report sheet initially but there will also be an official certificate in due course. His results will go in the school newsletter.

    Once again, congratulations!

    Leigh

  47. Hi Leigh,

    Thank you for sending the video of Jed playing “All My Loving’ with the backing cd! It is fantastic.

    It’s great to see how well Jed’s progressing.

    Kind regards,
    Adele

  48. Hi There. I have a 6yr old son that I’m interested in getting guitar lessons for. He has had 2 terms of lessons at school last year but I would like something on a weekend or after school during the week where I can attend to see what he is learning so that I can offer him some support when he practices. Not possible when he’s learning this at school during school hours. Hope you can help.
    Regards Grant

  49. Hi Leigh,

    As I mentioned to you, we are going to Bali for 3 weeks in March and I will miss 1 usual lesson time. Can i catch up the lesson after we get back?I don’t see a problem in 2 lessons close together if necessary…we could do one with classical guitar nylon string and one with steel guitar and chords…what do you think? If none of these times suit, we can look at times before I go away.

    Cheers,

    MEL (PS…really enjoying my playing …the lesson the other day was great…practising heaps!)

  50. Hi Leigh,
    I hope you have enjoyed your holiday break and all is going well for you.

    James is looking forward to returning to lessons. Could you please confirm his start date?

    Also James has managed to break a string on his new guitar and now one on his flying v (2 breaks in 2 days!) – any suggestions where to have them fixed?

    Regards

    Leanne

  51. Hello Leigh,
    I am a potential mature aged student. Twenty years ago I finished book one of William Leavitt’s “A Modern Method for Guitar”, but life got in the way and I have pretty well lost the skills I once had. I am now looking to re-visit Leavitt’s books and feel I need some guidance. Do you teach from them at all?
    Kind regards
    Owen Turner

  52. Thanks for both the videos you sent me Leigh.
    Dennis

  53. Hi Leigh,
    I want to learn a couple of new songs so could you send me links to get music. The first one is “Sweet child of mine” by Guns and Roses, and secondly a song called “He thinks he’ll keep her” by Mary Chapin Carpenter.
    I am also keen to learn “Happy Birthday” plus some Christmas Carols, which, I’m guessing you will have copies of…

    Also, after reading your 6 tips for improving progress I thought it would be good for me to work on my theory knowledge more. Could you advise me if there’s a book to buy.
    Thanks,
    Jenny

  54. Hi Leigh,

    Hope you enjoyed Christmas and new years!

    I’m not sure what I want to do this year but I’m looking at some music courses in Melbourne as a possible option and have some auditions next week.

    I need to do two guitar pieces for these.

    I’m planning on over the rainbow and not sure what other yet..

    I seem to have left my sheet music for over the rainbow and allegro in Mildura and i was wondering if I’m able to get a copy from you of these?

    Kind regards
    Krystal

  55. Hi Leigh

    Just dug up my last theory results which was Grade 3 with the IMEB. It was a C+ with 74 out of 100 marks, the examiner was Mr A. West and it was held on May the 9th.
    I hope that is all the information you need.
    Hope you had a good Christmas and New Year and I will see you in February.

    From Sam

    • Thanks a lot Sam.
      See you in February.
      Hope you enjoy Sydney Summer School.
      Cheers.
      Leigh

  56. Hi Leigh,

    Hope this email finds you and family happy, well and somewhat cool!

    I have spoken to Morris from James Music and hope to head down there tomorrow to look at his recommended Yamaha CG171S . I can only try it out, although all the reviews look good. I don’t really like things brand new and especially have an aversion to glitzy gold brackets and white plastic pearl pegs. (Prefer good old brass, bakelite and chrome). However if the sound and feel is fab I shall just have to wear it.

    Any feedback from you most welcome and thanks for the recommendation. Look forward to visiting James Music tomorrow.

