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Lessons are taught in a low-stress format, meeting once a week for a half-hour or full-hour lesson, and follow a program developed by the Guitar Cities instructors based on their experiences as tutors and their careers as touring and recording professionals. Beginners are more than welcome! Lessons are catered to the individual needs and goals of every individual student. Students also have the opportunity to apply their instruction by writing and recording their own songs on professional studio equipment, if that is a student's goal!

Convenient Location

Guitar Cities - London is located on the 23 Austin Friars, London EC2N 2QP. Perfect for those working in the City, lessons are a short walk from most businesses.

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Professional Instructors

Joe Shimmin
Joe Shimmin studied at the London Centre of Contemporary Music, where he gained a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance and Production. He has played in a variety of projects, such as Musical Theatre, televised charity events and studio sessions. He currently performs jazz and world music and leads his own Jazz Quartet, playing at bespoke events across London. His friendly, relaxed, yet methodical teaching style has benefited countless musicians from all ages, styles and abilities.
Neil Livingstone
Neil has a Bachelors Degree in Music Performance with Instrumental Teaching from the University of Chichester as well as a Masters Degree as 'The Teaching Musician' from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. With over 18 years musical experience, 15 of which as a guitarist and bassist he has played in a wide variety of musical settings including Big Bands, Blues Bands, Session Work and as a Solo Performer. He currently plays as part of a Jazz Trio as well as working with several vocalists playing popular venues in London and around the UK.

With over 8 years teaching experience Neil has extensive experience in working with students of all ages and levels, tailoring his lessons for the specific individual in order to help them achieve their personal goals. He is an enthusiastic, friendly and relaxed person who is always working on developing himself as a musician and teacher.
James Lenger
Founder of the Guitar Cities schools and a graduate of Hope College in Psychology and Music, James Lenger has been teaching guitar and bass professionally for 27 years and has given over 80,000 lessons during that time. After touring with his band for a number of years and teaching privately, he founded the Guitar Cities music program in 2006, now located in Chicago, New York, Birmingham, and London. James instructs privately in Chicago, London, and New York. He is also featured on the popular Instagram site, Fifteen Second Lessons, where he instructs easy guitar lessons to around 14,000 followers. He has worked with instructing actors on HBO, designing tutorials for Warner Brothers, and is one of the most experienced private instructors in the world. He instructs all ages and abilities, and features a specially designed program that focuses on the needs of beginners and advanced, and caters to what they want to learn. Even if you've never picked up a guitar before, he can teach you the song you've wanted to learn, dive into the theory you want to go through, or put a program together for you that will make you a well-rounded musician!
James incorporates his knowledge of muscle mechanics/memory as a member of Team USA in his instruction of music, so you can learn quickly and efficiently. Primarily teaching in the morning, you can "hit the ground strumming" with a lesson before work, so you can have a more productive work day!


  - there is no registration fee for any of the classes at Guitar London!

Register for Private Instruction

Most students taking lessons at Guitar London are part of our private instruction program. Lessons are available all day on Monday through Saturday. If you have any questions about private instruction, please email us at If you wish to take our private instruction classes, please go to the schedule page here: Guitar London Private Instruction Schedule.

Blues Club

The Guitar Cities Blues Club program is your chance to jam with others in a professional soundstage environment! Held once a month at "The Joint" in King's Cross, the Blues Club will incorporate other guitar players, bass players, and drummers and will have the Guitar Cities staff on hand to instruct you. This is for musicians of all ages and abilities, so anyone can join! When learning a language, one of the best things you can do is totally immerse yourself in the language. The same is true for music, so the Blues Club allows you to jump in and start playing! The Blues Club lasts for 3 hours and is £50 per person. Please contact us using either the form or email address below for information about our next session.

Book your lesson now!

Lessons can be booked over the phone at 0203 542 5137 or fill out the convenient form below to have us contact you!

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