Advice For Guitarists

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    Established in 1997, Allmusic Guitar Tuition offers professional guitar tuition in a wide range of styles, acoustic, electric and classical tuition offered for all ages. Based in central Hamilton, New Zealand, our courses are known for helping students achieve their best. With courses catering for all levels, our school will help the absolute beginner through to examination preparation and professional performance level. We offer a wide range of lesson times to suit your timetable.

    In addition to guitar tuition, we offer classes in music theory.

    Tuition Info

    Located in the Forest Lake area, Allmusic Guitar Tuition offers a range of options for lessons. We offer morning, afternoon and evening classes. We teach a wide range of styles and cater to players of all levels.


    Students who are new to the guitar are guided through the early stages and given advice on purchasing a guitar, tuning the instrument and applying correct technique through the early learning stages. All students classes are tailored to the individual ensuring you progress at your own pace.


    Players who have prior experience are individually assessed and assisted with applying methods to help them progress to the next level. Students are exposed to a wide variety of styles and learning contexts to help secure new knowledge and skills learnt.

    Students are encouraged to learn material from players and bands they are familiar with to help personalise the learning experience.


    Our advanced classes are designed to open new doors for the experienced player. Whether you are wanting to improve your technique, work on approaches to improvisation or tackle a new style altogether, our classes will provide you with new challenges and the support to help you achieve your goals.

    Players who need new inspiration or advice on how to take their playing to a new level are guided through clear steps to improvement. Students have access to backing tracks and full scores of contemporary guitar classics along with Jazz Standards and Classical pieces to challenge their skill and reach new goals.

    In addition to refining technique and skill, advanced players are exposed to new concepts and approaches to their playing which in turn will help them grow as a musician.


    We offer tuition and exam preparation in both classical guitar (Trinity College London) and electric guitar (Rockschool). Our 100% previous pass rate is your guarantee.

    Our positive and encouraging environment will help you achieve your best results.

    In-school Tuition

    St John's College

    In mid 2009 the idea of bringing private user pays guitar tuition into the school environment was spearheaded by H.O.D Glen Parr and brought into fruition in conjunction with Allmusic Guitar Tuition. In addition to the itinerant music programme, Allmusic Guitar Tuition offers the students great flexibility with times and class sizes.

    Students have the option to attend group classes or discuss options for private lessons in school. Both lessons are offered at a discounted rate for student's affordability. With class times from 8.00am there are plenty of options for students to choose a lesson time that suits their timetable.

    The lessons cater to both beginners and students working towards NCEA performance assessments. As students progress, they are assessed and placed in groups with players of a similar level to ensure maximum progress at all times.

    Lessons are held on Wednesdays and run for 9 weeks every term.

    Students are encouraged to enrol early for the following term to secure a time. Lessons are booked on a 'first in first served' basis each term.

    For all enquires contact Stu Edwards.

    07 834 3469 or

    To confirm your lesson time, please fill out the enrolment form and return with your payment.

    St John's College Enrolment Form

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    In-school Tuition

    Fairfield Intermediate School

    Stu Edwards of Allmusic Guitar Tuition is pleased to be at Fairfield Intermediate delivering the guitar programme this year. Stu has been teaching guitar in schools and privately since 1997 and is an experienced, encouraging teacher. He is excited to be at Fairfield and looking forward to sharing his knowledge and passion for guitar.

    Students are offered group tuition in which they will work on their basic technique and skills. As their confidence grows, they will work towards showcasing their ability in public performances. Guitar lessons are offered during class hours and the group setting provides an affordable, motivational and fun environment for learners of all levels.

    In addition to the group lessons, some students will have the opportunity to join an extended group in which they can learn to play various styles of music in an ensemble setting. Styles such as Blues, Rock, Funk and Reggae expand the student’s musicality and skill set with each genre offering a new challenge.

    Lessons during your child’s Intermediate years will establish a strong set of base skills and help prepare them for continuing music through High School.

    For all enquiries contact Stu Edwards.

    07 834 3469 or

    To confirm your lesson time, please fill out the enrolment form and return with your payment.

    Fairfield Intermediate School Enrolment Form

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    Stu Edwards - BMA (Music), ATCL, NCAET, OFNL, NZMEB Examiner

    Stu is a classically trained guitarist with a deep background in rock music. His live performing career spans 30 years and has seen him perform throughout New Zealand and also in Australia.

    Stu completed his BMA (Commercial Music) Degree in 2013 and continued with further study gaining his ATCL (Instrumental & Vocal Teaching) and a National Certificate in Adult Education and Training. He is passionate about Guitar, Education and the Theory of Music and enjoys incorporating the three in daily life.

    In addition to his private teaching, Stu also teaches guitar at Wintec as part of the Contemporary Music Performance Pathway (Commercial Music Degree).

    In 2017 Stu was invited to join NZMEB as an examiner and help develop their new guitar syllabus.

    Stu worked as part of the music staff at Hamilton’s Vision College from 2010 through to 2016. In this role he taught various subjects including, guitar, music theory, aural training, band ensemble, arranging & composing, improvisation and chart reading.

    Stu has run the guitar programme at St Johns College since 2009 and now also teaches at Hamilton’s Fairfield Intermediate School.

    Previously a music reviewer for The Waikato Times, Stu continues to write for NZ Musician magazine as a columnist & music reviewer.

    Stu is married to Jenni and they have two children who both play instruments and get a lot of enjoyment from music also.


    Glen Parr - Head of Music - St Johns College - Hamilton

    "Allmusic Guitar Tuition has had a profound impact on the learning and achievement of our boys, and the academic successfulness of the Music Department. The level of performance in our college has risen exponentially since Allmusic Guitar Tuition came on board, and the improvement continues year-on-year. Allmusic Guitar Tuition's specially designed course places our boys well for all manner of musical pursuit including educationally, socially, in the community and professionally."

