In association with
Mr Mark Leathwood
Graham Date: May 2015
I have been trying to learn to play the guitar for more than 2 years and have got nowhere. I had my first lesson with Mark last week and all of a sudden, everything makes sense!  The difference between Mark and everyone else was simple - Mark introduced rhythm to the chords, and all of a sudden everything became clear.  Mark has a fantastic ability to put people at ease as soon as you meet him and the atmosphere in the music room was calm, friendly and extremely conducive to learning. It's obviously very early days yet, but I finally believe that I am going to learn to play the guitar. Since my first lesson Mark has emailed lots of training materials to me, which just reinforces Marks' commitment to his students. I am looking forward to the rest of my lessons with great anticipation and am excited by the fact that finally I am going to be able to play the guitar.
Alison Date: May 2015
Several years ago friends recommended Mark and I, in turn, would have no hesitation in recommending him too ! Mark takes each child's musical tastes into account and tailors his lessons accordingly meaning that he retains their interest and enthusiasm. He is always friendly and approachable, supportive of the children (and their parents!) and willing to go the extra mile to find that piece of music that they want to learn. Until my son started guitar lessons he struggled to find an interest which held his attention - he started learning with Mark 6 years ago and has passed his grade 8 this summer !
Jude Date: May 2015
Mark was initially recommended to us about 6 years ago. Our son had just been given his first guitar and wanted to learn to play so he could perform to thousands and be admired by more !!   Little did he know it was going to take time.   As eager as he was we felt this would be short lived like many other interests he'd had before.  Mark has worked with him each week teaching and inspiring him to learn many different types of music, building techniques which have seen him through to passing each grade with distinction.   Mark's calm & relaxed attitude to teaching has helped our son become the confident musician he is today. Still eager to continue learning and yet to play to thousands our son remains enthused in developing his guitar playing and Mark has a fine skill in keeping the lessons interesting with his endless knowledge. We would all highly recommend him.   From a budding rockstar's mum!!
Heather Date: May 2015
Since starting guitar lessons with Mark, my 8 year old's confidence has come on in leaps and bounds.  He had no prior musical knowledge, but under Mark's patient and calm guidance, he is now reading music and playing confidently.  My son really looks forward to his lessons and I am delighted with how quickly he is progressing.  Being able to sit in on the lessons ensures that I know what is expected and what needs to be practiced and focused on at home.  The music room itself has a very relaxed, homely atmosphere that puts children at ease and opens up their minds for learning
David Date: May 2015
As a man in his 50's I am not as fast a learner as I used to be. Mark is patient and kind and has helped me to progress much more quickly than I had expected. He really is a true master of the guitar and can impart his knowledge in a variety of ways so that if I don't understand something in one way, he always finds a different way to explain or show me. Mark is positive and encouraging and I always come away from my lessons feeling enthusiastic and energised. He makes learning the guitar fun. I really look forward to my guitar lessons.
Rob Date: May 2015
Mark is fantastic at putting you at ease and is easy to get along with. I'm 48 and have just started to learn to play, Mark has made it a pleasure. Also has a massive repertoire to call on to keep it interesting. Recommended five stars.
James Date: May 2015
I have been having lessons with Mark for 2 years now and thoroughly enjoy his relaxed but informative approach. I have learned far more than I thought I would, Mark uses a lot of different teaching aids to make things appear a lot clearer than at first.  As well as learning curricular material he also encourages learning of modern songs that incorporate new techniques making learning enjoyable. I look forward to my lesson and would highly recommend Avondale Guitar Tuition if you're considering having lessons. 
Steve Date: May 2015
I have been a student for several months now and find that the tuition is of an excellent standard. Mark is both very knowledgeable and paces the learning very well. The teaching environment is both comfortable and practical and I would have no hesitation in recommending Mark to anyone seeking quality guitar tuition.
Malcolm Date: May 2015
I can strongly recommend Mark for anyone wanting to learn guitar from scratch or wanting to improve their skills. Firstly, he is a great guitarist and just as importantly, he is a first class teacher. I am a person of more "mature" years and he has tailored his approach to what I wanted to learn so that I could move away from strumming a few chords as a bedroom guitarist to being able to play rhythm guitar in what is turning out to be quite a reasonable band - great fun! As a person, he is approachable, patient, flexible and dedicated to guitar music. I'm sure that anyone signing up for lessons won't regret doing so.
Natalie Date: May 2015
When I started having lessons a few years ago I knew very little about playing the guitar. Mark has helped me to progress at my own speed, with no pressure to play any songs I don't like. My standard of playing has now improved dramatically with help from Mark. He has a lovely calm and patient manner and my weekly lessons provide a great escape from day to day life, as it's all about the love of music. I would recommend Mark as a teacher to anyone.

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