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Mr Adam Hooton
Andy Date: August 2019
I have been taking lessons from Adam for the last 18 months in an effort to improve my playing. He has been a great help in identifying areas of my skills that need attention in order to improve. Adam is a very patient and friendly teacher and I look forward to my lessons. As a 71 year old student, you are never too old to learn new skills and Adam has fully embraced this. I would thoroughly recommend anyone of any age to take tuition from this gifted guitar player and teacher.
Olivia Date: August 2019
Adam has been teaching my children, aged 8 and 10, to play acoustic and electric guitar for over a year after I found him by chance on a website. We have a weekly schedule and he never fails to be reliable. He has high expectations of the children to be attentive and committed to their learning and therefore Adam gets results. He develops a personal relationship with the children over time so they feel comfortable with him and his professionalism and knowledge commands respect. Adam prides himself on teaching the 'right way' and instilling a discipline in the children. He is friendly but firm. If my children continue to play the guitar into their adult years I can honestly say that it will be part due to the strong foundation Adam has provided for them.
Ben Date: August 2019
When I started lessons with Adam I already had quite a lot of experience playing guitar, both lead and rhythm. I went to him to improve my lead playing and become a more technical player. Within a few weeks he had completely changed my playing. I had grown up on Slash's style of Bluesy hard rock. Adam helped me take that to the next level learning Extreme, Dream Theater, and loads of sweep picking / modal ideas. It transformed my playing from a standard rock player to having some real technical moves. I still use the tapping from the Extreme songs to this day. I love it! I also worked along side him for a while and saw that he was also very capable of teaching beginners of all ages. So I have no doubt that any level, musical background, age, or targets. Adam is the man for the job!
Martin Date: December 2019
Adam taught me guitar for 4 years, from 13-17. We worked through songs that were both challenging and interesting to me. Without Adam I wouldn't have achieved my GCSE or my A-level in music. He helped me to get 92% in the performance component for my A-level. I am massively grateful for all the work he put in and recommend him whether it's for learning, passing your grades or improving your technique. Thanks man!
Malou Date: December 2019
Adam has given my son a headstrong love of playing the guitar. Since starting his one-on-one lessons earlier in the year, my son has quickly gained his grade 1 with a fantastic result of a Distinction. Adam is patient and helps my son's interest by teaching current as well as timeless tunes. Very much recommended.
Loretta Date: January 2020
Whether it's a New Year resolution or just to improve yourself, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Adam Hooton. He takes pride in what he does and his lessons are clear and rewarding. He has wide musical knowledge and his guitar lessons are thoughtful and at the pace of the student, without pressure. My son has had lessons with Adam at school over a few years and he has gone from strength to strength - improving and loving his guitar playing.
Suzanna Date: September 2017
My son started guitar lessons at school and became very disillusioned by his teacher, since changing to Adam a year ago his playing is progressing well and he's really enjoying guitar. Adam is a brilliant teacher, incredibly patient and very enthusiastic. Adam gets the balance right between challenging him with new pieces but not excessively so and a fun mix of music, both classic and contemporary keeps my son interested and willing to practice. I would happily recommend Adam without any hesitation.
John Date: January 2017
I was almost an absolute beginner when I started lessons with Adam and he gave me a great foundation to work on. I'm now at a level I never expected to be. I started using apps like Yousician, but they're just not a substitute for a good teacher. They can teach you what to play but not how it's best to. Adam stopped me from getting into bad playing habits and has taught both the theory and the practical side to me, so I can learn more on my own and be a better player. His comments are constructive and he's very patient, so if you put the practice in you won't be disappointed. Highly recommended!
Phil Date: March 2017
I've played around with guitars for years but never had formal lessons. Adam's taken that and taught me technique, and the improvement I've made in just a few months has been great. It's easy to practice when you can see the difference it's making. Adam keeps the lessons interesting, mixing in new techniques and pieces, and making sure we never get bogged down if something's too difficult. Awesome teacher.
Mark Date: November 2015
I have been taking my daughter Lucy to Adam now for nearly 3 years. In the beginning, as any parent would be, I was cautious and sat in the lessons with Lucy. I can honestly say, I felt very relaxed, confident and 100% trustworthy with Adam. His teaching skills are impeccable, he is relaxed, lets students pick what they would like to play and if it is not appropriate, his vast knowledge will choose a suitable piece to learn. If you are looking for a first class tutor, look no further as you will be looked after extremely well, young or adult. Testimony to this is that Lucy had the choice of going to BRIT school or ACM. Two of the best post 16 A Level colleges in the country. She chose ACM, as the course is more focused on guitar and she felt more comfortable. We will still be going to Adams, as Lucy will be doing her Rokschool grades, which I am confident that Adam will do a great job again. Many thanks Adam, From a very proud father.
Nicholas Date: November 2015
Over the course of 2011-2013, I was taught by Adam. I had owned a guitar for about a year prior to starting lessons, but took no interest in it, nor did I know any of the basics at all. I came to his lessons as a complete amateur and would have to be built from the ground up if I wanted to get anywhere. Adam was very patient with me and understood that I was a bit of a slow learner to the guitar, and kept lessons both enthusiastic and enjoyable. Eventually I found myself learning more things much more rapidly, and he allowed me to broaden my musical taste significantly. I went from somebody who listened to a very small pool of heavy metal bands, to learning and both loving new sounds in jazz, funk, indie, blues, as well as broadening my taste in heavy metal. Adam is an excellent teacher who is able to adapt lessons to your needs and is extremely easy to get along with. he allowed me to build a passion for something I never thought I would do. He makes you feel comfortable and confident in yourself so that you do not become insecure when you make mistakes, and he is a teacher that I would highly recommend anybody to have.
Enilda Date: January 2016
I would highly recommend Adam Hooton to anyone that is looking for a professional guitar teacher. When I was looking for a guitar teacher for my son, I watched a YouTube video on Adam's website and I could see that he was a gifted guitarist and I decided to contact him straight away. Adam is absolutely passionate about guitar. His love for the guitar is evident in his enthusiastic and energetic teaching techniques. He taught my son grade 8 guitar. My son enjoyed every minute of his lessons. I am tremendously grateful for everything he taught my son and I am happy with my son's result in his Rockschool exam. He got a grade 8 distinction.
Steve Date: December 2016
Adam was my guitar teacher while I was at college and I would've happily continued lessons with him if I hadn't gone off to uni, partially his own fault as his lessons helped me get enough grades to top my UCAS points up! It's now been several years since I moved away and the more I've improved the more I've come to realise how skilled he is. Not only is his technical ability staggering, he was also one of the most relaxed teachers I've ever had, yet one of the most effective.
Natasha Date: November 2015
I have been taking lessons with Adam for just over a year now. Prior to beginning I had been self-taught for a number of years and had found myself stuck in a rut with no idea how to progress. During my first lesson, Adam helped identify areas in which I was less advanced than others, and we proceeded to work on those. In just a few weeks, I was seeing progress. A year on, I am a much better player than I had ever thought possible. This is testament to Adam's skill as a teacher, and his enthusiasm for, and dedication to, teaching. Adam is also very easy to get along with and lessons are always a comfortable environment for making mistakes - and then learning from them! Lessons have always been varied and tailored to my needs and interests - a mixture of the RGT acoustic guitar syllabus (I am currently working my way through the Grade 4 book) and contemporary and classic songs from Adam's extensive list of tabs - and I always look forward to them. I have been incredibly happy with my lessons and progress so far and couldn't recommend Adam enough as a teacher.

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