Mark Pitchforth, a former manager at UK supplier, Freestyle Music, and the founder of Edoru, the retail website developer, has launched a new website, Findguitarlessons.co.uk (FGL). Pitchforth's idea is to create a community for both guitar students and guitar teachers and move away from the prevalence of online lessons in favour of 'the real thing'.
The site, which only launched this week, is calling for guitar teachers from around the country to register – as a first step – in order to create the magnet for students seeking face-to-face lessons.
"Ultimately, this is a website where students can find teachers," explained Pitchforth. "But it will also build up to be a community where teacjers and players alike can flag up their events and gigs, as well as their lessons and those that take one of the paid packages can develop their own microsite within the FGL hub.
"I am deliberately avoiding the online guitar lessons thing – this is about real people giving and receiving real lessons."
The website is free to register for students and teachers and there is a four-tier system for involvement for the teachers, ranging from the free basic package, up to an all-singing, all-dancing gold package at £149 per year.
"Even at its most basic, guitar teachers will have a visible, cost effective web presence, especially for the ones that don’t have their own web site," continued Pitchforth. "Also for tutors that have their own website we are working to expand FGL to include ‘value added’ features such as allowing students and teachers to be associated so that tutors can add messages and lesson plans etc to the site that only their approved students can access."
The site also has room for advertising and Pitchforth is looking to the MI trade, both retailers and suppliers, to take advantage of some prime web space.