Hello, I’m offering guitar lessons in-person, in my Catford teaching studio (less than 10 mins walk from Catford station) or in your own home in South East London or on Zoom. Lessons for children, teenagers & adults of all ages (please scroll down for kids’ lessons info).
Beginners, intermediate, advanced & professional students all welcome. Tuition is offered Monday to Thursday, daytimes & evenings & on Sunday morning, in rock, pop, jazz, indie, blues, metal, funk, flatpicking, fingerpicking, classical & many other styles. Lessons usually happen on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Learn on electric, acoustic or classical guitars. Follow your own custom-made course or Rockschool, Trinity & RGT grades 1-8 can be covered. Right & left handers welcome. I’ve a clear & current DBS check for you to view. Please scroll down for kids’ lessons info.
Areas covered for home visits include Bellingham, Brockley, Catford, Crofton Park, Forest Hill, Hither Green, Honor Oak, Ladywell, Lewisham & Lower Sydenham & these postcodes; SE4, SE6, SE13, SE23 & SE26. Do get in touch to see if your area’s covered.
For all ages, levels, styles and guitars. Lessons have a relaxed but focused approach giving you the confidence to progress steadily with materials tailor-made to your own tastes. All lessons are followed up with materials in Google Drive & an email or voicemail providing the lesson summary & practice recommendations.
Beginners the earliest stages of the guitar can be challenging, so clear information & inspiring lessons will help you through. Many of the study areas below are covered at a beginner’s level. Lessons are very useful at this stage to help you get the basics of good technique down. If you can commit to around 30 mins daily practice you’ll be really chuffed with your progress.
For intermediate, advanced & professional students according to your tastes, chose from over 200 songs/pieces that I’ve transcribed. When these are songs they’re complete with strumming or fingerpicking rather than just chords & lyrics. Progress using personally written materials on improvising, song-writing, scales & harmony, lead & rhythm guitar & great ways of applying theory. Study areas include:
- all the lovely detail on strumming, fingerpicking & flatpicking
- help with preparation for open mics, blues & jazz jams & auditions, giving you the essential experience of performing live
- specialised help on accompanying yourself while singing
- work on rhythms with notation & counting to develop rhythmic confidence & to aid communication with other musicians
- connecting what you’re actually hearing & imagining to your writing & improvising
- chord theory, allowing you to play, understand & memorise a large range of chords & songs
- using scale & chord theory to open up your soloing &/or melodic writing
- how to transpose songs into keys which suit your or your singer’s voice
- learning to improvise simultaneous rhythm & lead playing without the crutch of backing tracks (think Hendrix & John Scofield live in trios)
- getting the most from your equipment & effects
- suggestions to help you connect & collaborate with other musicians & singers
- You may have a friend you want to study with? Learning with fellow students allows you to get into playing live with other people & can be a great motivating factor. It can also help to spread the cost.
Please call 07962 401 017 for further details or use the contact form here.
Individual, pairs or small group lessons from age 6 upwards. The lessons are focused & fun & will stimulate your child’s natural musicality. Kids experience a real sense of achievement & heightened confidence through learning guitar. I’ve a clear, current DBS check for you to view.
Children can take grade exams from 1 to 8, all exam boards & styles covered. Or they can study with custom-designed materials without the exam framework being present. With over 10 years experience of teaching children I’ve transcribed much child-centred music. Think Harry Potter, The Simpsons & many more. Learning guitar will also more generally improve your children’s concentration levels, patience & physical dexterity. Some kids even start teaching their siblings & charging them!
After years of dabbling in guitar, picking up bits & pieces randomly, I decided to get some lessons to make sense of it all. The fog started to lift from the first lesson with Nico thanks to his ability to convey his in-depth knowledge of both theory & playing in a practical & easy to understand manner. His calm & relaxed demeanour immediately puts you at ease which facilitates the learning process immensely & along with his warm encouragement gives you the confidence to stretch yourself beyond what you thought you could do. Nico draws the best out of you in such a casual way that it often takes you by surprise, but one thing is for sure – every lesson is thoroughly enjoyable. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
Dion Pidgeon, Herne Hill.