    Kind regards,

    Christina

    • Hi Christina,
      Hope this finds you well.
      I am not particularly knowledgeable on this particular model but I can recommend Yamaha Guitars as performance-worthy instruments.
      I strongly suspect you will enjoy dealing with James Music as they are pretty honest.
      Feel free to keep in touch.
      Cheers.
      Leigh

  57. Thanks so much Leigh for your wonderful news !!!! Daniel is so excited with that result he worked hard when pushed a little !!! Thankyou for your on going support and teaching . Daniel already playing us bits of Sweet home Alabama since yesterday !!! I think he’s really enjoying his new found confidence !!! Cheers Leigh have a lovely weekend chat soon .. Jane Warren Demi & Daniel

    • Hi Jane,
      94/100 is an outstanding result and I would like to thank you for your behind the scenes support.
      Daniel will receive the exam report sheet initially but there will also be an official certificate in due course. His results will go in the school newsletter.
      Once again, congratulations!
      Leigh

  58. Hi Leigh,
    Wow – that’s a very pleasant surprise! Thanks so much for the news but also for your dedicated coaching and tuition – I definitely couldn’t have done it without you!
    Julian

    • Congratulations again on obtaining 89/100 Julian. This is an outstanding result and I would like to thank you for your hard work.

      You will receive the exam report sheet at your next lesson but there will also be an official certificate in due course.

      Once again, congratulations!

      Leigh

  59. Wow! That’s outstanding! Thanks for passing that on and thanks for giving her your support – she wouldn’t be able to do that without a good teacher!

    Thanks and have a great weekend!

    Regards,
    Lou

    • Congratulations again to Sophie on her Distinction. She is a very talented and committed student.
      Thank you for your behind the scenes support Lou.
      Leigh

  60. Wow! Leigh. That’s fantastic.

    All credit to you. There is no way Jed would have practised as religiously as he has if it weren’t that he really enjoyed his lessons and playing.

    Thank you. This will definitely surprise him (as it has us) and will be good encouragement to keep up this high standard.

    Kind regards,
    Adele

    • 94/100 is an outstanding result particularly for a first exam and I would like to thank you for your behind the scenes support Adele.

      Jed will receive the exam report sheet initially but there will also be an official certificate in due course. His results will go in the school newsletter.

      Once again, congratulations!

      Leigh

  61. Hi! Leigh, the attachment are the results of the practical examinations conducted
    Saturday 1st November 2014. Congratulations on the great results. The certificates will be forwarded from Sydney as soon as the the examination program is complete, they send all the certificates at the same time. Regards Alan West

    • Thanks Alan.
      It was a very successful day. The lowest grade was 80/100 and the highest 98/100!
      Thanks for putting me on to the IMEB Alan-they are a very professional examining body

  62. Love the photo attached…
    Dave

  63. Dear Leigh,

    Thank you for your response to my classical guitar query and kind New Year wishes.

    I shall seek out James Music on your recommendation and look forward to this exploration taking into consideration all the points you have mentioned.

    See you on Sunday 18th of January at 10am.

    Happy New Year to you and yours,

    Christina

  64. Hi Leigh,

    Just read your new post re above. Hope you Kathy and family had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I liked the photo of the 3 Amigos with the Santa Hats! Just to prove I do look at your posts I had a bit of a chuckle at the typo error ” 12 steps to accelerate your guitar progress in 2105″ I will be 153 then and I think you and I along with Eric Clapton will be strumming away playing “Tears in Heaven” then. Hope you don’t mind my sense of humour?

    Cheers,
    Colin

  65. Hi Leigh,
    Hope you and family had a great Christmas…
    I am in the market for a new or good second-hand classical guitar and would value your advice on the make that would best serve my purposes for continued learning and singing accompaniment. As you know I have my old Cimar and would like something more inspiring.
    Any thoughts in your own time most welcome,
    Best regards,
    Christina.

    • Hi Christina,

      Thankyou for your email and Christmas greetings, and my best wishes for the upcoming year to you.

