Testimonials and Lesson Reviews √
“I have seen James every week for almost three years. During that time I have learned a tremendous amount about playing the guitar and writing and recording music. When I first visited James I was a moderately competent guitarist who could play others’ basic songs. I now play in a band and have written over 20 songs that I have recorded with James. James teaches in a hands-on, practical way and tailors lessons to students’ aptitude and musical tastes. He is also an excellent producer who offers insightful ideas and guidance on all aspects of song structure, mix and sound. He is very energetic and positive and my time in the studio is usually the highlight of my week.”
I first studied with James Stratton in 2007. Under his expert guidance I started writing my own songs and am currently working on my third CD. James is an inspiring and charismatic teacher with a deep-founded musicality and a full understanding of all different styles of music. He is great fun to work with and sensitive and adaptable to an individual’s needs. I highly recommend him to guitarists of any level who want to improve their skills or to beginners looking to fall in love with this beautiful instrument. James works out of his own recording studio and is also a talented producer experienced in Logic. To hear some of the songs we’ve recorded together go to
I’ve had lessons with James for years and my guitar playing as improved considerably, both technically and creatively. He’s been extremely knowledgeable, helpful in improving my weaknesses, and is a great guy to learn from! Lessons are always fun, and i’d definitely recommend him if you want to learn guitar.
Charlie Weaver – Lonsdale Boys Club
Guitar is the universal language which James speaks fluently! James teaches guitar in a digestible, exciting way. He focuses on both theory and technique that culture you as not just a guitarist but a well rounded musician. His song writing and production expertise make for a unique and unrivalled learning experience. I owe an awful lot to James as a guitarist, musician, performer and songwriter – I hope this doesn’t sound over the top but he couldn’t come more highly recommended by me.”
There is a little rock and roll lurking inside all of us; James specialises in teasing it out, sharpening it up and making it sound great! I play to relax and to entertain friends and family. James understands my level of commitment and tunes our lessons accordingly. My guitar skills have improved, but it’s also been loads of fun. He Keeps me rocking man!
Lessons with James have taken me Beyond my wildest dreams: I was one of those people who would say I have no musical abilities when asked if I play an instrument. When I first met james I could not play a chord, I didn’t even know what a chord was, 4 months later I played my first gig. I now play in 2 bands and have performed at cafe de Paris, the underbelly, barfly, bush hall and the troubadour. James’ wonderful teaching style, incredible knowledge of all musical genre’s and nurturing character has literally changed my life and he can change yours. Jon ford, lead singer, songwriter: Hijakkt and the rocky bay band
Having lessons with James for over 5 years has given me the opportunity to develop my guitar playing skills and technique as well as creativity. Lessons are always fun with James as he is so enthusiastic and willing to help in what ever way he can. He teaches with passion and genuinely wants to see each of his pupils develop and improve as a guitarist and a musician. I can not recommend James highly enough, without him I would not be close to the guitarist I am now!
“Coming into a guitar lesson with James I didn’t know what to expect. I was stuck in a rut. Now every week I have a something new to learn! It’s exciting to know that a teacher was once in your shoes and teaches at an exceptionally well pace. I’m never too overwhelmed and I always have something to do. I’m getting taught things i’ve always wanted to know!” — Ali SW7 √
“I have been taking guitar lessons for the last 9 months, and I already feel like I have accomplished so much! James not only has the proven experience but he also has GREAT teaching skills that have helped me reach my goals at a quicker pace.Guitar Lessons Kensington really are great! It’s a very collaborative learning environment and it’s exciting to know that I can pick a song and be able to work on it and not have to wait years to try it!” — Keith W8.
“After playing on my own for some time, I had gotten into all kinds of bad habits. I was very glad to start taking lessons with James because he has a great way of teaching guitar in an engaging, motivating way. Soon I was working out of my odd habits and learning how to play some amazing music, from Blackbird to AC/DC. James is excellent at bringing together playing style, technique, and music fundamentals in an efficient way that accelerates learning and makes it fun.”Chris SW1X √