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About me

Who I am

Hey, my name is Scott Russell, and I'm a music graduate and professional guitarist based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. I've been playing the guitar for over 25 years, and teaching for 15 of those. I'm a passionate, dedicated, trained and skilled teacher of the classical and fingerstyle guitar.

I also write, record and produce music, and work in museums history and heritage using music as a creative and interpretive tool.

What I Do

I teach the guitar, drawing on traditional western classical methods, from beginner to advanced levels. Unlike many guitar teachers, I will not take short cuts. I teach with standard notation and theory embedded in your learning. I'm not an advocate of 'quick fix' learning, 'become a virtuoso in three weeks' methods or any kind of gimicery. I love the depth and breadth offered by a slow, steady, thorough and rigorous approach to mastering your instrument. If you learn with me, you'll enjoy learning the guitar by...

  • Simply enjoying playing the guitar as well as you can
  • Being meticulous and mindful in your practise
  • Being encouraged, supported and constructively critised, to help you develop in an atmosphere of security, safety and positivity
  • Using a variety of learning styles, covering different aspects of musicianship
  • Building on solid foundations to enjoy becoming the best guitarist you can be
  • Taking time and effort to master the art of sightreading
  • being offered technical exercises to develop your skills, and use 'case study tech exercices'
  • Proressing gradually and naturally from simpler music, to more challenging pieces
  • being creative and expressive with your music making

My Services

Guitar Tuition

One-to-one or small group tuition tailored to your interests, abilility and musical aspirations

Performance Coaching

Helping you develop yourself as a performer of music, addressing technique, performance practice, stagecraft and handling nerves


Overcoming specific challenges, aiming to improve particular skills or gaps in knowledge, or working too overcome barriers to your progression

Exam Preparation

Working towards (or pre exam preparation for) ABRSM, RGT, TCL and National Curriculum music exams from Initial to Diploma Level


Recording and mixing broadcast-quality music using my small digital studio setup

Songwriting Development

Development of your songs, arrangements and compositions

Video Assessment

Using video recording to get new perspectives on your playing and performance

Skype Guitar Lessons

All of the above services are available remotely, and at a discount, via skype and messenger services!

Frequently Asked Questions

So, what about the practicalities? Here's a quick guide to the most common and important queries for new pupils. Please contact me if you have any other questions or enquiries.



Valley Road, Meersbrook, Sheffield

Home visits by arrangement subject to availability



From £20 per 50 minute session

Discounts available for block bookings



You'll need your own guitar and tuner

I'll recommend tutorial books and music to suit you



Depends on circumstances, but regular weekly or fortnightly are best

Regular appointments are available, or ad hoc

What my clients clients say

Scott is an excellent guitar teacher. He has really helped me to develop my classical guitar technique and had helped me to learn some great new pieces that I would never have approached otherwise. Thanks

Dom McG

Scott has been teaching my nine year old son Oscar and myself for about 6 months now. Scott is a wonderful teacher! He has tailored the lessons to the interests of Oscar which has really helped him stay engaged. He is responsive to ideas and questions that we come up with and has really helped us work together in our practice. I don't have any trouble getting Oscar to do his practice now! Thank you Scott.

Oscar and Jawad

I've sung Scott's praises to friends, about how he has listened to me and is providing what I am asking and hoping for. Already I have a better understanding of my guitar and am enjoying learning all kinds of new repertoire... I'm slowly improving. The fact that I have found a teacher who is both a classical and a folk guitarist is wonderful!

Jill Eke

Contact me

If you'd like to get in touch, please email the address below, give me a call, or find me on the social networks below to connect. I will aim to get back to you within 2 working days of your enquiry!

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Valley Road
Meersbrook, Sheffield, S8 9GA

+44 7929 316 270