      I hope the following helps;

      1. A good quality 2nd hand classical guitar can take a while to find so be prepared to be patient. There is a lot of rubbish around which can be tempting because it is cheap but it really is best to stay away from.

      2. For many years students of mine have obtained what you are after from James Music 164 Sturt St City ph 82122806 (ring for opening hours). They know me well (so mention my name) and from time to time have good quality 2nd hand classical guitars. I have been going there myself for over 20 years as have my students, and they are very trustworthy Christina.

      3. To get the best tone make sure it has a “solid top”

      4. Consider whether you want it to plug in to an amplifier. This can be done by James Music or may already come installed.

      5. As a general rule, Yamaha Guitars are very good value for money.

      Please let me know if I can be of further assistance.

      Finally, thankyou for taking lessons from me this year and congratulations on your achievements in such a short time. You are to be commended Christina on your engaging and enthusiastic approach to your lessons.

      See you in the New Year.

      Cheers.

      Leigh

  66. Hi Leigh,
    Wow…are you sure that is not a typo? 🙂
    Good work to both of us and thanks for letting me know. I thought that I did enough to pass but that score is a surprise. 🙂
    Luke

  67. Hi Luke,

    I have some good news!

    Congratulations on obtaining 94/100. This is an outstanding result for Grade 2 (particularly as you skipped two levels) and I would like to thank you for your hard work.

    You will receive the exam report sheet at your next lesson but there will also be an official certificate in due course.

    Once again, congratulations!

    Leigh

  68. Thanks Adam.
    Leigh

  69. Congratulations on those exam results Leigh – the students and parents will be deservedly proud.
    Cheers Adam

    Adam Hooper
    Director of Instrumental & Vocal Studies

  70. Thanks a lot Leigh..much appreciated
    Mel

  71. Hi Mel,
    Merry Christmas to you.
    I have made a video of the piece you were after. I hope it helps. Please let me know if you require any other videos.
    Finally, thank you for taking lessons from me this year and congratulations on your achievements-some recent highlights were All My Loving from memory and a very competent performance of Lion King!
    I really appreciated your enthusiastic and engaging involvement in the WEA courses throughout the year.
    Keep up the good work Mel.
    Kind Regards.
    Leigh

  72. Hi Leigh,

    I would love to start straight away. If I could possibly book a time in on the Sunday 18th of January when best suits you and when you do go back to weekday lessons change to then.

    Kind regards
    Brock

  73. Hi Ian,
    As good as this exercise is I advise against doing it at the moment.
    Instead, I encourage you to limit your bar-chords to 1 (2 at the most) per song. Eventually you will be able to tackle more bar-chords per song, including that fantastic exercise.
    Let me know how you go.
    Cheers.
    Leigh

  74. Hi Leigh,

    Thanks for copy of song, I’ve just printed it off. Thanks for your comments about my playing also.

    Have a great Christmas and New Year.

    Cheers,
    Jenny

    • My pleasure Jenny.
      Will be in touch with a Fleetwood Mac song for you as requested.
      Merry Christmas Jenny.
      Cheers.
      Leigh

  75. G’day Leigh,
    I managed to be replaced – after some explanations – from my previous church Sundays’ 9.00 a.m. church duties, which I had volunteered for, before the latest W.E.A. Course Guide was published & distributed.
    Then the next day, I went to W.E.A. and enrolled for your forthcoming “Basic Guitar – No Frets…”
    So, I am counting the days to Sunday, the 1st. of February, 2015 @ 9.00 a.m. for your 1st. Tutorial, Maestro!
    Once again: A Very Happy Christmas to you & yours & a Happy & Prosperous & Healthy & Safe 2015.
    The ol’ bloke,
    Hugh.

