My name is Mark Ellwood, head tutor and founder of ‘guitar school’
I began my guitaring life way back when I was just 7 years old with a second hand guitar bought for me by my mother from a local bargain store in Queensferry, Deeside. It had about 3 strings if I remember correctly and was hopelessly out of tune. I remember sitting for what felt like years with it balanced on my lap, and pressing down the strings as if it were a piano. Needless to say I didn't get very far.

It was in high school, around the age of 14 when I began to take the instrument seriously. Meeting other pupils that were into the same things as I was musically really helped me, and I began playing in my dinner hour, when the music teacher would let us have access to the guitars! I used to watch an older pupil at my school and then try and remember the chord shapes he was using until I got home. Then I would try to reproduce them on my new guitar, that now had a full set of strings. I quickly advanced over the next 4-5 years and began writing my own songs. Once they were written I started recording them in a spare bedroom in our house.

As my talent grew, I then began to teach friends and family members some songs they liked. It seemed to me anybody could play the guitar. It was some time before I realised it was to do with the style of teaching and my endless patience with students that was producing such good results. In 2006 I began teaching on a professional level, using the RGT acoustic,electric, bass, classical and rock syllabi’s. As word spread about my
teaching my student base started to grow. Students started arriving from as far as Cardiff, Manchester, Liverpool and Colwyn Bay. My student from
Cardiff still attends lessons to this day. At current he is working on his ALCM Diploma after achieving a distinction in his Grade 8 and DIPLCM guitar 

I believe that you should be able to learn the style of music that you want when you have music lessons, not what the tutor finds it easiest to do. This is why my clients pick the style that they are keen to learn, with specific songs in mind if they choose. Or they can do a bit of everything. If you want to have a noticeable qualification, then I can work you through your RGT exams. RGT stands for the Registry of Guitar Tutors and is a national recognized qualification. This also carries the added benefit of obtaining
UCAS points that can lead to university entry. The RGT were established in 1992 with the aims of improving the quality of guitar education. The exams that they offer are done through the London College of Music, and range from preliminary then 1-8, 1 being the first through to 8 that is for the 
advanced guitarist. These are available in acoustic, electric guitar and bass. There is a link on this site for more information on the RGT. Guitar School now boasts a 100% pass rate in these exams!

In 2012 I was awarded the Flintshire Excellence Award for my last 5 years work with people with memory problems in Flintshire. The Flintshire Sounds project is very rewarding and some- thing I absolutely love to do.
I am available for teaching from my home studio, session work, recording, writing, teaching in schools, music in hospitals/care homes etc, workshops and all other aspects of work within the music industry. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in contact with me.

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