Stan Gee

Pick n Strum

All lessons are on a personal One to One basis, available from Monday to Friday. Competitively Priced
Daytime Rates: ( 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.) £15 per hour,  £8 per half hour. 
Evening Rate:            (6 p.m. til 9p.m.)    £12 per 40 minutes.
It should be noted that the student is not just paying for ephemeral time; as any, or all of the lesson period may be audio taped to be re-run as often as necessary. Plus, all required diagrams are supplied at no extra cost!.
Class & Small Group Tuition: 
Experienced in Class Tuition in both Schools & Colleges of further education; private  smaller group tuition & Festival Workshops. Fee negotiable. Festival Workshops: Unlike most workshops which usually take the format of studying the physical technique of the person leading the workshop, Stan´s workshops always cover a good proportion of music theory. ´Theory´ being a scary word to a lot of people, he explaines it in terms of ´Why music works´ rather than just ´showing how´ he does it! His ´Old Time Music Theory´(including the Modal system) workshops were always very popular at Gainsborough´s Friends of Old Time Music & Dance Festival for several years, always being fully signed-up before any of the other usual instrumental workshops! His ´Song Accompaniment on 5-string Banjo´ have been a well received feature at several Saltburn Folk Festivals in recent years.
His Qualifications:
Stan Gee has no technical music qualifications. However, his varied experience more than makes up lack of paper. He has been playing for around 50 years, much of that time performing professionally. He has studied the necessary characteristic technique required for the many different instruments he can play.He has also studied music theory prior to taking up teaching and has been actively involved  in both activities for around 35 years, and ongoing!
A Variety of Teaching Approaches:        
Following an initial assessment period, prospective pupils would be advised on an appropriate course of study which could involve an academic reading music approach; tablature from a published manual; or Stan´s own unique approach utilising diagrams in conjunction with  taped musical examples. 
Student Instrument Hire Thinking about a different or unusual instrument but worried about how you will take to it? It makes sense to try your hand on an apropriate Instrument before making the commitment to buy. We have a comprehensive range of instruments for sale which can be Hired for a nominal fee. 
Follow Up Program
A Follow-Up Program offers progressing pupils the opportunity to practice their performance skills at The Pickin´ Parlor, at The SPA Hotel, Saltburn, every Wednesday evening. A fully equipped Open-Mic stage, operates on the 1st., 3rd. & 5th. wednesdays in the month, the 2nd. & 4th. Wednesdays being purely acoustic nights! A £1 cover charge plus Raffle helps to pay for the booking of Inspirational Guest Artistes of exceptional instrumental achievement, when ever they are available. 

Guitar: Nylon Strung Classical  fingerstyle basic technique.  Steel-String Acoustic; Finger-picking Ragtime; Country; Blues & folk song Accompanying styles. Electric; Electro-Acoustic;   Plectrum Style Jazz & Rock Basics.   

Flatpick Bluegrass style; 12 string technique including Bajo-Sexto. 
Banjo: 5-String; 3-Finger Picking Bluegrass/Scruggs-Style; Old-Time Frailing/Clawhammer style;
Classic(Gut/Nylon strung)Fingerstyle; Specialising in all song Accomp-animent Styles using a regular or Long-Neck-Folk Banjo. .
Tenor Banjo: Irish & Ragtime Melodic Styles; Low Irish Tuning or Standard Jazz tuning & melodic chordal techniques.  
Plectrum Banjo: Dixieland Jazz Melodic Chordal Rhythm Style, using standard or ´G´tuning.
6-string Guitar-Banjo: or 4-string banjo tuned like the first 4 strings of a guitar, or Baritone Ukulele in banjo style!
Ukulele: Soprano (standard size); Concert; Tenor; Baritone; 10-stringTiple; 8-stringTaro-Patch; Ukulele-Banjo/Banjolele; Simple Song accompaniment up to advanced Melodic Chord Solos & George Formby Rhythm style.
Mandolin: Mandolin-Banjo & 4-string Banjolin. Classical approach; Bluegrass Rhythm Chops; Melodic Ragtime & Irish Styles.
Bass: Electric & Electro-Acoustic Bass-Guitar; Upright Double/Contra-Bass Viol. Fingerstyle or flat-pick style.
Fiddle: Melodic & Rhythmic Basics for the Folk/Country fiddler, inc. Open/Cross tunings.
Dobro: Bluegrass &/or Hawaiian Lap Steel; Blues Bottleneck Slide in a variety of Open Tunings.
Dulcimer: Appalachian Mt.plucked & ´Strumstick´.Melodic &/or Rhythmic techniques. Under-standing the Modal & Key systems & different tunings.
Autoharp: Rhythmic techniques & Melody Picking. Understanding the Key System & Range of the Autoharp.                             
Harmonica: Different types; Straight &/or Cross-Harp Blues style; using a Rack with guitar etc.
Hispanic Instruments: 12-string Bandurria; Laud; Bajo-Sexto;   & Colombian Tiple; 10-string Bolivian Charango; Puerto-Rican Cuatro; 5-string Mexican Vihuela & Canary Island Timple:4-string Venezuelan Cuatro & Bandola; Brazillian Cavaquino & Portuguese Braguina;Cuban Tres & Requinto.


Around ten years ago, we made a series of tuition videos starting with a series of five, approximately 50 minute volumes on ´Downpicking Banjo, from basic Frailing up to Melodic Clawhammer´. Initially made for one specific customer, they were then made available to to the general public and were received with such enthusiasm that they were followed with a further series of 2 & 1/2 to 3 hour ´Painless Theory´ videos, subtitled ´Chord-Logic´. Starting with Guitar, and going on to include Ukulele; Banjo & Tenor-Banjo. We fully intend to  reshoot these on DVD, starting with ´Guitar Chord-Logic´, hopefully in time for the Western Music Association Festival at Albuquerque, New Mexico in November, for Stan´s intended guitar workshop entitled ´Master your Fretboard´. Until then, I would be happy to run off a copy of any of the old Chord Logic videos for £25 each, or all 5 Downpicking Banjo volumes for £60 including post & packing, This is obviously much cheaper than 3 to 5 private lessons with the added benefit of repetion at your leisure, and also includes the guarantee of a full refund if not totally satisfied with the contents! .

Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ´phone Stan on 01642 478859 or Eve on 01642 490517