    • That’s great to hear Hugh.
      Merry Christmas mate.
      See you on Feb 1st.
      Leigh

  76. Hi Ros,
    I have just got home from teaching William to find the exam results have arrived.
    Could you please pass on my congratulations to William on obtaining 95/100. This is an outstanding result and I would like to thank you for your behind the scenes support.
    William will receive the exam report sheet initially but there will also be an official certificate in due course. His results will go in the school newsletter.
    Once again, congratulations!
    Leigh

  77. I would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Xmas and all the best for the New Year 2015 Cheers PGreen

    • Great to hear from you Peter.
      Merry Christmas to you.
      Leigh

  78. Greetings Leigh,
    Thanks for the .mov file. I’ve attached a copy of the chord progression that we discussed on Wednesday. Please advise me if I should have a crack at this. I’m looking forward to the 2015 barre chord challenge (I think).
    Cheers
    Ian

  79. Thanks Leigh
    Will certainly try and keep the metronome busy !! 
    Jay says thanks for the music and Duane looks forward to his whenever it comes.
    We have certainly appreciated your tuition this year and look forward to seeing you in the new year!
    Best Regards
    Sandra Hack

    • Hi Sandra,
      Thanks for your email.
      Firstly, could you please ask Jay to print this song as discussed at his last lesson.
      Lastly, thank you for allowing me to teach Jay and Duane this year, and to Brent and yourself for the support you have given both boys-I really appreciate it. They are both to be congratulated on their achievements this year.
      Cheers.
      Leigh

  80. Seasons Greeting to you and your family. China is fab!

    • Hi David,
      Thankyou for your email and Christmas greetings to you.
      My son is definitely enjoying China.
      Finally, thank you for taking lessons from me this year at the WEA and congratulations on your achievements David.
      Leigh

  81. Merry Christmas Leigh, and thank you for all your patient teaching this year. Elizabeth.

    • Hi Elizabeth,
      Thank you for your email and Merry Christmas to you
      Thank you also for taking lessons from me this year Elizabeth and congratulations on your achievements. I particularly enjoyed the 2 jigs you played at your last lesson as well as your consistent approach to taking risks with your playing.
      Leigh

  82. Hi Leigh,

    WOW…this is great news, we have just showed Jack this email and he was pretty chuffed! We are very proud of him and thankyou for being a good teacher.

    He played ‘Lanterns’ at his school concert the other night and also did it really well.

    Thanks again and we’ll see you next week.

    Jodie

    • Hi Jodie and Shane,
      98/100 is an outstanding result for two reasons. Firstly as it is Jack’s first exam and secondly his score was the highest on the day!
      I would also particularly like to thank you both for your behind the scenes support.
      Jack will receive the exam report sheet initially but there will also be an official certificate in due course.
      Once again, congratulations!
      Leigh

  83. Dear Leigh,

    Thank you for your courtesy & understanding.

    As the Frank Sinatra song goes: “It was just one of those things!”

    I also wish you + your Family, Rellies + Friends a Most Happy Christmas & a 2015 full of all the Good that you could wish for yourselves.

    84 towards the end of January….if I live that long….every morning is a bonus!

    I hope + pray that your students realize what a gem-of-a Guitar Instructor they have in you: otherwise beat them over the head with an A Major (is there such a thing? hahaha)

    I was “Santa” in 1986 in one of the superstores & when I got a “break,” which wasn’t often – all the children want Santa! – I came down from my throne in my “Lollies’ Castle” and always approached a “couple,” and I asked the man if I could have a dance with the Lady – the pipe music was great! – whom they were with….and was never refused! and never once was I reprimanded by the store’s management.

    Plain clothes’ detectives must have passed this info. onto their colleagues, because one day, 2 burly policemen in full uniform said: “Santa, we would like to sit on your knees & have a photo taken. Okay?”
    I was so amazed that I quickly nodded & said “Sure!”

    Then, as we were readying for the snapshot “the penny dropped,” and I said: “This is a dare, isn’t it? You guys have a notice on the bulletin board something to this wording:
    ‘We are hoping to have a snapshot taken
    on Santa’s knees, however it probably
    won’t be allowed.
    Any takers? $20.00 a signature.’ ”

    Like a bloody fool, I forgot to have a copy for myself.
    O, how those 2 coppers must have collected their ca$h! And I didn’t even get my 10%!

