Expert guitar lessons for Children, Teenagers and Adults
Beginners to Advanced - All Welcome!

Teachers: Nigel Foote, Martin Foote and Dawn Egan
Teaching guitar in the Blue Mountains since 1983

Guitar teacher Nigel FooteNIGEL FOOTE

Nigel Foote is one of Australia's most experienced guitar teachers and brings a wealth of knowledge to his students. Nigel has taught guitar in the Blue Mountains since 1983 and for the Mitchell Conservatorium of Music in Bathurst and schools in the region including, All Saints College and the Blue Mountains Grammar School.

Nigel's students learn how to master the same fingerpicking techniques employed by many of the world's finest singer-songwriters and guitarists. The lessons are based on Nigel Foote's Guitar Course – a graded series of tunes equally suitable for children and adults. The guitar course is designed to get people playing the guitar as quickly as possible – a course that has evolved over 35,000 guitar lessons.

The lessons are usually one-on-one, but Nigel also gives 'parent and child' lessons which are usually of great benefit to the child, and fun for the parent too.

Nigel's Fees: half-hour lessons $40 / 1-hour lessons $70

Nigel has a current Working With Children Check certificate

Biography:

Nigel Foote is an Australian singer-songwriter who has won a number of awards for his work, including: two PATER Awards, the Rudi Brandsma Award, the PCADO Award and two Blue Mountains Music Awards. Nigel has also gained 2nd and 3rd Place plus been a finalist five times in the Australian Songwriting Awards, 2nd Place and Finalist in the Musicoz Awards, 2nd Place in the TSA Songwriter's Salute, Finalist in the Victorian & National Country Music Awards, Finalist in the Johnny Dennis Music Awards, Finalist in the Declan Affley Award and gained an Honourable Mention in the John Lennon Song Contest. 

Originally taught to play guitar by Mike McClellan, Nigel has also built a reputation as the composer of some evocative guitar instrumentals including, Southerly Buster and Home By Dark – tunes that have received national radio airplay. Nigel has released two albums, Dangerous Game and Home by Dark plus an instrumental album, Spirit of the Strings with Dawn Egan (Celtic harp). Compilation releases include Macca's Top 100, Blue Mountains Music Vol 1, and Never Underestimate the Power of a Song. Nigel has also written children's songs for the ABC Music label.

Once descibed as "... a born teacher" by a NSW Department of Education administrator, Nigel has indeed built a reputation as a dedicated guitar teacher, passing on his knowledge to a long line of students who have come to his door since 1983.

Since settling in the Blue Mountains, Nigel has always been involved with the music scene in one way or another – as a songwriter, guitar teacher, performer, folk club organiser and archiver. Nigel's music is woven through the fabric of the community, with songs such as 83 Ordinary People (The Granville Song) used in the music curriculum at Blue Mountains Grammar School, and Dangerous Game having been adopted by the Damien Trimmingham Foundation.

In 1986, as part of the International Year of Peace celebrations, the Blue Mountains City Council invited Nigel to place his anti-nuclear record, Say No, Say No/Going Somewhere (the Greenpeace single) in a time capsule, now buried at Echo Point, to be unearthed next time Haley's Comet orbits the Earth in 2061.

Other interests include photography, cricket and classic motor sport.

Nigel is married to Dawn Egan – they have three boys; Damien, Martin and Lachlan (1996 – 2018)