have to tell you that you are now officially cooler then Ed
and I were in the car with one of Ed’s songs playing. I say to Olivia how cool
it would be to play like Ed Sheeran and straight away she replies with….’No, I
want to play like Steve. He can make up songs just like
it’s hard to know if she really likes something or not as she can keep quite a
blank face, but inside her head she’s thinking ‘you are
you so much for you persistence and patience.
Thanks for your tuition it is really pushing my musical development along
Finn is loving his lessons. Sounds like he is learning a lot from you. Thanks
Thanks so much for going
over and above the call of duty today to help me with those tunes, very much
appreciated and very helpful and inspiring – looking forward to the challenges
of the new exercises and seeing you again next week...
In awesome news we won the "Waxy's The Voice Karaoke Comp"!! Thank
you so much for all your wonderful advice which was definitely a big help in
going towards our winning performances. Here is a link to one of our songs
& you should be able to see the rest of the clips from this link.
Thanks again & we will see you next Monday.
Pam and Terri
The gig was a massive success. ‘twas better than I ever
imagined it could be for my first solo performance. A massive thank you for
your help and encouragement.
Had you told me when I was a kid that I'd thoroughly enjoy my homework, I would
have suggested you see a doctor.
Thanks for all your help and encouragement, so far. You're a great
See you next week,
girls are loving the classes. We don’t mind how fast or how slow they learn, as
long as they are enjoying the journey!
you so much – you are a great teacher.
Stephen has been the most inspirational singing teacher i have worked with! He
introduced me to a whole new singing technique and gave me the confidence to
sing live. Thank you for helping me to understand music and making me a better
vocalist! I have seen a big improvement in my voice and my knowledge of music
within the last few months.
Louise Emily :)
came to Stephen with a background of a moderate degree of playing classical
guitar. I found Stephen was able to refine and improve my technique to a level
where my playing changed from reproducing notes, to performing songs. All the
subtleties of performing on the guitar are explored and refined, to get the best
out of the instrument and the player. His attention to detail is brilliant, and
every lessons gives me something new to work on. I look forward to seeing how
far I can go with Stephen, and am enjoying the challenges of perfecting my
I have been receiving guitar lessons from Steve Carter for the past few months,
and I can't believe my improvement! Steve's teaching methods are fantastic, and
in particular were instrumental in my preparations for the 2012 Toyota Star
Maker Competition. He has not only helped me improve my guitar skills, but also
my performance techniques, ensuring I was more than ready to take to the stage
in this prestigious competition. After this performance, I had a lot of comments
from industry professionals of how much my guitar and stage presence had
improved, and I have Steve to thank for that - I could not have done it without
his dedication, help and guidance. An extremely knowledgeable, skilled and
devoted teacher that I am so fortunate to have found!
a beginner student learning guitar techniques with Steve. Steve is an excellent
teacher! He has great teaching methods and insight.
Thank you so much for sharing your music with us. I loved
listening to the great sounds and
while away a Sunday afternoon. It is a wonderful memory.
Thanks also for your
patience in giving Nicola and I our first ever singing lessons. It definitely
was a confidence builder.
Ros de Candole
"The program has been
an outstanding success ... the increasing skill and enhanced self-esteem has
been obvious in all students, a number have developed remarkable levels of
have shown their appreciation of the quality of his teaching through comments
to teachers and me ...
Stephen is a talented
teacher as evidenced by the quality of his program ...
I believe his music tuition
would complement the formal programs of any school. I recommend him
confidently and without reservation ..."
Len La Flamme -School Principal
"at all times ... highly
professional ... enjoyable and productive ... able to bring out the
best in most ... and inspire them to succeed ... patient in dealing with children who
experience difficulties ... many have become very
proficient ... for more than ten
years, Mr. Carter has become a highly valued member of staff.
I have great pleasure
in recommending Mr. Steve Carter as a Teacher of high caliber and as a
Peter Collin -School Principal
" ... a person of high
integrity with a very professional attitude ... has been outstanding ... his tuition has produced some
... very personable and
sensitive teacher ... works tactfully and responsibly ... ensuing that what he achieves is
in the best interest of all concerned.
We were most grateful
and appreciative of his advice and guidance as we would not be able to do as
much without it".
A.J. Orriell -School Principal
" ... an enthusiastic
and reliable teacher ... able to encourage
quite a few to reach an advanced stage ... a friendly and
worthwhile member of the music teaching staff".
B.D May –Director
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
Making the Daunting Seem Do-able,
This review is from: Introducing Classical Guitar Book 1 (Learn to Play the Guitar) (Paperback)
Though I've been playing the guitar for almost 15 years, I was
self-taught and, as such, never really developed a firm grasp on the
fundamentals of reading music and applying it to the guitar. Most
instructional books that broached the topic made it seem too daunting
and intimidating. This prevented me from taking on more ambitious
pieces, namely classical arrangements. However, finding "Introducing
Classical Guitar" changed all that.
This easy-to-read, 27 page book
presents both reading music and mastering the fundamentals of classical
guitar in a way that is both easy to understand and fun to learn.
Through concise and familiar descriptions and examples, one not only
learns but understands all those things that may have seemed too
advanced in the past. I opened this book completely intimidated and
overwhelmed by musical notation for the guitar. I closed it feeling
confident enough to take-on the most complex of pieces.
to add to its unique "user-friendly" delivery, the book is replete with
various hints and words of wisdom that make playing classical guitar
seem do-able. For instance, understanding the nature of music, how to
site-read with ease, how to memorize pieces, how to get your fingers
"working," etc. Sitting down with it is a pleasant experience as a
However, an experienced player may find it a bit too basic
or slow for their needs. Needless to say, it does touch upon such things
as familiarizing one with the fretboard, the proper way to manipulate
the instrument, and the basic chords. Though these can, of course, be
skipped-over, I actually found it enriching to understand the general
theory behind what I already knew, as well as practice the suggested
methods of playing, especially since Carter's explanations were void of
pretension and assumption, unlike so many other classical
instructionals. Moreover, don't expect to finish this book and have a
repertoire of impressive pieces. Since the emphasis is on learning the
fundamentals, most of the exercises are quite basic (although his
easy-to-learn version of "Asturias" will cause heads to turn). But to
that end, I think the book would be perfect for the beginning guitarist
I probably spent no more than a week or two with this
book before I found myself moving on to more advanced pieces. Within a
few months I'd say I've gone from being a chord-strummer to a fairly
competent classical guitarist, thanks to Carter's book. It really was
like turning on a light for me.