    Joanne Whitt, Head of School of Music, Vision College

    "Stu is an accomplished teacher and musician, and has outstanding skills and experience in guitar performance".

    Trevor Faville - Head of Music - Melville High School

    "Allmusic Guitar Tuition has been participating in music education in the Waikato for quite some time, and has earned a reputation for high standards and quality teaching. Stu has assembled a team that teaches a well-rounded and thorough programme of learning for students, who are noted for their grasp of technique and general musicianship."

    Josh White

    "I started to learn the guitar as bet 2 years ago and through the teachings of Allmusic Guitar, have found an addiction in the guitar and love it. As everyone is busy, I appreciate that Allmusic Guitar Tuition are always on time. Stu and Nick are always prepared for your lesson so you're not wasting time and are getting great value for money.

    They will focus on your weak points but also keep it interesting with new techniques and explaining the basics of music.

    As you spend time with them you see how much thought and experience has gone into their teaching systems, with simple scales and practice exercises leading into new and more complex songs.

    For any person thinking about starting out or even if you are wanting to tidy up your skills at any level, there is only one company that you should see, and that's Stu at Allmusic Guitar."

    Hayden Bradburn

    "Stu has been a superb teacher and great inspiration for me over the past five years as he taught me not only how to play the guitar, but understanding how each aspect comes together. I would recommend Stu to any age group and to any skill level. You won't be disappointed."

    Michael Roots

    "Stu and Nick are great teachers. They are organised, focused and patient. Lessons allow you to progress at an individual pace and at a level that suits you. Most of all I appreciate the enthusiasm they have for playing music, and the way they are both excited about your progress. Recommended!"

    Isao Kayano

    "Thank you very much Allmusic Guitar Tuition team for the professional and friendly tuition. I truly enjoy the lessons."

    Paul McGilvary

    "I'm no Eric Clapton, but Allmusic Guitar Tuition make me feel like him sometimes!

    The lessons are tailored to my ability with just enough "push" to keep me improving and that's what I like. I can determine what I learn and the pace of it. Stu and Nick understand the learning process well and always make the learning environment a happy one.

    I really look forward to my guitar lessons every week."

    Ritchie Stevens

    "I have been going to Allmusic Guitar Tuition for 3 years now and I have really enjoyed my time. Nick is friendly, professional and great to work with. I am no Hendrix, but he encourages me and always makes me feel good about my playing. I also like the way Nick lets me choose some of my own songs and he is so talented at transcribing them in his own time so we can play what I have been listening to. Stu is also very accommodating and is always flexible with times if you have a problem and always gets back to you as soon as possible. They make a great team and I have loved learning guitar. I would recommend it as a place to learn."

    Garry Wilkinson

    "Hi I'm Garry and my daughters Danika and Alexa wanted to learn to play the guitar and I got recommended to contact Allmusic Guitar Tuition.

    So we started with Stu Edwards and Nick about 4 years ago. I was really impressed. They are fantastic teachers, especially when you are teaching two left handed guitar players and the challenge of writing chord changes and how we would read the notes was excellent. They catered for our needs 'in how we learnt'.

    I would recommend their business to anyone who was looking to take up playing guitar from beginners right through to advanced levels. These two fine musicians ROCK!!"

    Kelson Simonsen

    "I have studied at Allmusic Guitar Tuition for over 5 years. The quality of teaching here is amazing! The tutors make learning the guitar an easy and enjoyable experience and lessons are suitable for people of all ages. Allmusic teach all styles and have a vast collection of teaching resources. Whether you want to skank like Bob Marley or shred like Joe Satriani, Allmusic will provide. Lessons are tailored to the individual so you are able to work with the tutor to achieve your own specific goals. These lessons have inspired me to pursue music as a career and I now have a Bachelor of Media Arts. I encourage anyone who is interested in learning the guitar or improving their abilities to give these lessons a go."

    Aaron Boyens

    "An excellent, engaging and encouraging teaching style, from a wide knowledge base and obvious experience. I highly recommend Allmusic Guitar Tuition to any guitar player wanting to invest into their craft."


    Guitar Studies By Stu Edwards

    Guitar Studies

    By Stu Edwards

    ISBN: 978-0-473-23883-4
    $39.00 NZD (Free Shipping World Wide)


    Product Number: AP238834
    Format: Book
    Pages: 119
    ISBN: 978-0-473-23883-4
    Dimensions: 220mm x 300mm
    Publisher: Allmusic Publications
    Publication City/Country: Hamilton New Zealand
    Date Published: 2013, 2017 (2nd edition)

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    Short Melodies By Stu Edwards

    Short Melodies

    By Stu Edwards

    ISBN: 978-0-473-41024-7
    $25.00 NZD (Free Shipping World Wide)


    Product Number: AP410247
    Format: Book (Notation & Tablature)
    Pages: 26
    ISBN: 978-0-473-41024-7
    Dimensions: 220mm x 300mm
    Publisher: Allmusic Publications
    Publication City/Country: Hamilton New Zealand
    Date Published: 01/09/2017

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    Allmusic Guitar Pick

    Guitar Picks

    By Allmusic Publications

    20 x Picks $10.00 NZD
    50 x Picks $25.00 NZD (Free Shipping World Wide)


    Product Number: AP11311
    Format: Guitar Pick (Medium Gauge)
    Dimensions: 0.70mm
    Manufacturer: Allmusic Publications
    Custom picks made to order with text or personalised logo. Contact us for pricing.

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    Stu & Jenni Edwards

    Phone - 07 834 3469

    Email -

    Post - Allmusic Guitar Tuition - 5 Hobson Street - Hamilton - 3200

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