Patient and passionate tuition built on establishing goals with students suited to their needs and abilities.
Whether you are a complete beginner who has always wanted to play guitar, a novice who would like some discipline and direction, an aspiring or developing songwriter who wants to expand their guitar skills/song-writing ability, or a long-time guitarist who would like inspiration, guidance or to develop in a specialist area please get in touch.
Grades and Music Theory also offered
Specialist areas – Slide, Blues & Folk Fingerpicking, Songwriting. For further information please contact:
Jo graduated from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts with a BA (hons) in Performing Arts Music in 2002. She has been teaching guitar since then in private lessons, workshops, schools and summer schools. She is an experienced guitarist and singer-songwriter and has been involved in a variety of projects and collaborations and also as a solo artist. She released her debut album in 2010 and Chasing Tales EP in 2013 for which she won FATEA Awards Best Mini-Album/Single. Jo also won Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge 2014 with her song Riches to Rags.
“As an adult guitar learner, Jo has been ever so patient with me and my confidence in playing has improved immeasurably. Jo is a talented and knowledgeable teacher and I would absolutely recommend her” Normandie
“Jo is outstanding, I was having trouble sumarising Jo’s guitar tuition, but that just about covers it. I’ve taken up guitar for a couple of reasons, but mostly personal amusement. Given that I’ve started with almost zero musical knowledge, Jo has shown extreme patience, insight and skill in diagnosing the numerous inventive ways I find to get things wrong. She works well, finding where I’m going wrong, correcting and providing ways for me to improve. Jo is good at providing building blocks you need and breaking things down into manageable chunks to learn.Simply put, in my opinion, it’s definitely worth seeking Jo out and seeing how she can help your guitar playing progress” Chris
“Jo has been a fantastic and inspirational teacher for me. As a “mature” learner who has been trying to play guitar for several decades, I’ve had several teachers but Jo has really helped me to develop in ways that none of the others could. She responds fully to my preferences regarding songs and styles and also comes up with excellent ideas. The mix of technique and performance practice is perfect for me. And she’s such an easy person to like” Jack
“Jo has been teaching my two daughters for around 3 years now and in that time they have made great progress in using various techniques, grade work and playing for pleasure. Importantly they really enjoy their lessons and their practice!” Annette
“Jo Bywater is the best guitar teacher I have ever had. The lessons are very much focused on my own interests and the songs and skills I wish to learn which makes practising much more fun than just having tasks set for me. She has a fantastic eye for detail and uses this ability to break down complex riffs and songs into smaller, more easily understood techniques. Jo is patient, she communicates really well and is very understanding and flexible with lesson times and bookings. I would recommend any guitarist, beginner or expert to take lessons with Jo as her great skill and broad knowledge mean everyone stand to learn something new” Dan
Liverpool Acoustic is the only website of its kind in the UK. It was founded by Graham Holland in April 2008 as a central resource for the vibrant and exciting acoustic music scene in Liverpool and the Greater Merseyside area. The website publishes news from the local acoustic music scene, previews of upcoming events, reviews of music releases and gigs, and the Liverpool Acoustic Spotlight podcast. This content is available for free via email subscription. The diary lists acoustic events including festivals, theatre concerts, folk clubs, showcases and open mic nights.