Hi, my name is Chris Downing and I'm a
guitar and bass teacher and player in Wiltshire, England. Welcome to
my website. You'll find lots of new material all the time as I
regularly try to update with whatever I'm getting asked for, or
whatever is interesting me at the time. So, no corporate
strategic thinking going on here then - this is supposed to be a break
from all that big company stuff and day to day hurly burly. Hope you enjoy it all.
Most people visit here because they are
either my weekly students, have seen me play in pubs and clubs, or
they've found me through a search engine because they either want to
play better or learn to practice better.
Well you're in the right place. I've put
these pages together to help you keep you moving forwards. Or if
you are a complete beginner I hope I can put you on the right track. I know it's pretty easy to get stuck in a rut and play the
same stuff over and over, then find you're not progressing past those
few songs. Here you'll find all sorts of ideas, resources, lessons
and support materials to help you play better.
For my students these pages are used for
resources, templates and links to useful sites; whether that's to buy
some equipment or find new sites that offer insights other than my
own. If you're just a visitor you'll find this is a website that
doesn't try to sell you a whole load of stuff - I don't need the money
or the hassle to start heavyweight web-trading - there's a few items I
can send you, but I'm primarily a player and teacher. That's what I
enjoy doing. So relax - there's no selling coming later!
My students still from 5 years old
to about 67 (I think), so age hasn't seemed to be an excuse to start
or continue learning. I've taught in a lot of different styles and a
lot of different lesson forms, in groups and face to face sessions.
guitar and bass at a Secondary School, Primary
School and in my studio with private students. Everything you find
here is a result of those experiences. You'll find lesson plans, book
lists, syllabuses, templates, chord charts, scale diagrams, practice
sheets for your work diary. And if you need to find work or want
to become a teacher, I've included everything I've learnt about that
as well. Hope you enjoy what you find.
I play in four bands locally; bass in a
four piece local rock band called
'Fat Freddy's Cat',
and guitar, bass, banjo and
a duo. I've recently started to play some
solo gigs - mostly
instrumental pieces and ambience stuff for drinks parties and theme
now the guys want to start a retro Blues Band called
The Seth Kruger
My guitar has always been close at hand
and a great 'friend'. Nothing beats being able to sit down, and play
a few classic songs and riffs to help chill out after a tough day. So
whether you plan to become a professional guitarist, or just a play
for the sheer enjoyment of creating live music, you'll soon discover
that playing in front of a big audience or just a handful of friends
is every bit as exciting as you imagine it might be. Speak to anyone
who's done it - they're hooked!
These web-pages will give you some of the
basics that I teach. Here you'll find some help with your solos,
common chord progressions, some theory demystified, finger exercises,
and even a few videos and audios so you can experience a lesson or
two, as though we're one to one in the practise room.
Chris Downing 2nd December
2010 - snowed in today.