Nico is an extremely patient teacher! His teaching method is clear & he is always willing to go through the lessons until they are completely understood. Being an adult learner, this is invaluable. He also has an holistic approach to teaching guitar informing not just on theory & playing the instrument but on good posture as well. I have no hesitation in recommending Nico as a great guitar teacher.
Bec Stewart, Clapham
We are delighted to have found Nico to teach our daughter, who was six when she started lessons 18 months ago. It’s great that he comes to our home, making it easy for us to fit our lives around the lessons. Nico keeps her interest and enthusiasm going by varying the focus & the home-‘play’ exercises every week, and by responding to her interests & tastes. He has been teaching her how to sight read conventional notation and other kinds of guitar-specific notations, but manages to do this in a way that the learning is never too dry. She has made really good progress & enjoys playing, and looks forward to her lessons. We would thoroughly recommend Nico to anyone seeking guitar lessons for their child.
Simon and Bipasha, Clapham
Nico is a very passionate teacher and musician! His influences vary from jazz, to rock to classical so he can teach just about any style. I especially enjoy learning jazz from Nico, as he makes the concepts and theory easy to understand & the lesson always ends up in a little jam session! If you need first-class guitar lessons from a first-class teacher then look no further.
George Karpasitis, Euston.
Nico has been teaching my 10 year old daughter for 2 years. He’s an excellent teacher, who has a real enthusiasm for his subject. My daughter has made good progress & her confidence has steadily grown. I attribute this to Nico’s calm, patient and supportive manner. He has an informal, relaxed approach to teaching guitar but at the same time remains completely professional. Nico is creative & varies the lessons to keep her focused & on task. He encourages practice between lessons by regularly setting a selection of ‘homeplay’ tasks, geared towards her musical interests. Nico is an accomplished guitarist but at the same time has a genuine interest in teaching. He is always punctual & completely reliable. I have no hesitation in recommending Nico as a guitar teacher for all ages.
Janet Watkins, Battersea
Nico has been teaching my 9 year old son Jacob guitar. This has been a perfect start for Jacob. Nico is patient, thoughtful and creative in his approach to teaching. He has also made it a really fun experience. Jacob really looks forward to his guitar lessons and has been making great progress. I would confidently recommend Nico as a guitar teacher and we feel very pleased to have found him.
S. Roberts, East Dulwich
I’ve over 18 years experience as a guitar teacher & a professional musician.
Listen here https://www.soundcloud.com/nico-tomkins
Watch here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6NmNfqh5L3o
Amongst others I’ve worked with Parsley Sound, Eska (Mercury prize nominee ’15) Marcela Puppini (The Puppini Sisters) & the session musicians Dan Lipman (ex Bjork) Nick Ramm (ex-Cinematic Orchestra, Norman Distance) Tom Herbert (Beck, The Invisible) Oroh Angiama & Jonathan Shorten (songwriter with Joss Stone). I’m currently writing & recording an album of my own compositions & also studying keyboards & production.
Qualifications I’ve grade 8 in Plectrum Guitar (Trinity-Guildhall), an A grade in ‘Advanced Jazz Guitar Improvisation’ (Berklee College of Music Online), Music A Level, & I’ve a first class honours degree in English Literature from the University of Glasgow.
In-person at my Catford teaching studio in London SE6 (Monday to Thurs & Sunday)
- £25 per 30 mins
- £30 per 45 mins
- £35 per hour
For lessons in your own home please add an extra £5 to £12, depending on your location, to cover my travel time
1-1 Zoom or Skype Lessons (Monday to Friday & Sunday)
- £24 per 30 minutes
- £29 per 45 minutes
- £34 per hour
Please give at least 24 hours notice, then no fee will be charged. If this is not received then you will need to please pay the full lesson’s charge