Over the last 37 years and over 10,000 visitors, every aspect of the studio has been crafted and tailored by its students.

Many facilities at the studio have been the template that other studios have tried to emulate but have never equalled.

With real state of the art equipment we are able to provide a high quality learning environment for students as well as

superb facilities for parents to wait in either our reception area or in outside undercover courtyard.

With a very high success rate in RGT exam passes, we have had the pleasure of watching many students go on to

professional musical careers such as teaching. Our students not only improve in their practical playing, but also in areas

such as musical theory, their musical ear and even writing capabilities if they wish.

Our teaching is thorough, whilst maintaining a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Many students get together away from the

studio in the groups they have been learning in, thus many bands have been formed in this way over the years.

 

Why learn to play guitar?

Lots of us consider learning to play the guitar, but never quite get around to it. Often we buy a guitar with the best of intentions, only for it to end up sitting ignored in the corner of the room. If you have struggled to get passed this stage, here are some reasons to pick up that guitar again and learn to play it! Here are five great reasons to stop thinking about it and start doing it. Book a free guitar lesson with Mike Clarke Studio today.

IT’S FUN!

When you very first pick up a guitar you may feel a bit disappointed and frustrated that you cannot make it sound as good as your favourite musicians. However, you only need to learn a few simple chords to be on your way to being able to play a number of songs. The joy and sense of accomplishment of being able to do this is actually measurable. Research as been done which shows that playing music triggers the brain to release dopamine, which gives us a sense of reward and pleasure.

IMPRESS YOUR FRIENDS

In these days of online entertainment and console games, taking the time to learn an instrument is becoming rarer. When your friends boasts of being able to play a Dave Mustaine guitar solo in Guitar Hero, wipe the smile off their faces by plying one on a real guitar.

REDUCE STRESS

It has also been found that playing an instrument can help to fight stress. Picking up your guitar after a hard day at work can help you relax and de-stress. One study even found that test subjects who play music for around one hundred minutes a day showed a significant drop in blood pressure.

SHARPEN YOUR MIND

It has been established that learning to play the guitar, or any other musical instrument, can improve brain function. This can be especially beneficial to children, and the older generation who wish to guard against mental decline. 

JOIN A BAND

The ability to play guitar or bass guitar can lead to opportunities to join a band. Playing with other musicians is a fun thing to do in it’s own right, but once you get out and start gigging, even if you never get beyond playing your local town, you will have experiences which you and you friends will reminisce about for a lifetime. If you do wish to join a band, bass players will have an advantage over guitar players as there always seems to be about ten guitarists to every bass player. Learn to play both, and you’ll be quids in!

YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE

Get in touch with Michael Clarke Studio today and book yourself a lesson. Your first guitar lesson or bass guitar lesson is always FREE, so there is really nothing to lose and everything to gain. Take the first step to having more fun in your life – learn to play the guitar!