Joe Frater Stockton-on-Tees, UK

About Me

I am a 25 year old music teacher based in the North East of England specialising in guitar tuition. I have been teaching guitar for several years now with a 100% pass rate amongst all of my students in graded examinations. I can assist and advise students in all aspects of their musical endeavours, be it songwriting, performing or understanding of music theory.

My style of teaching emphasises a highly tailored approach towards each individual student depending on their ability and overall aims. From beginners who are looking to simply learn the basics of their instrument and play along with their favourite songs, to intermediate and advanced players who are seeking guidance in refining their techniques, I can offer friendly, engaging and professional tuition on your chosen instrument.

Exam Boards Taught

RGT Guitar, Bass and Ukulele.


I hold a Grade 8 qualification in Electric Guitar Playing through the Registry of Guitar Tutors. I also hold a Btec qualification in Music Technology.

Abilities Taught

Complete Beginners to Advanced.

As a teacher my main aim is to work on your core ability as a musician so that you may feel comfortable and confident improvising and playing with others in an ensemble context with a view to finding your own style and niche in the music world.
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Average 5.0 from 11 reviews.
13th December 2019 by Ian Douglas
I had wanted to learn guitar for a long time, Bass guitar to be precise but had never had the time or money to follow this up. Now all these years later the only thing stopping me was how do I go about it and who do I speak too ? Step forward Joe, This guy is first class he has the patience of a saint, his skill set and knowledge are outstanding. and he takes the time to find out what it is YOU want to learn and sets about this in a friendly professional manner. nothing is to much bother, he will give praise when necessary and constructive feedback when required, I was a bit nervous at first of trying something new, but would highly recommend this guy to all my family and friends regardless of age if like me they want to learn guitar. OUTSTANDING Joe Thanks Ian D.
5th May 2019 by Joe Lowther
My son has been having guitar lessons with Joe for a year and he looks forward to every lesson. Joe is very talented and patient - he works gently to build confidence and makes the lessons fun and enjoyable. I would highly recommend Joe.
24th February 2019 by Adi Jha
An excellent teacher who always has the right attitude and passion. Not only are lessons really fun and enjoyable but they always feel productive and focused. These lessons are definitely helpful for both beginners and more advanced musicians. Evidence: helped me get a distinction in grade one.
21st February 2019 by Michael McLaren
Joe is very approachable with plenty of patience, which is a great attribute, for beginners like myself! Lessons are always relaxed and fun; I would not hesitate to recommend Joe to my friends and family. Great work Joe!
10th February 2019 by Jeff Wilkinson
I started to learn the bass guitar a couple of years ago but hit a wall and gave up. My seven year old grandson started taking lessons with Joe late last year the feedback they gave about him persuaded me to give it another try. I've not regretted it and it's fun trying to learn again. Joe's very knowledgeable and, probably just as important, very patient. Learning's become a pleasure again. So whether you're seven like my grandson or sixty eight like me, I can recommend Joe as a teacher.
20th August 2018 by Thomas Loraine
A great teacher, he's down to earth, has a fantastic and upbeat personality, very helpful and knows his music like the back of his hand, known him for years, I strongly recommend him as a your guitar teacher.
20th August 2018 by Alex Donovan
Joe is a great guy who knows his stuff and is passionate about teaching. Lessons are always chilled and enjoyable, Joe is easy to get along with and has quickly become a good friend.
20th August 2018 by Emilie Fritsch
Great teacher! He explains very well, is very patient and very friendly.
20th August 2018 by Shyrin Robinson
My daughter has been attending guitar lessons for nearly a year with Joe. He is a fantastic teacher, very passionate, professional and welcoming. Joe has given my daughter 100% of his time and dedication in lesson to build her confidence. He goes that extra mile to make sure the lesson he has provided is fully understood. Nothing is ever to much trouble, which has reflected in my daughters confidence and guitar playing.
20th August 2018 by Chris Lynch
Came to Joe as an absolute beginner. I did not know one end of the guitar from another but I had a passion to learn to play. Joe has kept me interested and I am learning new skills every time I take a lesson. It's great fun. Joe has a really laid back style of teaching, no fuss or impatience. How he picks up the tunes so quickly I'll never know. It's never to late to learn .
20th August 2018 by Darren Wilde
Joe is an excellent teacher, he has been teaching my son from a complete beginner and his knowledge and teaching method are first class, makes learning enjoyable, and the progress my son is making is a credit to Joe's guitar skill and teaching style.

How long will it take to learn to play guitar?

How long is a piece of string? :D There is no real response for this question as every student learns at a different rate. However as a guide someone who practices regularly between lessons should be able to play basic chords and a strumming pattern within 6 weeks.

Do you have any age restrictions?

I would recommend the earliest starting age of 5/6 years old. There is no upper age limit and I currently teach a lot of adults.

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Lesson Pricing

  • 30 Minutes - £13.00
  • 60 Minutes - £26.00

Instruments Taught

  • Bass
  • Guitar
  • Ukulele


  • Monday 15:00 - 21:30
  • Tuesday 16:00 - 21:30
  • Wednesday 15:00 - 21:30
  • Thursday 15:00 - 21:30
  • Friday Not Available
  • Saturday Not Available
  • Sunday Not Available

Cancellation Policy

  • I require 24 hours notice to be able to amend any booking. No credits or refunds will be issued if the appropriate notice is not given.