    So, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” & ENJOY!

    Santa Claus 1986.
    Hugh.

  84. Dear Leigh,

    I was so looking forward to participating in your forthcoming “Basic Guitar” tutorials.

    However, I had previously volunteered for several church duties on Sundays @ Saint Francis Xavier cathedral near Vic. Sq., so I shall have to enlist for Colin Falconer’s tutorials instead, which I am sure shall be excellent, but, O, how I was looking forward to the fact that I would have been attending your courses.

    My Italian is inadequate, but I’m sure you’ll know the original Italian for the English of: “What will be, will be!”

    Slay ’em, Maestro, and I shall be with you all in spirit – preferably a “double Scotch!”

    “What will be, will be!”

    The Ancient One,
    Hugh W.

    • Dear Hugh,
      A belated-but none the less sincere-thankyou for your email.
      I’m really glad you keep in touch and always look forward to your emails!
      Hope fully one day we will be able to work together again.
      Merry Christmas Hugh.
      Leigh

  85. Hi Leigh,

    As we were discussing the other day, I have started working on Spanish Study…(I’ll have a go at Greensleeves at a later date)..and it’s going ok…beautiful, lilting melody…I love it..but I’m wondering if there is any way you could do a video of you playing it and send it to me, especially to get a better feel for the different volume changes and so that I’ve got a template to work on and refer to….I find your videos so useful. Otherwise, maybe we can do it next lesson…I think i will bring my nylon string next time or maybe both that and the steel string.

    Finally, Leigh, thanks for your guidance and patience this year…I know it is your job but you not only have great knowledge but also a warm, welcoming teaching style and manner that make me feel relaxed and valued and I appreciate that and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed going on this musical journey with you this year…I think I will go for a qualification next year just for the heck of it and so I have some goal to work towards…we’ll talk about that soon….and to you and your family, all the best for a relaxing, enjoyable Christmas/New Year season.

    Regards,

    MEL

    • I will definitely make a video of Spanish Study and send it to you in the next day or two Mel.
      Thankyou for your positive comments, for taking lessons from me and congratulations on your achievements.
      Cheers.
      Leigh

  86. Hi I am interested in learning electric guitar. Just enquiring about prices and program’s. Thanks

    Kate

  87. Hi Mr Fopp I’m on

  88. Hi looking for a brush up on guitar and development of song writing skills enquiry about lessons prices etc

  89. My son is very interested in learning guitar. He has some experience in piano. He is ten yrs old. Can you please send me details of your program and pricing please. Thank you Anna.

  90. Dear Leigh,
    I’ve written this recommendation of your work to share on your website and with LinkedIn users.

    Details of the Recommendation: “Leigh is an Outstanding Musician and Guitar Teacher, and he works hard with his students in achieving fantastic Results.. I would have know hesitation recommending Leigh to any student, wishing to take up the Guitar..”
    Service Category: Guitar Teacher
    Year first hired: 2008 (hired more than once)
    Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity
    ________________________________________

  91. Hi Leigh,
    Back from TQEH after being admitted last Sunday.
    Will email more when feeling better.
    Cheers,
    Hugh
    P.S. Thanks for your king concern & email.

    • My pleasure Hugh.
      Look after yourself.
      Please keep in touch.
      Leigh

  92. Hi Leigh,
    Great expectations have been realized which has enriched humanity and even civilization. Music that great soother of the soul and spirit going back to the dawn of humanity. Thanks Leigh for birthing a new crop of musos. Allegra pui Troppo. Avanti Hurra for Music.
    Dario, budding guitarist and disciple of the Master

  93. Hi Leigh,
    I played to some friends after a dinner party on Saturday night for the first time ever …
    It went over pretty well and my wife Judy even enjoyed it too.
    Thanks a lot for your encouragement Leigh…
    Steve.

  94. Testimonial by Dr Phil Saj
    I commenced guitar lessons with Leigh in 2005, having made a general enquiry through the Australian Music Teachers Association. As it turned out, Leigh was also teaching at the School my son, Luca, was attending at the time, Immanuel Primary. So, together, Luca and I began, what has turned out to be a wonderful journey through guitar studies with Leigh. (Luca’s interest is in rock, while mine is in classical music.)
    Leigh is a highly effective guitar teacher. He holds high standards, but appreciates the challenges of those new to the guitar, often recalling his own experiences in mastering the instrument, and also providing examples from his continuing daily practice routines. Above all, Leigh’s love of music, sense of humour, and desire to see his students progress makes learning from him a relaxed and enjoyable experience.
    Under Leigh’s tuition, both Luca and I have successfully undertaken practical and theoretical studies through the Australian Guild of Music. Luca has done particularly well, attaining Distinctions or High Distinctions in every exam. In preparing us for the exams, Leigh leaves “no stone unturned”. As such, I have adapted a few of Leigh’s teaching strategies in the accounting courses that I deliver at university.
    For anyone considering the guitar, I have no doubt you can flourish with Leigh Fopp as your teacher.

  95. Hi Nanon,
    Thankyou for your comment and congratulations on your achievements over the last three years. I am proud to be the teacher of such a persistence and keen to learn student. One example is your theory exam in which you obtained 100% and another is your willingness to do the the next level theory exam later this year!
    I also like your attitude in that despite turning 80 this year you have such a high level of commitment!
    Well done Nanon.

  96. Leigh
    It is now a little over three years since we first met with you and began a very interesting journey together.
    Those years have been educational and have seen us cover quite a lot of territory, (with some of it being covered more than once, each time a little more slowly than before).
    The time has been very rewarding in the musical sense and we thank you for that but we both feel that we have learned and gained a lot in other ways as well.
    We have come to look upon you as a friend as well as a top class music teacher.
    More importantly, we have found you to be a most understanding and compassionate person, a man in whom we both feel we can place our full trust.
    Thanks Leigh for being the person you are, for your positive outlook and your understanding of the needs of others.
    We are looking forward to the rest of the journey

    Regards and a very Happy Christmas

    Nanon and Don

  97. Testimonial to Leigh Fopp

    I commenced Guitar lessons with Leigh in October 2006
    I’m getting a later start in life with my guitar (I’m in my late 60’s) with no legitimate playing experience. Fortunately I met Leigh at an introductory class through the WEA, and since commencing lessons with Leigh I’m having a great time learning to play the guitar. Initially I started learning chords and strumming but have recently added Classical Guitar to my playing. I am surely slower than most, with minimal rhythm and less than flexible digits, but Leigh always supports my efforts with unlimited patience, understanding, and enthusiasm. If only I could have begun these lessons with Leigh when I was a youngster, no doubt you would be listening to several of my CD’s nowadays. In addition to Guitar playing I also do music theory in lesson with Leigh and have voluntary sat two theory of music exams obtaining 100% on each occasion. I would recommend Leigh Fopp to any level of talent that wants to improve, and Leigh will show you the way. He is very accomplished at all the styles of guitar and has a wealth of knowledge of written music and instruction. Regardless of your skill level or musical taste, Leigh can provide you with quality, customized instruction. Not only is Leigh a great instructor, he is a decent, great guy.

    Lenore Roder

    • Hi Lenore, Glad to see that you have had the same experiences as me.

      You said….”I am surely slower than most, with minimal rhythm and less than flexible digits.”
      Sorry that can’t be right, I am the slowest learner he’s got, but I’m sure he enjoys the challenge 🙂

    • Thank you for your vote of confidence Lenore. You should be very proud of your results and progress. I am very pleased with your persistence and commitment. Well done and keep up the good work! …Leigh

  98. Sounds great !
    Thanks,

    Steve Kinnear


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